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20 Two-Ingredient Cake Mix Recipes

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

Just one box of cake mix and one additional ingredient is all you need to make these delicious cakes, muffins, and brownies.

Just one box of cake mix and one additional ingredient is all you need to make these delicious cakes, muffins, and brownies.

These Two-Ingredient Cakes Are Always a Hit

If you are like me, and you look at recipes online, then you have probably come across a lot of two-ingredient cake mix recipes. They sound almost too good to be true, but I have to tell you that most of them are pretty good.

I'm not usually one to make lots of things from boxed mixes. I much prefer baking from scratch. But I always have a box on hand for emergencies, like when I find out that a big group of kids will be coming over for snacks after the game, or when I forget to make a treat for the church bake sale.

Whatever the situation, these creations are so ridiculously fast and easy to make, they save the day. I can usually whip up a batch of muffins in no time, and without having to make a trip to the grocery store.

I don't want you to think that these treats are going to win the blue ribbon at the county fair, and they do have their problems. For example, I have found that they don't usually rise as much as a cake prepared as per the package directions. They also tend to have a really moist, dense texture, almost gooey, which is not everyone's cup of tea.

Even with that being said, the ones I have tried are pretty good, and everyone enjoys them.

History of Boxed Cake Mixes

According to Bon Appètit's website, the boxed cake mix has a long and interesting history.

Even though the cake mix as we know it today was not introduced until the 1940s, the original one was invented in Pittsburgh, PA, in the early 1930s by the Duff & Sons Company.

The invention arose from an excess of molasses. The company figured out how to dry it and add it to other dry ingredients. While lucrative for the company, their popularity did not take off until after World War II, when housewives were looking for quick and convenient treats.

Pillsbury and Betty Crocker were the main manufacturers and, while business slumped in the 1950s, it resurged after the introduction of icing. Today, cake mixes are more popular than ever.

Source: bon appetit.com, A History of the Cake Mix, the Invention that Redefined "Baking," by Michael Y. Park, Sept. 26, 2013.

This cake was made with a boxed strawberry cake mix and a 12-oz can of diet 7-Up.

This cake was made with a boxed strawberry cake mix and a 12-oz can of diet 7-Up.

Two-Ingredient Cakes

* The strawberry 7-Up cake turned out well and is a nice, light treat. Cool completely before serving. Remember not to add any other ingredients that may be listed on the box—only the two things listed above.

Type of Cake MixSecond IngredientInstructions

Strawberry *

12 oz. (1 1/2 cups) diet 7-Up

Mix the two ingredients completely and bake as directed on box.


12 oz. (1 1/2 cups) diet 7-Up

Same as above


12 oz. (1 1/2 cups) diet 7-Up

Same as above


1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

Same as above


1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

Same as above


1 (15-oz.) can Mandarin orange segments, undrained

Puree oranges and liquid. Mix in cake mix and bake as directed on the cake mix box.


1 (15-oz.) can Mandarin orange segments, undrained

Same as above

Angel Food

1 can cherry pie filling

Puree the pie filling and mix in the cake mix. Bake as directed on the cake mix box.

Angel Food

1 can blueberry pie filling

Same as above

Angel Food

1 can apple pie filling

Same as above

Angel Food

1 can crushed pineapple, undrained

Mix thoroughly and bake as directed on box.

Spice Cake

1 (15-oz. can) pumpkin puree

Same as above

Cake Tips

  • These cakes don't rise as much as those prepared by the box directions, so you may want to use a smaller pan. For example, use one 9-inch round pan instead of two. You'll have one larger and thicker cake. A bundt pan makes this simple cake look a little fancier.
  • To puree items, use a food processor or a hand immersion blender.
  • While tasty on their own, step it up a little bit by sprinkling by powdered sugar or serving with whipped cream.
Make tasty breakfast muffins with a boxed spice cake mix and some applesauce.

Make tasty breakfast muffins with a boxed spice cake mix and some applesauce.

More Two-Ingredient Cakes

* These applesauce spice muffins were very moist, but good. I used cinnamon applesauce, but any kind could be used. Remember not to add any other ingredients that may be listed on the box—only the two things listed above.

Type of Cake MixSecond IngredientInstructions

Spice *

2 cups applesauce

Mix thoroughly and bake as directed on cake mix box.


1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

Same as above


1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

Same as above


1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

Same as above


1 (12 oz.) can diet soda

Same as above

Red Velvet

1 (12 oz.) can diet soda

Same as above

Here's what I used to make the applesauce spice muffins.

Here's what I used to make the applesauce spice muffins.

Muffin Tips

  • As noted above, two-ingredient cakes and muffins don't rise as much as the mixes prepared as directed. Add more of the batter to each muffin cup so you get larger muffins.
  • Since the muffins are softer, do not serve them until they have completely cooled and set. I usually put mine in the refrigerator overnight and the cupcake wrappers peel right off.
  • Delicious on their own, why not add some whipped cream, powdered sugar dusting, or prepared frosting for a special touch?
An undrained can of black beans and a box of brownie mix make this yummy treat!

An undrained can of black beans and a box of brownie mix make this yummy treat!

Two-Ingredient Brownies

* This recipe always turns out well. The brownies are not overly sweet and they have a very fudge-like dense consistency. Remember not to add any other ingredients that may be listed on the box—only the two that are listed above.

Type of Cake mixSecond IngredientInstructions

Family size brownie mix *

1 15-oz. can black beans, undrained

Puree beans in liquid. Stir in brownie mix thoroughly and bake as directed on box.

Family size brownie mix

12 oz. Diet Coke

Mix ingredients thoroughly and bake as directed on box.

Brownie Tips

  • The brownies made with a can of black beans are tasty and a good way to sneak some fiber into a treat without anyone knowing. Check out the video above to see how easy they are to make.
  • I like to use organic black beans because they tend to have a lot less sodium than regular black beans. I have even found that beans labeled "low sodium" have more salt than some organic brands.

Baking With Boxed Cake Mixes

If you are feeling adventurous, why not try your own flavor combination instead of one of the ones listed above? You may stumble upon the next great cake flavor!

I am not going to tell you that these creations are super healthy for you. However, by taking out the eggs and oil that are normally used, and replacing them with healthier items, like mandarin oranges, you can reduce the calories considerably.

There are also a number of chemicals used in used in some of these recipes, so I don't always like to give those to my family. However, there are times when a quick sweet treat is all we need, and these recipes fit the bill. I hope you'll give one a try.

Try these other two-ingredient cake mix combinations.

Try these other two-ingredient cake mix combinations.

© 2013 Claudia Mitchell


Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 12, 2020:

Sorry - I don't know what smartpoints are.

Christina on August 11, 2020:

Do you know how many smartpoints these muffins have?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 24, 2020:

I don't sell cake mixes. These are just suggested recipes you can use with them.

Lynn white on July 24, 2020:

Good morning I am interested in purchasing some of your cake mixes how much are they and due you deliver. Due you by any chance have the white cake mixes please

Claudia Mitchell (author) on June 29, 2020:

I don't know if pudding mix would work. The second ingredient should be liquid. Sorry I can't with that.

Diane Johnson on June 27, 2020:

Can I add a pudding mix as the second ingredient? Should I prepare the pudding first, or just throw the mix and milk into the cake mix?

Madeline on June 19, 2020:

I add 6 tablespoons of flour to the smaller mixes. Turns out perfect

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 09, 2020:

That's a good question. I have not noticed that there is a different size of cake mixes. I have on the brownies. I'm not sure if it makes a difference.

denisebalzum on May 06, 2020:

Does it matter if you use a 15.25 oz. cake mix or they used to be 18.25 oz. cake mix. Alot of my older recipes using cake mixes that were larger don't turn out as good. So I started to save out 1 box of same flavor and take 3 oz. out and put with smaller box. Do you notice a difference? I wish the companies would quit shrinking our boxes and just have us pay whatever they need. It keeps screwing up some old tried and true recipes from my grandmother.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 06, 2020:

Yep, you can use cola. I listed diet because there is so much sugar in the mix. I've only made the brownies with beans, so not sure how they turn out with the cola.

Erika on May 05, 2020:

When making the brownies with coke, can you use regular coke? Why diet?

Trying to figure out a virtual party and wanting to send the ingredients to make a cake along beforehand, so just 2 non perishable ingredients is awesome.


Maarilyn Hawes on May 01, 2020:

my adult granddaughters need fast easy cake recipes

Kat on December 04, 2019:

Already use many of these recipes..i love to explore by making cakes different items.

Sherry Wunsch on November 05, 2019:

I have made the black bean brownies many many times and they are so good.

They seem to be more chocolaty. Sometimes I add chocolate chips or nuts.

The darker the brownie mix the better the brownies.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 16, 2019:

Correct. Only the cake mix and the mix in.

Trumeice on October 15, 2019:

Im confused you use no milk eggs or oil?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 28, 2019:

Dottie - You can try it using 2 cups of applesauce and only the cake mix. Not sure how that combination will turn out though. I do the spice cake with applesauce and it is good, but has a very soft texture. Good luck.

Dottie on May 28, 2019:

How much applesauce should I use with a box of Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme cake mix (15.25 oz)? Can I make this cake with the applesauce as the ONLY ingredient? Thank you for your help!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 12, 2019:

That is a good one Janice C. And I like how you made it fancier with the icing and the fresh strawberries. Thanks.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 12, 2019:

Glad you like the ideas Heather. Thanks for letting me know.

Janice C on April 11, 2019:

I made strawberry cake and used Mountain Dew regular and it turned out beautifully, moist and I made cream cheese icing and put some fresh strawberries on top. Everyone loved the cake Thanks so much for a timesavers I cooked in a tube pan

Heather on April 11, 2019:

Just got to this article and want to say thanks for the ideas. I've been experimenting with various things and only use non-diet soda with the cake mixes. They work great, so just to let you know.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 17, 2019:

Hi Eliza - Just the bake time. You only need the 2 ingredients.

Eliza on March 17, 2019:

When it says bake as what the box says

Does it mean add the rest of the ingredients or just bake the time it says on box??

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 13, 2018:

That sounds interesting. Kim. How does it turn out?

Kim mantle on December 06, 2018:

Instead of pumpkin puree can you use pumpkin soup hear in Australia i dont think i have ever seen puree in tin

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 30, 2018:

Thank you Susan. These recipes are about as easy as it can get.

Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on October 25, 2018:

What wonderful ideas. I have shared with family and friends. I love this easy type of recipe. I will definitely be trying them.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 23, 2018:

Thanks for sharing Patricia. These are always good to make in a pinch. I get cake mixes on sale and keep some on hand for cookie emergencies.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 22, 2018:

Thank you for sharing...these recipes will be shared with my friends. And of course I will be giving some of these a try.

I have made cookies with cake mixes and my Heston Wayne loves the lemon ones. Angels are on the way today.ps

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 19, 2018:

I think mini chocolate chips should be added to everything ;-). I like the idea of adding an egg or 2 and will have to give that a try. Thanks!

Virginia Kearney from United States on October 17, 2018:

I've used several of these recipes over the years, especially the pumpkin and yellow cake mix. I generally add one or two eggs in order to get them to rise up more. My kids also like it when I add mini-chocolate chips!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 25, 2018:

That sounds interesting. I'm curious if the trail mix sunk or not. I bet it was a yummy addition.

Hazel1014 on September 15, 2018:

I am going to be making a yellow cake mix using soda, and adding trail mix in to the cake mix - and I am making it outside in my dutch oven on a coal fire - I will let you all know how it comes out - thanks for the recipe!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 01, 2018:

You want to follow the directions on the box mix that you are using.

Margaret c godshall on August 31, 2018:

Baking temp? For how long?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on August 31, 2018:

Thank you . Enjoy the cake.

pfw329@gmail.com on August 29, 2018:

Look good enough to try

Claudia Mitchell (author) on April 17, 2018:

You can, but you'll need to watch the cooking time. Just keep an eye on the cupcakes so they don't overcook.

Clare johnson on April 09, 2018:

Can you make the angels food cake and can of purée blueberry into cupcakes?? Thanks for sharing all of these ideas.

BJ on March 18, 2018:

@Renee Benise

You could use the chocolate with pumpkin and the white with the cherry, and get delicious cakes just as described in this article. Or you could make a golden pumpkin cake with white mix and pumpkin, and a decadent chocolate cherry cake with the cherry filling and chocolate mix. Basic mixes will yield similar results no matter the flavor, so mix and match according to what you like.

Pamela99 on March 03, 2018:

I love all your suggestions, and I have tried a chocolate cake mix with a can of pumpkin for cupcakes. I will try some of your suggestions. What a great article!

Renee Benise on March 02, 2018:

I have Devils food cake mix/classic white cake mix. I also have Cherry Pie Filling/Pumpkin Pie filling witch pie filling go's well with Devils Food cake mix and classic white cake mix?

Elizabeth Charlotte Horrell on November 29, 2017:

Wow! love it!u r the bomb lady

Rachel Cornett on November 08, 2017:

What are the ww points on a slice of these cakes made with cake mix?

Dolly Gratt on September 03, 2017:

Have tried the angel cake mix with pineapple and it is so good and very few point plus points. TY. Going to try recipe with soda today.

Charline McClure on February 19, 2017:

Would regular 7-up make it too sweet? I am very allergic to artificial sweeteners or sugar substitutes of any kind. These all sound delicious.

Sakina Nasir from Kuwait on November 19, 2016:

Great hub! Loved the detailed explanation and pictures too! These look yummy! I have never baked before, but I would love to try out these recipes. Well done and thanks for sharing such a wonderful article! God bless you! ☺

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 19, 2016:

When I made the applesauce/spice muffins it wasn't the same texture as if I would have followed the directions on the cake box. They were softer, but not gummy. I did put them in the fridge and that firmed them up a bit.

Connie on November 12, 2016:

Made the applesauce/spice cake and cooked according to directions-test done but it seems very gummy to us. Should I have cooked it longer? Not sure we will finish this cake.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 18, 2016:

Hi teaches - I've been out of the loop for a while, but wanted to thank you for the comments. These may not be the healthiest cakes, but in a pinch they work well.

Dianna Mendez on August 28, 2016:

Glimmer, your post is well done and certainly draws interest with the yummy title. I can't wait to try some of these recipe ideas.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on May 30, 2016:

Glad you liked the recipes Margie. Spice cake mixes are pretty good with some of these.

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on May 24, 2016:

We love the pumpkin with the chocolate and spice cake! Thanks for great information ,

Claudia Mitchell (author) on March 21, 2016:

Thank you so much Kailua-KonaGirl - Sorry it took so long to respond...family issues so I was away from the computer for a while. I like things from scratch too, but it's nice to make something so quickly. I appreciate the kind comments!

KonaGirl from New York on February 23, 2016:

OMG! Who knew what could be accomplished with a cake mix. When it comes to pies and a flakey, from scratch, crust - I'm your girl. When it comes to cakes from scratch I'll let someone else bake them if you want to actually eat them. LOL. Boxed cake mixes are my savior. These ideas are right up my alley. Thank you so much! Pinning this one to my Cake Box Mix board.

I didn't realize this hub won HOTD until reading some of the other comments so Congrats on that too!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 09, 2016:

Thanks Diana - they are fun to experiment with, especially if you need a quick and easy dessert for something. Have a great day!

Diana Abrahamson on February 08, 2016:

Mmm..love cakes and also trying out new recipes. Great recipes to try! Also love experimenting with new ideas too.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 01, 2016:

Thank you Susan...I love the pumpkin spice combo too. It's so moist. The cream cheese icing sounds good, especially if it's easy. Glad you stopped by to check out the hub and appreciate the kind comments.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 01, 2016:

Thanks RTalloni! I appreciate it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 01, 2016:

Hi janshares - I hope you have been well and really appreciate your kind comments. This is definitely good for non-bakers and I see next to your name that you are in DC so one of these would have been good for you to make when you were snowed in last week! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 01, 2016:

Thanks Kristen! I really appreciate it.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 01, 2016:

Thanks Donna! Like I said in the hub, these aren't going to win any blue ribbons, but are pretty good in a pinch. I know the folks who got snowed in during that blizzard last week could have used some of these recipes! Glad you like the hub.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on February 01, 2016:

I've made several of these combinations and every time I'm amazed at how well they turn out. Spice cake with a can of pumpkin is my very favorite and I've made it many times. We love it with homemade cream cheese frosting, which actually is quick and easy to make and so much better than anything out of a can. Thanks for compiling these lists! Congrats on Hub of the Day honors, too!

RTalloni on February 01, 2016:

Back today congrats on your Hub of the Day award!

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on February 01, 2016:

This is great, Glimmer Twin Fan, very useful for non-bakers like me. This makes me want to bake a cake or some brownies with black beans today! Not sure how I missed this excellent hub. Congratulations on HOTD. It exemplifies what the award is all about: originality, high quality, useful, informative, visually beautiful, and evergreen! Your work is always very impressive.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 01, 2016:

Glimmer, since I stopped by here last year, I just want to say congrats on HOTD!

Donna Herron from USA on February 01, 2016:

Wow, what wonderful ideas! I'm definitely considering both of your brownie add-ins. I've had cola in chocolate cake, and brownies sound even better. But black beans - I'll have to try that :) Congrats on your wonderful HOTD!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on February 01, 2016:

Thank you ChitrangadaSharan - I appreciate that. It was a fun one to write since I got to try out a a number of the recipes. Have a great day!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 01, 2016:

Congratulations for the well deserved HOTD!

All the recipes are worth trying . Sure to try all of them. Thanks for sharing the well presented hub with helpful pictures.

Sharing and pinning!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on January 21, 2016:

Thanks gatheringgarden. Hope you enjoy the cake you decide to make.

gatheringgarden on January 20, 2016:

love these ideas! great post! question is which do i try first?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 27, 2015:

Rabadi - I hope you have had a chance to try out one of these cakes. Thanks for reading and commenting.

hazeltos - I appreciate that you took the time to read my hub and hopefully you get a chance to try one of these soon.

Happy New Year to you both.

Susan Hazelton from Summerfield, Florida on December 27, 2015:

These are terrific recipes. I love that they are two ingredients. I have a couple of cake mixes in my cupboard I am absolutely going to try this on.

O from New York on November 28, 2015:

Delicious and great ideas! I have to try some of the cakes out! Passing this along to friends, and now following you, keep up the great work mmm mmm :)

Candace on November 20, 2015:

Ha!! I find the video very funny! Healthy brownies from Betty Crocker? Did you read the ingredients? Ironic that you use Organic beans but use mixes that have so much artificial ingredients you are better off making your own mix. Dextrose, HFCS, artificial dyes - no thanks. This makes a great dump brownie if you use your own flour, baking soda etc... Great idea, bad ingredients.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 19, 2015:

Thanks dandelionweeds. Have fun experimenting.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 19, 2015:

Hi Lenore McKenna - Not sure what could have gone wrong. I particularly like the pineapple one. Sorry you did not care for them.

dandelionweeds from Canada on November 19, 2015:

Excellent Hub! Lots of info. I look forward to trying some of theses.

Lenore McKenna on November 19, 2015:

I tried Angel food with crushed pineapple and angel food with blueberry neither was tasty, so what could I have done wrong ?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 16, 2015:

Thanks greenmind. Your comments are vey kind and I appreciate them.

GreenMind Guides from USA on November 11, 2015:

Hey this is a great hub. You really write well and I love this recipe. Well done and I think HubPages could use more writers like you. Thanks!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on November 11, 2015:

Hi alekdo - I hope you liked them. These recipes are so easy that you can make a lot of them at once. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Diana Lee - I like the yellow cake and pumpkin too. The strawberry cake is decent too. Like I said in the hub, these aren't going to win the state fair blue ribbon but they are good in a pinch. Thanks for stopping by!

Hi AshlyChristen - Yep - the brownies are good. They are pretty dense and not quite as sweet, but not bad. Enjoy and I'll swing by.

Ashly Christen from Illinois on November 11, 2015:

have you ever tried the blackbean brownies? im curious about these and slightly scared of them lol

I am new to the hub, I have a couple recipes up feel free to stop by and let me know what you think

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on November 09, 2015:

The pumpkin and yellow cake make a great tasting muffin. I'll be trying some of the others, soon.

Aleksey Donets from Cherkassy, Ukraine on November 06, 2015:

Oh, these cupcakes look sooooo delicious. My girlfriend is fond of baking and I'll definitely ask her to cook the brownies and the cupcakes following your recipe. Can't wait to taste them)))

Claudia Mitchell (author) on October 29, 2015:

Yep LadyZuul - You can use regular sodas. It's more for the liquid than anything else. Ginger Ale would work and I'm guessing that sparkling water would too. They probably won't be as sweet as the other options, but the cake mix is pretty sweet! Thanks for reading.

LadyZuul from Columbus,OH on October 24, 2015:

can you use regular sodas? you cant pay me to drink diet soda..also would any sparkling water or ginger ales work?

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 30, 2015:

Hi RTalloni - Thank you. I have not done something like this for cookies. Good idea though!

RTalloni on September 29, 2015:

All this fast, easy cooking in one place--thanks! Perfect for crowds. Going to look to see if you've put something like this together for cookies...

Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 19, 2015:

Hi Kristylynn999 - Glad you enjoyed these recipes. You can make loads of different cake pops with these, just test one out before your wedding. The texture is a little, not much, different and I'd hate for you to make a lot for such a special day and then not turn out well. Have a wonderful wedding and thanks for reading.

Kristylynn999 on September 16, 2015:

Thanks so much forthe great idea's. I'm making cake pops for my wedding on October 31st. These will help me out so much so that I can make several different types to go around my 8" wedding cake on the shape of a pumpkin on the top.

Ur Awesome....Thanks,


Claudia Mitchell (author) on September 13, 2015:

Hi Michelle - Yes, you can use regular soda too. Thanks for checking out the article.

Michelle on September 12, 2015:

Do you have to use diet pop? We stay clear of anything sugar free.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 26, 2015:

Thanks for reading and commenting thebrownbear. The pumpkin puree makes the cake nice and moist like you said. I'm going to have to look up a Queen Elizabeth cake. I've never heard of that.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 26, 2015:

Agilitybeauty - I hope you enjoy the cake you make. I appreciate the comment.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 26, 2015:

Thanks so much travelvacations.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on July 26, 2015:

Hi nancy - I don't know if you could do the strawberry puree, but if you try I'd love to know the outcome. It should have enough liquid depending on the amount of strawberries you use. Thanks for reading.

thebrownbear on July 23, 2015:

Mmm I'm sure the ones with apple sauce or pumpkin purée end up being quite moist. My mom has a recipe for Queen Elizabeth cake from scratch that has ginger ale in it and it's very scrumptious so I'm curious if one of the 7-up recipes would be similar. I'll have to try it.

Agility Beauty from U.S.A on July 23, 2015:

muffin cake, i think it will be awesome, i will try to do it soon.

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