Thanks to these white cake mix recipes, making a show-stopping dessert has never been easier.
And I guarantee nobody will know you took a shortcut.
Doctoring a box of white cake mix is a great way to make something tasty in a hurry.
And I’m not just talking about cake, either!
These white cake mix desserts include cookies, quick bread, butter bars, and more.
So the next time you need a last-minute treat, try one of these white cake mix recipes. You won’t be disappointed.
23 Easy Recipes That Start with a Box of White Cake Mix
1. Cherry Cobbler with Cake Mix
A scoop of cold vanilla ice cream atop a big bowl of warm cherry cobbler is pure magic.
And if you’re a baking newbie, it doesn’t get much easier than this bright and fruity recipe.
All the ingredients in this recipe are pre-made. So all you have to do is combine the cake mix and a jar of cherry pie filling. That’s it!
It takes 45 minutes in the oven and comes out warm, gooey, and ready for ice cream.
2. White Chocolate Cake With Cake Mix
What better way to celebrate white cake than with white chocolate?
I know it looks simple, but it’s so much more than just white cake with white frosting!
It uses a box of white cake mix to establish the base. To that, you’ll add white chocolate, white chocolate pudding mix, and sour cream.
That combo guarantees the most moist, sweet, and delicious cake ever.
Oh, and it’s topped with a generous layer of white chocolate frosting, making this cake a must-try for white chocolate lovers!
3. Italian Cream Cake From Cake Mix
Serve this creamy Italian cake, and your friends and family will be stunned into silence.
It looks like it came straight from a bakery – and it tastes like it too!
But luckily, it couldn’t be more straightforward to put together because this recipe takes a plain box of white cake mix to new heights.
Start by swapping milk for buttermilk. That’ll create a decadently moist cake with a subtle tang you’ll love.
Then you’ll add coconut and chopped pecans to the batter. They bring plenty of flavor and texture to every bite.
Paired with a cream cheese frosting and garnished with pecans and toasted coconut, it’s a stunner for sure.
4. Vanilla Bean Cake
This recipe is a great place to start if you crave vanilla cake but want it to be extra special.
Ditch the directions on the back of the box and add sour cream and vanilla bean paste. Trust me, they make all the difference.
This cake is impossibly moist with subtle hints of vanilla and a bright kick from sour cream.
I like the white on white, but I much prefer something bright in the middle. Raspberry jam is my go-to, but you also can’t beat fruit curd.
5. Rainbow Cake
I know what you’re thinking, but don’t worry; this rainbow cake is easier than it looks!
Creating those brightly colored layers is as simple as carefully pouring cake batter in a specific order (use a piping bag, and it’s a cinch!).
Exceptionally colorful, tender, moist, and delicate, it features white cake mix, sour cream, and vanilla pudding.
It’s super tasty and perfect for your kid’s birthday!
6. Red, White and Blue Trifle
There are few things quite as stunning as a perfectly layered trifle.
And this red, white, and blue delight combines tart summertime flavors that are perfect for your next 4th of July BBQ!
It looks like something straight out of the Great British Bake-Off, but it’s surprisingly easy to whip together.
All it takes is white cake mix with summery berries and a box of instant pudding.
And even if the white cakes come out of the oven a little wonky, no worries! It’s cut into chunks anyway, so no one will notice.
7. Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes
Delicately sweet, a little bit tart, and perfect for summer, these strawberry lemonade cupcakes are too cute!
You’ll amp up white cake mix with a package of strawberry jello and frozen strawberries.
Then, you’ll add a dollop of lemon curd in the cooled cupcakes for a pop of bright, zesty flavor. Delish!
8. Vanilla Cupcakes
Any box of cake mix will give you tasty and moist cupcakes. But if you also add some pudding to the batter, they’ll be out of this world amazing!
From the sweet sponge to the icing on top, you’ll love the double dose of vanilla here.
The best part? These bakery-style cupcakes come together in just 40 minutes.
9. Cake Mix Cinnamon Bread
If you have a craving for cinnamon rolls but don’t have time to make them from scratch, I have just the thing!
Because who says you have to use cake mix for cake?
This simple dough calls for white cake mix, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of nutmeg.
It comes together in one bowl and yields two perfectly tender loaves of cinnamon bread in under an hour.
10. Cake Mix Banana Bread
It doesn’t get much easier than this cake mix banana bread.
It’s deliciously moist, thanks to a box of white cake mix. And the super ripe bananas – like, almost black – give it so much natural sweetness and flavor!
Add chopped pecans for a nutty crunch, and maybe some dark chocolate chips if you want.
Either way, this stuff is quick, easy, and incredible
11. Strawberry Cake
Are you in love with strawberries? Then you’ll go gaga for this lovely fruity cake.
There’s nothing subtle about the strawberry flavors in this decedent pink dessert. And that’s all down to the strawberry gelatin and puree.
The additional strawberries deliver tart and sweet flavors and make your boxed cake mix insanely moist.
12. White Sheet Cake Bundt Cake
Although this cake tastes like a million bucks, it’s deceptively simple.
Add sour cream to the cake mix, and it becomes wonderfully tangy with so much moisture, it practically melts on your tongue.
However, the real star of this show is the buttery white pecan icing. It takes this simple sponge to a new level – so don’t skip it!
13. Lemon Bundt Cake
This lemon bundt cake is light, bright, and beyond easy to whip up.
Between the white cake mix, sour cream, lemon juice, and zest, it’s super moist and citrusy.
You’ll add a little extra flour to account for the liquids, but it’s still very tender.
Finished with a rich lemon glaze that soaks into every nook and cranny, this thing bursts with lemony flavors.
14. Gooey Butter Cake – With a Cake Mix
Are you as obsessed with gooey butter bars as I am? If so, you need to try these melt-in-your-mouth treats!
A simple box of white cake mix with cream cheese yields dense, buttery squares with perfect flakey tops.
They’re so easy to prep, even beginners can get in on the fun.
15. Pina Colada Cake (Pineapple Coconut Cake)
Who needs a piña colada cocktail when you have this delicious piña colada cake?
It infuses the fun tropical flavors of everyone’s favorite summer cocktail into a tender and tasty cake.
Mix crushed pineapples into white cake mix for color, flavor, and a fun texture.
Then fill it with a dreamy blend of cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and rum extract!
And if you want it a little boozy, feel free to add rum syrup (rum, sugar, and water) over the warm cake. Let it soak in, then add the frosting. Yum!
16. Festive Cake Mix Christmas Cookies
‘Tis the season of carols, family time, gifts, and cookies!
But as much as I adore cookies and baking in general, making enough to feed your friends and family can be pretty time-consuming.
So, I like to throw in a few simple yet impressive recipes like this one!
These peppermint-infused Christmas cookies are creamy, delicious, and come together snap.
17. Cake Mix Cookies
The best part of these simple cake mix cookies is that you can get creative with add-ins.
The base dough is deliciously sweet and tender and is the perfect backdrop for M&Ms, chocolate chips, nuts, or sprinkles.
The sky’s the limit – so have fun with it!
18. Root Beer Float Cake
If you have a box of white cake mix and a can of root beer, you have almost everything you need for this bright, summery cake.
Root beer (or any soda) brings tons of sweetness and flavor to cake batter. It also brings bubbles, making the sponge extra airy.
Pair it with a light and fluffy whipped cream topping to combat the sweetness. And don’t forget the cherry on top!
19. 4-Ingredient Pear Bundt Cake
This pear bundt cake is perfect for a crisp fall day. It’s sweet, tart, and impossibly moist.
With only four ingredients, it’s super simple to make on a busy afternoon. But it tastes as if it came from a fancy bakery.
The addition of pears in syrup adds moisture as well as a subtle sweetness to a simple box of cake mix.
If you really want to make it special, try using spiced cake mix!
20. Cranberry Layer Cake
Looking for an easy yet impressive cake for your next holiday party? You just found it!
Not only is this cranberry layer cake deceptively simple, but it’s also stunningly beautiful.
It incorporates tart cranberries right into the cake mix and earns a nutty finish from yummy chopped walnuts.
Pair it with a cream cheese frosting, and watch as it disappears.
21. Coconut Cake
Irresistibly moist with fun coconutty goodness, this sheet cake is wonderfully light and refreshing.
You’ll make it extra moist with a unique blend of sour cream, cream of coconut, and powdered sugar.
That goes over the warm cake and soaks into every corner and crevice. Top it with sweet cream cheese frosting, and you’ll swoon!
22. Cherry Poke Cake
I love a good poke cake! And this cherry recipe is so moist and tasty, with a gorgeous marbled effect that’s effortless to recreate.
It uses a simple box of white cake mix that earns a bright punch of cherry flavor from the jello.
Since this cake is so sweet, a little whipped cream frosting is all it takes to keep things light.
23. Cake Mix Pancakes
Have you ever made cake mix pancakes?
It makes sense when you think about it: cake mix has everything you need for baking (flour, baking powder, salt, etc.).
Light, fluffy, and insanely colorful, these are the perfect birthday breakfast.
Plus, they’re so easy to make. Just pair a box of white cake mix with plenty of milk and sprinkles, and then cook on the griddle.
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