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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.

Lemon

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

Same as above

Orange

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

Same as above

Yellow

1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

Same as above

Chocolate

1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

Same as above

Lemon

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.

Orange

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

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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.

Spice

1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

Same as above

Yellow

1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

Same as above

Chocolate

1 (15-oz.) can pumpkin puree

Same as above

Carrot

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

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