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Cake Mix Cheats: 16 cheater cake recipes that taste delicious

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Feeling too lazy to bake from scratch… or just not got enough time? Here is a list of cake mix treats. 16 cheater cake recipes for creating amazing cakes and baked goods using cake mix.


My mum has never let a cake mix into her house.

She’s a purist about baking.

I’m not sure she ever even bought bread until after I’d left home!

So I have to say I feel ever so slightly guilty about the very idea of using a cake mix.

But there are days when something has to give!

Plus, cheating to get some baking done gives you the time to be that bit more creative – as this fab collection of cake mix cheats shows …

Looking for cake mix cheats because you’re making a kids birthday party? One of our most popular posts is on great ideas for Kids Party Games plus our Kids Party Planning Tips post gets lots of love from the Mums Make Lists community.

Right, now back to those cheater cakes… get ready to start drooling… !!


Want to be able to see the cheater cakes on video? Take a look at the roundup on this little video I’ve made. All links are in the post below.


1. Momofuku Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Bars with Blueberries

These butter cake bars are melt-in-the-mouth delicious!


Momofuku ooey gooey butter cake bars with blueberries… Bakers Royale

2. Marshmallow Stuffed White Chocolate Cupcakes

Crazy easy to make, these marshmallow stuffed cupcakes are the ultimate in decadence!!

Marshmallow stuffed white chocolate cupcakes recipe

Marshmallow Stuffed White Chocolate Cupcakes… Avery Cooks

3. Lemon Oreo Cheesecake Bars

I’m a huge fan of Oreos, they are so naughty but nice and add a little extra magic to these cheesecake bars!

Lemon Oreo Cheesecake Bars … Six Sisters on My Recipe Magic

4. Cake Mix Sandwich Cookie


Cake mix sandwich cookies… The Lady Behind The Curtain

5. Soda Pop Cupcakes

These are the ultimate cheater cupcakes!! Who knew soda pop and cake mix could make such utter delicousness?!!

2 Ingredient Cherry Pop Cupcakes recipe

Soda Pop Cupcakes… Betty Crocker

6. Cherry Cobbler

Cherry Cobbler … Pint Sized Baker

7. Yellow Poppy Seed Cake

These poppy seed cakes are so hipster no-one would even think that they were cheater cakes in disguise!!


Yellow Poppy Seed Cake… Pip and Ebby

8. Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Orange Creamsicle Cookies … Carrie This Home

9. Banana Foster Cookies

Banana Foster Cookies … One Tipsy Chick

10. Cake batter Crispy Treats

These crispy treats are so fun and frivolous, perfect for kids’ birthday parties!

Cake batter crispy treats recipe

Cake batter Crispy Treats…. How Sweet It Is

11. Decadent Fudge Bars

Decadent Fudge Bars … Northern Cottage

12. Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake

How retro is this pineapple upside down cake?!! And there’s no easier way to make it than using cake mix as a cheat!!

Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake … Yesterfood

13. Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes

And just in case you want smaller pineapple upside down cakes… here you go, teeny tiny cheater cakes!!

Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes … Melding Magic

14. Blueberry Spice Struesel Coffee Cake

Blueberry Spice Struesel Coffee Cake … Turnips 2 Tangerines

15. Magic Mug Cake

Magic Mug Cakes are absolutely perfect for kids to make. Plus they’re especially easy for them to make when the ingredients include cake mix!!

Magic Mug Cake

Magic Mug Cake… The Monday Box

16. Peaches and Cream Cupcakes

Peaches and Cream Cupcakes … Domesblissity

I hope you find one of these to be the perfect cake mix for you and your family.

Just because time is short, it doesn’t mean you have to go without cake! Use any one of these 16 recipes to create cheater cakes that no-one will suspect are made from cake mix!!

Read more: 100 Scrummy Yummy Pancake Toppings Ideas

If you’re all about the easy in the kitchen, check out our Easy Meal Planning Hacks post. 

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Take your store-bought cake mix to the next level with these easy hacks. Store-bought cake mix, we love you. You’re fast and easy, and with an extra pinch of this or smidgen of that, you can look and taste like you were homemade. We've rounded up a bunch of genius cake mix hacks for quickly making delicious puddings, cakes, cookies and desserts when you just don't have the time or energy to start from scratch ... #CakeMixCheats #Cake #Baking #StoreBoughCake #Lifehacks #LifeHacksForBusyMothers


Monday 22nd of June 2015

I just came across my Bananas Foster Cookies on this post! I'm sorry I didn't find it sooner! Thanks so much for including them!

Alexandra Stacey

Tuesday 29th of April 2014

This is so helpful--so many options! Thank you for sharing!

Cynthia Landrie

Tuesday 29th of April 2014

I always have a box or two of cake mix in my pantry. I love this list - so many great choices. Thanks for linking got the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! So glad you are here!

Sinea Pies

Monday 28th of April 2014

What a yummy list! This was BY FAR the most viewed from last week's Wonderful Wednesday blog hop. You, dear lady, are featured again! Yipee!

Miz Helen

Saturday 26th of April 2014

Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipes with Full Plate Thursday.Come Back Soon!Miz Helen