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6 Recipes That Start With A Box of Chocolate Cake Mix
Hello, chocolate lovers! This one goes out to you — six of the best homemade chocolate desserts out there. And the best part? They all start with a box of chocolate cake mix. There’s nothing wrong with using boxed cake mix. Using a premade mix is a tried-and-true shortcut that makes life a little simpler, and let’s face it, they are a great semi-blank canvas to start with when baking.
From cupcakes to cookies to truffles, here are six recipes using a box of chocolate cake mix that you and your family (or friends) will love.
1Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies
I’ve taken these cookies to more friends’ homes than I can remember, and they are always a huge hit. They are slightly cakey, super chocolatey, yet somehow really airy and light all at the same time. In fact, these cake mix cookies are so fluffy I’ve got a friend who calls them “chocolate pillow cookies” and requests them every time I come over. And all it takes are four ingredients! You’ll need one box of chocolate cake mix (any brand will do), ½ cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs, and chocolate chips (I usually use a cup, but sometimes more). Mix everything together and bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
2Marshmallow Chocolate Poke Cake
Who doesn’t love a classic sheet cake-turned-poke cake filled with creamy, chocolatey goodness? Grab your favorite box of chocolate cake mix and bake it according to its instructions. Then, you’re going to use the end of a wooden spot to poke holes in the cake, filling each hole with a melted chocolate chip/condensed milk/heavy cream mixture. Once it’s cooled, you’ll top it with a fluffy marshmallow whipped cream and chocolate ganache swirl. It’s heavenly. Here’s the recipe.
3Chocolate Cake Truffles
This recipe calls for a boxed chocolate cake mix made according to its instructions, a brick of cream cheese, and a bag of chocolate chips. These truffles are moist and fudgy and one just isn’t enough. (Don’t worry, one batch makes roughly 45 truffles.) Once the baked cake is cooled, blend it in a food processor until it turns to crumbs. Then, add in the cream cheese and blend until fully combined. Use a small cookie scoop to roll your mix into truffle shapes, placing them on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Stick in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Melt the chocolate in a bowl and, using a toothpick to hold the truffles, dip them in the melted chocolate until coated. Top with nuts, coconut flakes, sprinkles, or candy of choice and freeze or refrigerate until hardened and ready to serve.
4Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Sure, an obvious use for a box of cake mix is cupcakes — but these cupcakes are filled and topped with peanut butter buttercream frosting. For this recipe, you’re basically going to make a doctored version of the cake mix (adding just a few ingredients), and then you’re going to pipe in some of the buttercream using a piping tip that’s stuck midway through the cupcake. Finally, you’ll ice the cupcake. Grab some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to add on top for a yummy decoration. Find the recipe here.
5Chocolate Tres Leches Cake
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A thick, rich chocolate cake that’s filled with three types of creamy milks and topped with a shaved chocolate whipped cream? Yes, please! This is an easy twist on a classic beloved Hispanic cake recipe with an easy chocolate-filled shortcut. Peep the recipe here.
6An Even Better Chocolate Cake
What’s better than an easy boxed chocolate cake? A really great doctored version that’s just as easy to make using a few extra ingredients. This one calls for a box of devil's food cake mix, sour cream, chocolate pudding mix, vanilla, milk, and chocolate chips. The result? A super chocolatey moist cake that you’re going to want more than one piece of. Get the recipe here.