12 Recipes with Cake Mix: Shortcut Versions of Classic Southern Desserts

By: Natalie Taylor, Editor, FaveSouthernRecipes.com
Recipes with Cake Mix Shortcut Versions of Classic Southern Desserts

When you think of Southern cooking, you likely imagine your Grandmother in the kitchen whipping up a homemade cake. However, there are times when you want to enjoy a classic Southern dessert, but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen.

We have assembled this collection of 12 Recipes with Cake Mix: Shortcut Versions of Classic Southern Desserts to make your life a little easier. After tasting these simple cake recipes, you'd never guess that these desserts were made with cake mix.

With the help of boxed cake mix, you can easily make a classic Southern dessert in no time at all. Even if you are a novice baker, these easy cake recipes would make Grandma proud. So, take your pick and try one of these recipes with cake mix today. Gather your ingredients and make an amazing Southern dessert today!

12 Recipes with Cake Mix: Shortcut Versions of Classic Southern Desserts

Yellow Cake Mix Recipes

3-Ingredient Peach Cobbler
  • Shortcut Preacher CakeYellow cake mix gets a makeover with the addition of crushed pineapple, walnuts, coconut, and cinnamon. This easy recipe also includes instructions for a homemade cream cheese frosting! Don't miss this simplified version of a classic Southern dessert.
  • Southern Pig Pickin' CakeThis classic Southern dessert gets its name because it was traditionally served at Southern pig roasts, but this delicious cake makes the perfect dessert for any occasion. Yellow cake mix is sweetened with a can of Mandarin oranges. The fluffy frosting is a combination of pudding mix, whipped topping, and crushed pineapple.
  • Frosted Fruit Cocktail CakeYellow cake mix gets a new lease on life with this Frosted Fruit Cocktail Cake. Fruit cocktail and shredded coconut add a tropical flair to this easy cake mix recipe. A decadent cooked frosting adds richness and additional coconut flavor to this old-fashioned Southern cake recipe.
  • Retro Cherry Dump CakeThis simple dessert is perfect for those times when you need a delicious treat in a pinch. This old-fashioned dessert harkens back to simpler times because it only requires 4 ingredients! Armed with a box of yellow cake mix, crushed pineapple, cherry pie filling, and melted butter, you can enjoy a delicious dessert.
  • 3-Ingredient Peach CobblerEvery Southerner appreciates a homemade peach cobbler, but sometimes you just don't have time to make a dessert from scratch. This 3-Ingredient Peach Cobbler recipe allows you to enjoy the classic Southern dessert with minimal effort. Plus, you likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry right now!

Recipes with Angel Food or White Cake Mix

Banana Pudding Poke Cake
  • Banana Pudding Poke CakeThe best thing about banana desserts is that you can make them year-round! Because bananas are always available, make this dessert whenever you want a sweet treat. A white cake mix that has been flavored with mashed bananas forms the base of this dessert. Sliced bananas and homemade custard make this easy dessert something special.
  • Coconut Cream Poke Cake DreamIf you take this classic Southern coconut cake to a potluck, everyone will be asking you for the recipe. This lovely dessert begins with a boxed white cake mix before it is dressed up with coconut pudding, cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, and whipped topping. Plus, it is topped with shredded coconut!
  • 2-Ingredient Raspberry Angel Food CakeNo Southern bake sale is complete without an angel food cake. With only two ingredients, you can make a deliciously easy cake. This recipe calls for a box of angel food cake mix and a can of raspberry pie filling, but you can use any flavor of pie filling you want!
  • Lovely Layered Punch Bowl CakeFor a fancy Southern dessert that looks impressive, but is easy to make, look no further than this recipe for Lovely Layered Punch Bowl Cake. Simply prepare an angel food cake from a boxed mix and layer it with pudding, fruit, and whipped topping. This easy Southern dessert is the epitome of class.

Southern Recipes with Chocolate Cake Mix

Mississippi Mud Cake Recipe
  • Chocolate Cherry Coke Cake in a JarFor a new take on the classic Southern Coke cake, look no further than this Chocolate Cherry Coke Cake in a Jar. Chocolate cake mix, cherry pie filling, Coke, and whipped topping meet in perfect harmony in this easy dessert recipe. This dessert recipe is perfect for a potluck or picnic because the dessert is already made in individual servings!
  • Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt CakeBundt cakes are a popular Southern dessert, but making a cake from scratch can be time-consuming. Sour cream and chocolate chips create a decadent texture, despite the fact that this recipe is made with a cake mix. Save yourself some prep time and try this chocolate Bundt cake!
  • Mississippi Mud Cake RecipeThis classic Southern cake is known for its gooey chocolate frosting and layer of masrhmallows. However, you can cut down on prep time by using a box of cake mix so you can focus on making the frosting. This classic chocolate sheet cake is the perfect dessert to take to a potluck. No one will ever guess that you used boxed cake mix!

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