Need a great cake for a fall get-together but don’t have the time or inclination to make it from scratch? That’s where these shortcut cakes swoop in to save the day. They all start with a boxed cake mix, and then you just add a little of this and pinch of that to create crowd-pleasing desserts that’ll get you rave reviews. Be sure to hide the box and no one will be the wiser.
12 Fabulous Cake Mix Cakes for Fall
Simply pour gingerbread cake mix over sliced pears in a buttery pecan sauce to make this moist and tasty fall-flavored upside down cake. MrsDavis114 says, “This cake will make you look like a superstar chef. Nobody needs to know how easy it is!”
Yellow cake mix and pumpkin purée create this lightly spicy cake with a nutty streusel topping. “Tastes just like pumpkin pie but much easier to make and feeds a lot more people!” — LynnInHK
KRANEY says, “Move over, pumpkin pie! So easy and soooo good. I have made this cake twice, and I prefer to use pecans instead of walnuts. For some reason this cake is much, much better if it sits a day or so.”
“Make this exactly as written and I promise you, you won’t be disappointed,” says naples34102. “Use ALL the apples called for, bake about 65 minutes, and cover it the last 10 minutes or so with foil if it starts to get too brown.”
This colorful fall cake calls for cranberry applesauce in the mix. If you can’t find it in the store, do what ANNMARIEDA did: “This was super easy. I could not find cranberry applesauce in the store so I mixed canned cranberries with applesauce.”
Renee Ridgeway says, “I’m going to divulge the secret to making this to perfection…ready??? Follow this recipe exactly and DO NOT CHANGE A THING! It is fantastic and super easy too.”
You can bake this ooey gooey cake in a Bundt pan or a regular cake pan if you wish. pixiestardust102 says, “OMG, the flavors are spectacular! I love this cake!”
“Made this in a 9×13 glass baking dish and added 10 minutes to the cooking time. Turned out perfectly with great reviews!” — Christina Grosshans
naples34102 customized this recipe by adding mini chocolate chips to the mix and topping the cake with Satiny Chocolate Glaze.
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Melted caramels, nuts, and chocolate chips are sandwiched between layers of cake. Several reviewers opted to add yet another layer of deliciousness by spreading the whole thing with chocolate frosting.
A hidden tunnel of cinnamon sugar and nuts is baked right into this scrumptious Bundt cake. MNM6467 says, “Awesome moist delicious cake! Only thing better is MORE of it!! This cake didn’t even last a day at my house.”
Here’s a great way to use up some of that extra Halloween candy. JAZZY-GIRL says, “I made this once for a potluck at work and now, I’m not ‘allowed’ to ever bring anything else except this. Everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing.”
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