20 Two-Ingredient Cake Mix Recipes
Making a cake is fun, but it isn’t always easy. If you do not have the right ingredients, the cost of making a cake can quickly add up. Luckily, there are a number of two-ingredient cake mix recipes that you can find online. While you may be wary about trying these at first, many of them are actually rather good.
These boxed mixes might not be quite the same as making a cake from scratch, but they are much more convenient. Plus, they are the perfect option if you suddenly have to have something ready for a group of people or forget to make enough food. Whatever your situation, these two-ingredient cake mix recipes can save the day. You can mix them up and bake them at a moment’s notice without a lot of fuss.
While you may not win a cooking award, these cake mixes will do in a pinch. These cake mixes tend to have a moist, dense texture, so keep that in mind. If you prefer lighter cake mixes, then you may have to make one from scratch. Many people prefer moist cakes though, so these may work for you.
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Keep in mind that your cakes will be different than they normally would be. They are not going to rise quite as much, so you may want to use a smaller pan. It may only take a single 9-inch pan instead of two since they will not rise as much. The items that should be pureed can be chopped up using a hand immersion blender or a food processor. In some cases, you can already buy a pureed version of the food such as with pumpkin puree.
If you want to make your cakes a little prettier, you can use a bundt pan for a fancier look. Different icings can also change the finished look and taste of the cake, so experiment with the types of options that you like best. If you do not have any icing on hand, you can always add some whipped cream on top. A little powdered sugar can be sprinkled on the cake to make it look like a photo in a cookbook.
Most of the cake mix packages ask for liquid of some sort before you bake it. Since you are adding in a second ingredient, you are already giving the cake the moisture it needs. Unless you want to make an odd, pudding-like cake, you need to skip out on the liquid asked for in the original recipe. Instead, just add your second ingredient and enjoy.
20 Two-Ingredient Cake Mix Recipes
1. Strawberry Cake With 7 Up
For this recipe, you use a strawberry cake mix at the store. Instead of the water normally called for, you add in 12 ounces of 7 Up instead. Blend the two ingredients together and follow the directions on the box.
2. Strawberry Cake With Diet 7 Up
We all know that sugar is not particularly good for us. If you are trying to lower the amount of sugar and calories in your cake mix, you can use Diet 7 Up instead. Like before, use a strawberry cake mix with 12 ounces of Diet 7 Up. Blend them together, toss it in the oven and wait for your delicious cake to bake.
3. Strawberry Cake With Orange Soda
If you have spent any time on Pinterest, you have probably seen cakes in amazing colors or the famous rainbow cakes. Making a strawberry cake with orange soda will give you a more orange color, so it is ideal if you want something fun or are approaching Halloween and Thanksgiving. Like before, you will want to blend your cake mix with 12 ounces of orange soda. The 12 ounces work out to about 1 ½ cups, so you can also just measure this amount out. Afterward, follow the directions on the box for baking it.
4. Yellow Cake and Pumpkin
If you want an extremely delicious cake that tastes like something you would find at a bakery around Halloween, try this option. Buy a package of yellow cake mix and 1 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree. Blend the ingredients together according to the directions on the package and bake. Since this will be using more wet ingredients than normal, the resulting cake will be significantly more dense and moist than normal.
5. Chocolate Pumpkin
For the chocolate lovers out there, this type of cake is perfect. Like the last option, you need to get a 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree. Blend the pumpkin puree with the cake mix and follow the other instructions on the package for mixing and baking. Voila!
6. Lemon and Oranges
Summertime is a wonderful time of year to experiment with cakes. People want to be outside, enjoying the sunshine, so sit-down meals have to wait until fall rolls around. For a delicious addition to your summertime barbecue or picnic, try out this cake mix. You will want to take a 15-ounce can of Mandarin orange segments and a lemon cake mix. Do not drain the Mandarin oranges because their liquid will just replace the liquid called for on the box. Puree the oranges and their liquid before blending them into the cake mix. Afterward, bake your delicious lemon cake according to the directions on the package.
7. Orange and Orange
We think that this option should be called Orange Squared, but you can name it yourself. Buy an orange cake mix and a 15-ounce can of Mandarin orange segments. Like before, you will want the oranges to be undrained and pureed because they will just replace the liquid that is normally in your cake. Blend together, bake according to the package and prepare to tantalize your taste buds.
8. Angelic Cherry
For this option, you need a basic Angel Food cake mix. Buy a can of cherry pie filling and puree it. Afterward, blend it in with the cake mix and make it according to the directions on the box.
9. Angelic Blueberry
While some people love cherries, you do have more options. Angel food cake is great because it readily takes on the flavor of anything you add to it. Grab a can of blueberry pie filling and puree it. Afterward, blend it in with your cake mix before baking it according to the directions on the box.
10. Angelic Pineapple
For summertime, Angelic Pineapple is a great go-to cake. The flavors of the pineapple remind me of those mixed drinks that come with umbrellas and sprinkled in coconut. Buy a can of crushed, undrained pineapple and blend it in with the cake mix without adding liquid. Next, pop you cake in the oven and bake it according to the directions on the box. For bonus points, sprinkle some coconut on top or add a delicious coconut cream frosting.
11. Angelic Apple
Get a can of apple pie filling and mix it into your cake mix. Next, follow the directions on the box for baking it. Delicious!
12. Angel Food Cake and Grape Soda
If you have children who love the color purple, this will be a great cake mix to make. Head to your corner store to buy a package of angel food cake and grape soda. Use 15 ounces of grape soda in the recipe instead of the water that is normally called for. Afterward, follow the directions on the package to make a purple, delicious cake.
13. Pumpkin Spice
Once fall is here again, this cake will be a hit. As Facebook feeds fill up with pictures of pumpkin spice lattes, you can create a pumpkin spice cake. For this two-ingredient cake mix, you need a package of spice cake mix and a 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree. Blend the two ingredients together and bake according to the directions on the package.
14. Spiced Applesauce
Are you tired of just having spice cakes? You can make miniature cakes or just go for morning muffins with this recipe. Take a package of boxed spice cake mix and use two cups of applesauce. You can either cook these as a typical cake or pour them into a muffin man for unbelievably good muffins. Keep in mind that the cooking time will change if you use a muffin pan—the package should say how long it will take instead. If it does not, then keep an eye on them as they cook to make sure that they cook all the way without getting burned.
15. Diet Red Velvet
Red Velvet is a popular cake mix, so this modification is bound to be a hit. To make it extra sweet and delicious, pick your favorite diet soda. We like 7 Up, but you can mix it up. Use 12 ounces of soda instead of the liquid normally called for in the recipe. Mix them together before tossing the cake in the oven. Make sure to follow the baking directions on the package so that it turns out just right.
16. Pumpkin Cake
For a simple fall cake, check out this option. You need a 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree and a package of yellow cake mix. Blend the two ingredients together and then follow the baking directions on the cake package. Perfect!
17. Blueberry Spice
For another delicious cake, try this option. You will want to use a package of spice cake mix and a can of blueberry pie filling. Mix the two ingredients together, bake according to the directions on the box and then enjoy your delicious cake.
18. Chocolate Covered Blueberries
If you love chocolate cake, this option is bound to be appealing. A can of blueberry pie filling and a chocolate cake mix are a match made in heaven. When blended together, these make a delicious, over-the-top flavor that your guests will love. Just mix a can of blueberry pie filling and a package of chocolate cake together before baking them according to the directions on your cake mix package.
19. Diet Carrot
While we may have called it “diet,” this is decidedly not on your list of approved diet foods! Buy a carrot cake mix and mix in 12 ounces of diet soda. Skip the liquid asked for on the package and pop it into the oven. The resulting cake will be more moist and sweeter than your typical carrot cake.
20. Chocolate Pumpkins
This simple, two-ingredient cake mix involves just a 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree and a chocolate cake mix. Mix the two together before following the directions on the cake mix. Afterward, enjoy your chocolate pumpkin cake with a bit of icing or some ice cream on the side.
Remember that these cake mixes are not going to rise as much as you have expected. If you are switching to a muffin pan instead of a cake pan, remember that the muffins will need to be fuller to actually reach a normal size. In addition, they are going to be much softer than normal. You will need to wait at least a few hours for them to cool off completely, or they will break apart in your hands. If you have the time, the best option for the muffins would be to let them sit in the refrigerator overnight before eating them.
There are also many more options and modifications that you can do for other two-ingredient recipes. For example, family-sized brownie recipes can be blended with foods like a 15-ounce can of black beans, a 12-ounce Diet Coke or a 12-ounce Sprite. You can mix and match flavors as you get more comfortable with making modifications.
To make your cake look amazing, try adding some prepared frosting, whipped cream or powdered sugar on top of your cake. My personal favorite is a cream cheese frosting because it balances out some of the extreme sweetness in these cake mixes. If you have a favorite two-ingredient cake mix recipe or just want to tell us about your amazing cake creations, leave a comment below the article.