16 (Delicious, Unexpected) Reasons You Should Pick Up A Box Of Cake Mix

Forget sticking to the directions on the box.

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Yes, cake mixes are great for making cake, but that's not all they're capable of. In fact, you won't believe all the awesome things cake mix can do. These 16 recipes use cake mix in unexpected yet delicious ways!

1. No-Bake Funfetti Cheesecake Cups

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This no-bake recipe serves up delicious cheesecake in no time and includes everyone's favorite ingredient — funfetti!

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2. Chocolate Cake Batter Ice Cream

chocolate cake batter ice cream

Chocolate cake batter is the yummiest, so turning it into ice cream just makes sense.

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3. Rolo Cookies

rolo cookies

If you've never had a Rolo cookie, it's time.

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4. Strawberry-Lime Gooey Bars

strawberry lime gooey bars

These white chocolate-laced gooey bars are about as amazing as cake mix gets.

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5. Chocolate-Banana Cake Batter Shake

chocolate banana cake batter shake

What's better than a chocolate-banana shake? A cake batter shake, of course.

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6. Tres Leches Caketini

tres leches caketini

Believe it or not, this will be the most fun you'll ever have with a "martini."

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7. Shortcut Coconut-Almond Macaroons

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Angel food cake mix is the secret ingredient for these super-tasty macaroons.

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8. Red Velvet Waffles

red velvet waffles

Yep, waffles made out of cake mix. Consider your mind blown.

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9. Skinny Cake Batter No-Churn Ice Cream

skinny cake batter no churn ice cream

This is the simplest ice cream you'll ever make — no ice cream maker required!

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10. Caramel Blossoms

caramel blossoms

You won't be able to stop eating these chocolate-topped caramel cookies. You've been warned.

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11. Cake Batter Fudge

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Making fudge is a cinch with this recipe, and changing the fudge flavor is as easy as using a new cake mix flavor!

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12. Cake Batter Cookies

cake batter cookies

Cake mix even makes perfect chocolate chip cookies. This stuff is magic.

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13. Cake Batter Whipped Cream

cake batter whipped cream

The only thing better than whipped cream is cake batter whipped cream.

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14. Key Lime Cheesecake Cookie Cups

key lime cheesecake cookie cups

These cookie cups are filled with all kinds of cheesecake goodness.

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15. Orange Creamsicle Rice Krispie Treats

orange creamsicle rice krispie treats

Thanks to cake mix, you can make Rice Krispie treats taste like creamsicles — probably the best use of cake mix yet!

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16. Pistachio Pudding Cookies

pistachio pudding cookies

These pistachio cookies look and taste fancy but are beyond easy to make.

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Jane Maynard is a food blogger at and Babble, a writer and designer, and a lover of all things chocolate.

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