10 Creative & Quick Chocolate Treats from a Simple Boxed Mix

This post is all about getting your chocolate fix – fast! These recipes are based upon boxed chocolate cake mix. We are going to show you how you can make all sorts of cakes, of course, but also cookies, cupcakes, waffles, whoopee pies – and even a Pie In A Cake (you have to see that one to believe it)! Chocolate and mint; chocolate and caramel; chocolate and peanut butter; chocolate and marshmallows; chocolate and fruit; chocolate with whipped cream; chocolate with more chocolate – they are all here!

Earthquake Cake

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This earthquake cake is a decadent and moist chocolate cake made even better with layers of coconut, crunchy pecans, and a sweet and tangy cream cheese mixture. Earthquake cake is also known as German chocolate upside-down cake and hurricane cake. Get the recipe.

Copycat Ding Dong Cake

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Our Copycat Ding Dong Cake will bring you right back to your childhood! Rich, decadent devil’s food chocolate cake mix, layered with a creamy filling and covered in chocolate ganache. Get the recipe.

Easy Chocolate Belgian Waffles

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Indulge in these irresistible Easy Chocolate Belgian Waffles that creatively fuse the rich flavor of chocolate with the soft texture of waffles. Get the recipe.

Kitchen Sink Cupcakes

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These kitchen sink cupcakes are the ultimate in sweet vs savory, with classic chocolate cupcakes topped with vanilla frosting and salty and crunchy toppings. Get the recipe.

Mexican-Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies 

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These Mexican-Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies are undeniably rich and delicious. Satisfy your chocolate craving with a big batch. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Pecan Pie In A Cake!

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A whole pecan pie within a cakeYes! Then topped with chocolate frosting? Yes!  Is it an easy recipe?  Yes!

This dessert sounds complicated but it’s surprisingly easy.  The chocolate pecan pie is a delicious easy holiday dessert. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Huckleberry Rum Cocktail Cake

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I cannot go to Idaho without making a cocktail cake. It is seriously a requirement anytime my Mom and I are in the same state at the same time. This cake is made with a cake mix…Gasp…the horror! No, not really, but there are some purists out there that are clicking the X up in the corner right now. Please don’t run away, I can explain…..Get the recipe.

Oreo Dump Cake

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Oreo cookies are my daughter’s favorite, so I just had to make the Oreo Dump Cake recipe that’s been so popular on TikTok. It’s a bit different than my other dump cakes, but she was delighted with it, so I’d call it a winner! The Oreo dump cake is made with just a few ingredients: Oreo cookies, chocolate cake mix, butter, whipped topping (Cool Whip) and sweetened condensed milk. As this is a dump cake, the ingredients are layered not mixed like a traditional cake. Get the recipe.

Crispy Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies Recipe (5 Ingredients)

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Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies are perfectly sweet with an extra crunch from rice cereal. Make this crispy cookies recipe today with 5 simple ingredients! You’ll love this easy cookie recipe and their chewy texture! Get the recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dump Cake

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake Recipe is a dream. If you are a fan of chocolate and peanut butter and want a quick and easy recipe to make an incredible cake, then this is definitely the recipe that you need to try. Plus it is a super easy dump cake. Get the recipe.

Easy Better Than Sex Cake (Chocolate Cake Recipe)

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Better Than Sex Cake is an indulgent chocolate caramel poke cake with nuts, light-as-air whipped cream, and crunchy toffee bits. BTS cake is SO good and SO simple to make! Get the recipe.

Grasshopper Cake Mix Cookies

Grasshopper cookies.
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Elevate your cookie game with Grasshopper Cake Mix Cookies. With a chocolate cake mix cookie base, topped by a refreshing minty frosting and decadent chocolate ganache, these indulgent treats are perfect for any occasion. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Mint Poke Cake

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Chocolate Mint Poke Cake is perfect combination of moist cake, milk chocolate filling, creamy pudding, and whipped topping in every poked piece. Get the recipe.

Easy Layered Chocolate Truffle Cake Recipe From a Box

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This layered Chocolate Truffle Cake recipe looks fancy but is easier than you think! With boxed cake mix and a simple ganache, this is perfect for anyone who craves chocolate and is looking for an indulgent dessert but is lacking baking skills. It’s the best chocolate cake for any special occasion. Get the recipe.

Turtle Cake

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This easy homemade chocolate Turtle Cake is a decadent dessert that’s made with chocolate cake mix and a homemade caramel sauce. It’s the perfect special occasion dessert! Get the recipe.

Easy Microwavable Chocolate Lava Cake Recipe

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Indulge in the ultimate chocolatey treat with this easy and quick microwavable chocolate lava cake recipe. Whether you’re craving a delectable dessert for yourself or planning a romantic evening for two, this recipe has got you covered.

With just a few simple ingredients and a trusty microwave, you can create a warm and gooey chocolate lava cake that will melt in your mouth. Get the recipe.

3-Ingredient Easy Chocolate Zucchini Cake

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The simplest cake you’ll ever make, this chocolate zucchini cake recipe is where easy meets delicious! With a deep chocolate flavor and a lovely moist crumb, this cake is a great way to get your veggies while enjoying dessert. Get the recipe.

Hot Chocolate Poke Cake

hot chocolate poke cake.
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Indulge in the ultimate winter comfort dessert with our Hot Chocolate Poke Cake! This rich and decadent treat combines the flavors of hot cocoa in every moist, fudgy bite – a delightful way to warm up your taste buds on chilly days. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies

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Whip up soft chocolate whoopie pies with the help of a cake mix, then fill them with a tasty peanut butter marshmallow filling for an extra memorable treat! Get the recipe.

Chocolate Cupcakes (From a Doctored Cake Mix!)

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For super moist chocolate cupcakes, try this recipe for Chocolate Cupcakes from a doctored cake mix. It really does make the absolute best chocolate cupcakes! Top with my homemade buttercream frosting and chocolate shavings. Get the recipe.

Oreo Dirt Cake

Oreo dirt cake.
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Oreo Dirt Cake is one of the best desserts taking only minutes to prepare. Deliciously addicting, this dirt cake is loaded with chocolate goodness in every bite. Moist chocolate cake combined with hot fudge, pudding, Cool Whip, and crushed Oreos! The ULTIMATE sweet tooth lovers dessert! Get the recipe.

24 Decadent, Outrageously Delicious Gluten-Free Chocolate Desserts

Chocolate Cheesecake.
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This round up includes decadent desserts and treats perfect for Valentine’s Day, or any day that you have a hankering for something chocolate – and they are all gluten-free. Cake, cupcakes, cookies, bars, brownies, fudge, truffles and more. Even a vegan chocolate chunk cookie that will knock your socks off. Which one will you make first? Read: 24 Decadent, Outrageously Delicious Gluten-Free Chocolate Desserts

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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