The Easy Bundt Cake Recipe They’ll Never Guess Came From a Box!


Inside: This easy bundt cake recipe has been a family favorite for over a decade — It’s basically foolproof. no one will ever guess it came from a box!
easy bundt cake recipe from a box

While a traditional birthday cake is not usually my choice of sweet treats, I’ve made a few exceptions over the years. My From-a-Box Bundt Cake (as I call it) is one of those exceptions!

Simple enough for kids to help with, this easy bundt cake recipe is also “company approved” in my book!

It can be tweaked based on your personal preferences (or whatever ingredients you have in the pantry), it freezes wonderfully, and it’s an easy dish to bring to a potluck, holiday party, birthday celebration, or summer BBQ.

It’s basically the perfect sweet treat for any occasion!

easy vanilla bundt cake recipe

I make some version of this cake at least once a month (keep reading below for some of our favorite flavor combos). Sometimes, I’ll even bake 2 different cakes at the same time, cut them both in half, put half of each in the freezer, and save half of each to eat right away.

As you’ll notice by the pictures below… anything with chocolate is a winner in our home!

easy recipe for chocolate bundt cake

If you’re looking for a simple and delicious dessert recipe for an upcoming event… or just a special weeknight treat, give my from-a-box bundt cake a try.

I promise, no one will ever guess you started with a boxed mix!

easy chocolate bundt cake recipe with vanilla frosting

NOTE: I want to mention that I have made countless attempts to recreate this recipe using whole grain flour — it does not work! 🙂

Much to my dismay (and lots of “wasted” ingredients) I have yet to come up with a whole grain version of this recipe that’s even close to how light, fluffy, moist, and delicious this from-a-box recipe is.

That said… you should be able to substitute the boxed mix part of this recipe with the dry ingredients of your favorite from-scratch cake recipes (here’s an easy from-scratch chocolate cake recipe).

home grain mill
I use my NutriMill grain mill daily… just not for chocolate cake!

Our Favorite Ingredient Combinations:

Almost any cake mix + pudding mix combo could work for this bundt cake recipe so feel free to experiment. I’ve shared a handful of our favorite combinations below.

  • Chocolate cake mix + chocolate pudding powder + semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Chocolate cake mix + butterscotch pudding powder + 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips + 1/2 c. peanut butter chips
  • Yellow cake mix + vanilla pudding powder + semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Yellow cake mix + lemon pudding powder + 2 t. lemon extract + 2 T. poppy seeds
  • Chocolate cake mix + butterscotch pudding powder + 1/2 c. chocolate chips + 1/c. pecans
  • Red velvet cake mix + vanilla pudding powder + white chocolate chips
  • White cake mix + vanilla pudding mix + 2 t. almond extract + slivered almonds as a garnish (on top of the already baked cake)
easy from-a-box bundt cake
Yield: 12

Easy From-A-Box Bundt Cake

easy from a box bundt cake

This easy bundt cake recipe is simple enough for kids to help, it can be tweaked based on your personal preferences (or whatever ingredients you have in the pantry), and it freezes wonderfully.

It's basically the perfect sweet treat for any occasion!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. any variety of store-bought cake mix (15.25 oz.)
  • 1 pkg. any flavor instant pudding (4 serving size)
  • 1 c. water
  • 1/2 c. applesauce or oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c. mix-ins (optional) -- chocolate chips, nuts, peanut butter chips, etc.
  • optional frosting, glaze, and toppings

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Grease a 10" bundt pan and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix dry cake mix and dry pudding mix.
  4. Add wet ingredients and any mix-ins; stir until combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan.
  6. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes.
  7. Remove cake from pan and cool on a wire rack.
  8. Frost if desired and add

Notes

Our Favorite Combinations:

  1. Chocolate cake mix + chocolate pudding powder + semi-sweet chocolate chips
  2. Chocolate cake mix + butterscotch pudding powder + 1/2 c. milk chocolate chips + 1/2 c. peanut butter chips
  3. Yellow cake mix + vanilla pudding powder + semi-sweet chocolate chips
  4. Yellow cake mix + lemon pudding powder + 2 t. lemon extract + 2 T. poppy seeds
  5. Chocolate cake mix + butterscotch pudding powder + 1/2 c. chocolate chips + 1/c. pecans
  6. Red velvet cake mix + vanilla pudding powder + white chocolate chips
  7. White cake mix + vanilla pudding mix + 2 t. almond extract + slivered almonds as a garnish (on top of the already baked cake)

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Nutrition Information

Yield

12

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 337Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 47mgSodium 394mgCarbohydrates 56gFiber 2gSugar 34gProtein 5g

Nutritional information is approximate and does not account for additional ingredients or added toppings.

© Andrea Dekker
Cuisine: American / Category: Dessert
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