3 No-Bake Recipes That You Can Make with Boxed Cake Mixes

All of these recipes can be ready in only a few minutes and have delicious surprises in them-plenty of loosen-your-belt, second-serving cake flavors!

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Boxed cake mixes are very versatile. You do not need an oven to whip up fun and creative desserts with them.  All of these recipes can be ready in only a few minutes and have delicious surprises in them-plenty of loosen-your-belt, second-serving cake flavors!




Chocolate Pudding

Pudding + chocolate + cake? This one puts three of our favorite things together!



What you need:

½ cup chocolate cake mix

5 teaspoons white sugar

1 ¾ cup milk, divided

4 egg yolks

2 tsp unflavored gelatin

Pinch of salt


1  Scald 1 ¼ cups of milk in a saucepan over low to medium heat.


2  In a medium-sized mixing bowl whisk together chocolate cake mix and sugar until combined. Stir in egg yolks and ½ cup milk and whisk until combined.


3  Temper the egg yolk mixture by slowly pouring the scalded milk over it while constantly mixing. Return the mixture into the saucepan and cook over medium heat until very thick. Season with a pinch of salt and take it off the heat.


4  Pour the mixture through a sieve and then mix in the gelatin. Pour into 3 ramekins or small bowls. Chill for 3 hours or overnight before serving.


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Cake Batter Breakfast Pancakes

Here's a cooking hack for when you run out of pancake mix: use that boxed cake mix sitting in your pantry instead. Experiment with fun flavors like confetti, chocolate, or red velvet boxed cake mix. The kids will jump out of bed for these!


What you need:

1 ½ cups white cake mix

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 large egg

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

½ teaspoon vanilla

Sliced fruit, to serve


1  In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the cake mix, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.


2  In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, oil, and vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overmix.


3 Cook the pancakes 2 minutes per side on an ungreased non-stick pan and top with your favorite sliced fruit.





Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats

Step up your no-bake dessert game by making these next-level, cake batter-flavored rice krispie treats. Now, this one takes the cake!


What you need:

1 stick butter

150 grams mini marshmallows

1/3 cup yellow cake mix

Pinch of salt

4 ½ cups rice krispies

Toasted marshmallows, to serve (optional)


1  In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the marshmallows and melt in the butter. Season with a pinch of salt and stir in the cake mix until just combined.


2  Turn off the heat and gently stir in the rice krispies. Immediately transfer the mixture into a 6 by 6 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Let the treats cool to room temperature, around 30 minutes, before slicing and serving.  Top with toasted marshmallows.


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