15 Weird but Wonderful Ways to Use Cake Mix

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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If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen

Birthday Cake Mix Waffles

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

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Cake Batter Cookies

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

Easy Lemon Meringue Cupcakes

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

Cake Batter Fudge

The sweetest party favor treat.

Cake Mix Cookies

The opportunities are endless.

Cake Mix Pancakes

Red velvet for breakfast? Count. Us. In.

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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Pip and Ebby

Strawberry Cake Mix Brownies

A new take on an old classic.

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Peach and Plenty

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.

Pumpkin Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

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

Lazy Cookie Bars

Chewy, gooey bites of deliciousness.

Cake Batter Ice Cream

A no-churn treat the whole family will love.

Four-ingredient Lemon Cookies

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

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