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17 Best Spice Cake Mix Recipes and Ideas

Add some warmth to your baked goods with these tasty spice cake mix recipes.

From quick bread and cookies to cakes and cake mix muffins, they’re my new fall faves.

Carrot Pumpkin Spiced Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Nuts
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Is there anything better than a cookie or cake infused with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves?

The smell alone is enough to convince me to make anything spiced.

And thanks to these spiced cake mix recipes, it’s never been easier to make something scrumptious.

From the sweet aroma to the warming flavors, these autumnal bakes are best served with a blanket, a cup of hot tea, and a pair of fuzzy socks.

15+ Easy Recipes With Spice Cake Mix

1. Easy Apple Spice Cake With Cream Cheese Buttercream

An easy way to doctor up a boxed cake mix is to add fruit to the batter. In this case, you’ll use apple pie filling.

Aside from adding sweetly tart flavors, the pie filling also ensures the cake is moist.

Add a dreamy cream cheese frosting, and you’re good to go.

2. Spice Cake Mix Cookies

Spice cake mix isn’t just for making cakes, you know! You can use it in all kinds of recipes, including these tender cake mix cookies.

This recipe is so embarrassingly easy, you can whip it up in a flash.

To turn the cake batter into cookie dough, simply add your favorite cookie mix-ins. It can be anything from chocolate chips to dried fruit.

3. Pumpkin Spice Cake

This roundup is all about spiced baked goods. So there has to be at least one pumpkin cake, right?

The pumpkin puree ensures the cake is so flavorful and moist, you don’t need frosting at all.

But, of course, you can take it to the next level with a silky and buttery cream cheese frosting.

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4. Easy Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

You can’t beat these pumpkin spiced cupcakes if you need something that’ll travel well.

They’re just as tender and flavorful as the cake above, but they’re ideal for parties.

Top tip: give the cupcakes a crunchy texture by sprinkling chopped toasted pecans on top.

5. Gingerbread Cupcakes

Could these gingerbread cupcakes be any cuter?

Showered with sprinkles and garnished with a little gingerbread person on top, I really don’t think so.

If you’re looking for a festive holiday dessert to bring to a Christmas potluck, let this be it.

With added molasses and spices, the sponge is extra moist and flavorful. And even the cream cheese frosting is kissed with cinnamon!

Merry Christmas, indeed.

6. Caramel Apple Spice Cupcakes

Caramel apples are my favorite apple picking treat. I like them tart, crisp, and oh-so-gooey.

Luckily, this recipe captures the flavors and sticky texture in one terrific cupcake.

It’s sweet, fresh, and decadent. Just what you need after a long day raking leaves.

7. 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

Yep, you read that right! These pumpkin muffins really only need two ingredients, and they’re beyond delicious.

Aside from the cake mix, you won’t be surprised to hear you need pumpkin puree.

Because it’s already rich, creamy, and wet, you don’t need anything else.

8. 3-Ingredient Apple Spice Muffins

Following the same concept as the recipe above, these muffins also only require very few ingredients yet yield surprisingly epic results.

Here, you’ll enlist the help of applesauce and diced apples to transform the cake mix into moist, tender, and heavenly apple muffins.

You can even customize the recipe to make caramel apple muffins! Just add a cup of caramel bits to the batter and bake as instructed.

9. Pumpkin Cookies With Spice Cake Mix

Soft, sweet, and bursting with chocolate and pumpkin flavors, these cookies are just as tasty for breakfast as dessert.

The batter is spiked with an extra dose of pumpkin spice to give the cookies that unmistakable aroma and flavor.

Just combine the ingredients, drop spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet, and pop it in the oven. Easy peasy.

10. Pumpkin Bread With Cake Mix

The spiced fragrance of this pumpkin bread makes mornings just a little sweeter.

And it tastes just as phenomenal as it smells, so expect to be blown away after one bite.

From the moist crumb to the luscious maple glaze, this pumpkin bread is a guaranteed show-stopper.

11. Spice Cake Banana Bread

Many banana bread recipes call for cinnamon to add a slight warmth. But this one takes it to another level.

And despite its simplicity (you need just five ingredients!), this might be the best banana bread I’ve ever tried.

Add a sweet caramel glaze, and you’re all set.

12. Shortcut Carrot Cake

Carrot cakes are fantastic; there’s no denying it. 

But with all the work it requires – from shredding carrots to measuring ingredients – baking from scratch is time-consuming.

Here’s a simple solution: skip a few steps and use a spiced cake mix. You can even use store-bought frosting if you’re in a rush!

13. Easy Carrot Cake Cookies

If you’ve never tried a carrot cake cookie, prepare to swoon.

Sweet, moist, and packed with flavor, these cookies are delightful, bright, and perfect for any cookie exchange or holiday party.

The only problem is it’s hard to stop after just one. So, if you’re trying to limit your sweets, I don’t recommend this recipe.

14. Time-Saver Carrot Cupcakes

Here’s another carrot-filled delight your tastebuds will enjoy.

We’ve already covered the carrot cake and the carrot cookies. Now it’s time to give the spotlight to these carrot cupcakes.

From the cake base to the frosting, this dessert has the same flavor and texture profile as the two previous recipes.

What sets them apart is the presentation. Nothing beats the allure of a perfectly frosted cupcake!

15. Easy Pumpkin Coffee Cake

A day that starts with coffee and a slice (or maybe two) of this pumpkin coffee cake is a good day.

Combining the goodness of pumpkin, spices, pecans, and maple icing, this coffee cake is “Fall” on a plate.

16. Cake Mix Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls

You’re probably wondering how a box of cake mix will yield the same chewy texture as bread.

The answer? Active dry yeast.

Like any decent cinnamon roll recipe, expect this one to require some time and effort.

But after all the kneading, rolling, proofing, and all that jazz, you’ll be rewarded with decadent pumpkin cinnamon rolls.

It’s not a bad deal if you ask me.

17. Homemade Spice Cake Mix

I know I said in the beginning that this roundup would cover recipes that use a box of spiced cake mix. But allow me to be a bit rebellious for this last one. 

I think it’s only fitting (poetic, even) to cap off this list with a recipe for a homemade spiced cake mix.

While you will have to measure out the ingredients yourself, the process is still pretty easy. 

And the finished product? Definitely worth it.

Make a big batch and keep it somewhere cool. That way, you can make any of these sensational recipes whenever the craving strikes.

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Add some warmth to your baked goods with these tasty spice cake mix recipes. From quick breads and muffins to cakes and cookies, they’re my new fall faves.


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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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