If you’re unfamiliar with the term “Doctored up,” it means ‘…to modify something to improve and/or conceal the original identity.’
In this context, doctored up cake mix recipes mean that the recipes are elevating compact and cheap homemade cake mix. To help you out make some amazing cake, check out 20 easy cake mix recipes below on this list!
Cranberry vanilla double cake
It’s amazing how a box of cake mix can make two mini cakes with two stacks. This recipe does just that, simply by making the cake from a cake mix and glaze the first cake layer with cranberry butter. Once you do, stack another layer of cake on top of the bottom cake, add vanilla and cream cheese frosting, and cut the cake into half the size.
Banana pudding icebox cake
One of the most popular doctored up cake mix recipes with sublime banana flavor, silky texture, and massive size. To make the cake, add a white cake mix with banana and bake away. While waiting for the cake, make the pudding custard from milk, flour, sugar, and egg yolks. Then, top the pudding cake with the custard, banana slices, and biscuits.
Cake mix cinnamon rolls
This is one of those easy cake mix recipes that’s so irresistible and simple to make. Once you’ve made the dough, flatten it and spread the melted cinnamon to it. Roll the dough, cut into pieces, bake them, and finish with a white sugar glaze.
Blueberry lemon pound cake
Using yellow cake mix, you can make a simple and hearty pound cake. Mix the cake mix with vanilla, egg, and yogurt, then sprinkle blueberries gently. When you’re done, pour the batter to a buttered bundt pan, and bake away.
Cinnamon swirl bundt cake
Bundt cake seems to be a popular shape for some of the doctored up cake mix recipes here. This one, in particular, has spicier flavor by using spice cake mix and/or cinnamon. Once the batter is spiced up, bake in a bundt pan and finish with a melted brown sugar glaze.
Guinness chocolate cake
This simple chocolate cake can be cooked even with a slow cooker. First, mix chocolate cake mix with sour cream, oil, and eggs, then pour some Guinness to it. Next, bake for 2 hours, and prepare the whipped cream by blitzing heavy cream, sugar and more Guinness together. Finally, glaze the cream on top of the cake, and sprinkle some cherries and chocolate glaze.
Classic holiday rum cake
You can now recreate one of the classic doctored up cake mix recipes with finesse. Make the batter from yellow cake mix and vanilla instant pudding, mixed with eggs, canola oil, and rum. Then, sprinkle chopped pecans on the bottom layer of a bundt pan, toss the batter to it, and bake. Finish with a classic sugar and rum glaze.
Rolo poke cake
As the name suggests, it’s a small, bite-size cake packed with flavors. With your homemade cake mix, bake the cake and pour a caramel sauce until it fills the cake’s pores and holes. Once the sauce thickens, add whipped cream topping to it, sprinkle Rolo chocolate bits, and drizzle with chocolate hot fudge sauce.
Cake batter Rice Krispie treat
With only 5 ingredients, this crispy and soft dessert really takes the cake, no pun intended. First, melt some butter and marshmallows, then mix with white cake mix and Rice Krispie cereal. Next, pour the mixture in a greased spring foam pan, press it down evenly, and sprinkles some sprinkles to finish the cake.
Apple spice dump cake
Due to its texture and presentation, this is probably one of the most popular doctored up cake mix recipes right here. Mix evaporated milk, diced apples, eggs, and cinnamon, then pour them to a baking tray. Next, pour some spicy cake mix batter on top of them, sprinkle pecans and butter pieces, and bake away.
Lemon coffee cake with lemon glaze
Behind its basic appearance, this cake has a unique lemon flavor profile. Simply combine yellow cake mix with instant lemon pudding mix, eggs, sour cream, and oil. Then, bake the batter, and glaze with homemade lemon glaze. A perfect addition when having a cup of coffee, don’t you think?
Foil packed chocolate cherry cake
The unique thing about this cake is that you can cook it in an oven or on a grill. If you choose the latter, make the chocolate cake mix and pour it in a square aluminum foil. Then, grill the cake or place it in coals, and finish with cherry, whipped cream, or ice cream.
Black and white cake
Featuring white cake layers and ganache, this is one of those doctored up cake mix recipes that’s certainly a looker. First, make a round cake from a white cake mix, egg whites, vanilla, sour cream, and oil. Once cooked, split the cake in four and pour the chocolate ganache and white chocolate buttercream fillings between each other. Then, apply the remaining buttercream on top of the cake.
Bacardi rum cake
One of the oldest cake recipes, you can now recreate it with homemade cake mix. Mix the yellow cake mix with Bacardi dark rum, eggs, oil, pudding mix, and water, then bake the batter. Once finished, glaze the cake with Bacardi dark rum glaze.
Vintage lemon lime cake
Yet another old recipe, this is one of the most beloved easy doctored up cake mix recipes. First, mix the lemon cake mix with lemon Jello, water, eggs, and oil, then bake the cake. Once finished, glaze the cake with lime frosting made from lime juice and zest, sugar, beaten cream cheese, and butter.
Cottage cake has an extremely soft texture and can be made either as a conventional cake or cupcake. To make one, simply bake the cake from yellow cake mix. Then, make the frosting by whisking instant chocolate pudding, sugar, milk, and whipped cream.
Lemon poppy seed cake
Fluffy, moist, and tender perfectly describe this adorable cake. The poppy seeds are mixed with the cake batter, along with buttermilk, vanilla, lemon zest, and sour cream. Then, the batter’s baked and finished with lemon frosting.
Pumpkin dump cake
While it may not seem like a looker, this is one of those doctored up cake mix recipes that you secretly crave for. As pumpkin, milk, brown sugar, pumpkin spices, and eggs are mixed, the yellow cake mix is sprinkled on top of them. Then, graham crackers, chopped pecans, and melted butter finish the cake as you bake them. Best served with ice cream!
German chocolate bundt cake with coconut frosting
This basic cake is easy to make and decorated with an exciting coconut frosting unlike any other doctored up cake mix recipes. The cake’s made from a chocolate cake mix, sour cream, instant pudding mix, coconut, pecans, and chocolate chips. Once cooked, glaze some chocolate ganache on top of it, and finish with coconut-pecan frosting.
Lemon bundt cake with caramel glaze
Caramel glaze perfectly complements this lemon bundt cake. To make the glaze, melt butter, brown sugar, vanilla, confectioners’ sugar, and milk. As for the cake, simply make the batter from instant lemon pudding mix, oil, lemon cake mix, water, and lemon juice, then bake away.
Which easy cake mix recipes do you love?
All the doctored up cake mix recipes here are exciting, unique, cheap, and simple to make. Plus, you can always add some variations in the batter, glaze, or toppings.
Keep experimenting, and keep your day exciting with these easy cake mix recipes!