By Vanessa Greaves

These Cake Mix Hacks Make More Than Cake

Did you know? You can use boxed cake mix as a shortcut to make a whole lot more than cake. (Although you can make amazing cakes that start with cake mix.) Here are just a few of the surprising cake mix hacks you can find on Allrecipes.

1. Cake Mix Cinnamon Rolls

How good are these really? Well, CASSLS has been making cinnamon rolls for years and always comes back to this recipe. Other reviewers use all different cake mixes to change up the flavors: spice cake, yellow cake, and French vanilla, to name three. And think of what you can do with flavored glazes.

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2. Caramel Brownies III

Start with chocolate cake mix, add caramels and chocolate chips, and get ready to dish up an ultra-rich dessert that satisfies all your cravings. Barb says, "Of all the caramel brownies recipes, this one is the BEST by far."

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3. Peanut Mallow Bars

Gooey marshmallows are sandwiched between a bottom layer of yellow cake and a top layer of peanuts, rice cereal, and melted peanut chips. Are you hungry yet?

4. Extra Easy Pumpkin Cookies

Spice cake and pumpkin puree go into the mix for these soft, cake-like cookies. The recipe uses applesauce instead of butter or oil, but SweetApron has a tip for making them firmer and denser. Hint: It involves butter.

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5. Cake Batter Ice Cream

Yes, really. You can make ice cream out of cake mix. House of Aqua has so many tips to share, including how to make ice cream without an ice cream maker.

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6. Jelly Doughnut Cupcakes

Okay, so cupcakes are miniature cakes, and I said these hacks weren't about making cakes. But check it out, people—these are filled with jelly! To form the little hollow where the filling goes, you can use a melon scoop. This recipe can go to all kinds of delicious places just by switching up cake flavors and fillings.

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7. Cranberry Bars

Yellow cake mix gets together with cranberries and brown sugar and oats and spices to make these tasty bars. If fresh cranberries aren't available, you can substitute canned whole cranberry sauce. That's what KZJNK did, and she said it worked just fine. Wow, is your kitchen going to smell amazing or what?

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