It's okay to think inside the box

By Emily Boyette
May 21, 2021

Take a sweet shortcut (and save on a load of ingredients) by using different kinds of cake mix to make outstanding desserts. Watch the video up top and scroll down to see six of our favorites, from super-easy dump cakes to picture-pretty cookies filled with strawberry icing, all the way to booze-soaked whiskey cakes. These shortcut dessert recipes may be quick and easy, but they don't skimp on the fun and flavor.

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Blueberry Dump Cake
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1 Blueberry Dump Cake

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This one-dish dessert is so easy and absolutely scrumptious! With just a few of the simplest ingredients, you can have an awesome blueberry cake. Amp it up by serving it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. 

Strawberry Sandwich Cookies
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2 Strawberry Sandwich Cookies

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No one will believe these adorable sandwich cookies from MyRecipes start with a boxed cake mix. Incorporate freeze-dried strawberries into the dry ingredients, and fresh macerated strawberries into the homemade icing for a treat that's ready for its close-up.

sweet potato sheet cake
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3 Sweet Potato Sheet Cake

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All the fall flavors you could possibly want in one simple dessert from MyRecipes. Shortbread lays the foundation for the smooth sweet potato filling and crunchy topping made from pecans, oats, and white chocolate chips. 

triple berry cheesecake poke cake
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4 Triple Berry Cheesecake Poke Cake

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Full of cream, crunch and a dreamy flavor from a triple serving of berries, this poke cake is the queen of rich and indulgent desserts.

Pumpkin Dump Cake
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5 Pumpkin Dump Cake

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Pumpkin dump cake is the effortless dessert you'll want to make all fall. No need to combine the wet and dry ingredients, as the oven does all the work. Serve this autumn-spiced favorite from Southern Living with a dollop of whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg. 

Easy Whiskey Cakes
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6 Easy Whiskey Cakes

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Impressive, crowd-pleasing desserts don’t come much easier than these decadent glazed whiskey cakes from MyRecipes. All you need are a few staple ingredients to transform a boxed spice cake mix into a boozy, rich, moist-as-can-be dessert you can’t wait to share.