3 Classic Cakes That Start With a Box of Cake Mix

German Chocolate Cake
Photo: Southern Living

Whether it's an elegant tiered wedding cake or grandma's beloved fruitcake, we've been trained to expect cake in one of its various forms when we gather for something important. Sometimes making cake from scratch isn't feasible in the midst of everything else going on in life, so here are 3 cakes we love that can easily be made with our recommended boxes of cake mix.

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1957: German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake
Southern Living

Rather than making a cake with several layers, German Chocolate Cake is just as good baked in a sheet pan and covered in a single coat of its classic coconut-pecan frosting. Slice the cake into easy-to-grab squares or rectangles. To take this cake to a deeper level of indulgent, beat together 1 (8-oz.) package of cream cheese with 8 tablespoons of softened butter and 1 (16-oz.) box of confectioners sugar. Spoon this frosting in dollops across the top of the cake batter just before baking. This will bake into the cake and create gooey pockets of cream cheese frosting.

Brand Recommendation: Duncan Hines Decadent German Chocolate Cake Mix

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Honey-Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Hector Sanchez

Few cakes are more emblematic of Southern gatherings than a Pineapple Upside-Down Cake. The pineapple and bright maraschino cherries bake beneath the cake in a mixture of butter and brown sugar before being inverted onto a serving platter and forming a gorgeous, juicy covering to a classic yellow cake. We like sticking with tradition on this one, so we recommend using a standard yellow cake mix.

Brand Recommendation: Betty Crocker Super Moist Favorites Yellow Cake Mix

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Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake

Brunch Recipes: Streusel Coffee Cake
Jennifer Davick

Coffee cake is a luxury when it's actually served with coffee. So be sure to brew a pot of to accompany this Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake. The streusel is included in the box of cake mix, and it's sprinkled both in the middle and on top of the cake batter to create two crunchy cinnamon layers in the cake. For bigger gatherings, consider making this cake in paper muffin cups for an easy and portable portion.

Brand Recommendation: Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin

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