We love a shortcut, especially when the end result is something mouthwateringly delicious. From pancakes and cookies to waffles and fudge, all you need to whip up these yummy creations is a box of cake mix (plus a few kitchen staples). And don’t worry—these recipes look and taste like the real deal, meaning that no one (not even your mother-in-law) will guess that they weren’t made from scratch. Sweet. 

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Birthday Cake Mix Waffles

Topped with maple syrup, whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles, natch.

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Cake Batter Cookies made with cake mix PureWow

Cake Batter Cookies

Serve with a glass of cold milk, or make 'em into the prettiest ice-cream sandwiches.

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Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Easy Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

Whip up a batch of these beauties when you want to impress guests but are short on time.

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Cake Batter Fudge

The sweetest party favor treat.

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Cake Mix Cookies

The opportunities are endless.

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Cake Mix Pancakes

Red velvet for breakfast? Count. Us. In.

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Skinny Confetti Cake Batter Milkshakes

The spiral sprinkle glasses are actually surprisingly easy to make. (And don't they look cute?)

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Strawberry Cake Mix Brownies

Strawberry Cake Mix Brownies

A new take on an old classic.

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Cake Batter Macarons

Cake Batter French Macarons

We’ll take two, s'il vous plaît.

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Cake Mix Doughnuts

Cronuts? Yawn. This is the combo we’ve been waiting for.

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Pumpkin Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

These babies need to be prepped the night before, but they’re totally worth the extra effort.

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Lazy Cookie Bars

Chewy, gooey bites of deliciousness.

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Cake Batter Ice Cream

A no-churn treat the whole family will love.

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Four-Ingredient Lemon Cookies

They’re light and airy, so it’s fine to eat five.

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