15 Shortcut Cakes for Easy Fall Desserts
Need a great cake to satisfy your sweet tooth but don't have the time or inclination to make it from scratch? That's when these shortcut cakes swoop in to save the day. They all start with a boxed cake mix, and you add a little of this and pinch of that to create almost-from-scratch desserts that'll get you rave reviews. (Be sure to hide the box and no one will be the wiser.)
Caramel Pear Cake
"This pear upside down cake is amazing. Made it when a neighbor gifted us with a bag of pears off of the tree in her backyard. This recipe is easy and a favorite in our house." —KirstenNB
Pumpkin Crumb Cake
Yellow cake mix and pumpkin purée create this lightly spicy cake with a nutty streusel topping. "Tastes just like pumpkin pie but much easier to make and feeds a lot more people!" —LynnInHK
Great Pumpkin Dessert
KRANEY says, "Move over, pumpkin pie! So easy and soooo good. I have made this cake twice, and I prefer to use pecans instead of walnuts. For some reason this cake is much, much better if it sits a day or so."
Easy Apple Coffee Cake
"Make this exactly as written and I promise you, you won't be disappointed," says naples34102. "Use ALL the apples called for, bake about 65 minutes, and cover it the last 10 minutes or so with foil if it starts to get too brown."
This colorful fall cake calls for cranberry applesauce in the mix. If you can't find it in the store, do what ANNMARIEDA did: "This was super easy. I could not find cranberry applesauce in the store so I mixed canned cranberries with applesauce."
Pumpkin Spice Cake II
Renee Ridgeway says, "I'm going to divulge the secret to making this to perfection. Ready? Follow this recipe exactly and do not change a thing! It is fantastic and super easy too."
Mexican Flan Cakes
You can bake this ooey gooey cake in a Bundt pan or a regular cake pan if you wish. pixiestardust102 says, "OMG, the flavors are spectacular! I love this cake!"
Yummy Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
"Made this in a 9x13 glass baking dish and added 10 minutes to the cooking time. Turned out perfectly with great reviews!" —Christina Grosshans
Banana Butter Pecan Cake
"It did not need the frosting as the cake is plenty sweet without it. Maybe it was because my bananas were overly ripe or because I used butterscotch chips (that's what I had) instead of toffee bits. Either way, I did not frost it. Good recipe considering it comes from a box mix." —Yoly
Turtle Fudge Skillet Cake
This indulgent dessert starts with a box of devils' food cake mix and goes on to achieve greatness with melted chocolate, chopped pecans, and caramel sauce over the top.
Sock it to Me Cake III
A hidden tunnel of cinnamon sugar and nuts is baked right into this scrumptious Bundt cake. MNM6467 says, "Awesome moist delicious cake! Only thing better is MORE of it! This cake didn't even last a day at my house."
Chocolate Candy Bar Cake
Here's a great way to use up some of that extra Halloween candy. JAZZY-GIRL says, "I made this once for a potluck at work and now, I'm not 'allowed' to ever bring anything else except this. Everyone loved it!"
Glazed Apple Cider Cake
Beccabo73 says, "This is a super easy dressed-up Bundt cake recipe that tastes like an apple cider donut! It's definitely a fall family favorite in our house."
Pumpkin Coffee Cake with a Brown Sugar Glaze
Yellow cake mix and pumpkin purée get spiced up and baked with streusel topping and drenched with a brown sugar glaze to create this 5-star delight.
Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cake
That's right. Two ingredients. A box of spice cake plus a can of pumpkin purée add up to a simple, delicious cake. That said, many reviewers opted to add two or three eggs to the mix and said that liked it even better. You could top it with cream cheese frosting, if you wish.