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2 Ingredient Cake Mix Cake (4 ways)

If you’re out of flour, eggs, butter, or oil, you can still make cake using a box of cake mix and just one other pantry staple. In this post, I share four ways to make easy 2 ingredient cake mix cake.
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I know flour is still hard to find these days. But boxed cake mix is still fairly easy to buy. And you don’t even need to add the eggs and oil usually required to go along with the mix to make your cake.

Over the years, I’ve experimented with a lot of different ways to use boxed cake mix. In this post I share my favorite cake mix cake recipes.

White/Yellow Cake Mix + Applesauce

photo of slices of cake on small plates
Instead of eggs and oil, applesauce is used as the replacement. This recipe works best with white and yellow cake mix. It will not work with chocolate cake mix without some adjustments to the recipe. The cake comes out very moist. You can also add a little bit of cinnamon to enhance the flavor.

Cake Mix + Club Soda/Sparkling Water

photo of a slice of chocolate cake
This works with any cake mix flavor. I like chocolate the best.

Chocolate Cake Mix + Soda

photo of slices of chocolate coke cake
I previously shared my 2 Ingredient Chocolate Coke Cake, but it can be made with any soda flavor. The cake comes out incredibly fluffy. This recipe works best with chocolate cake mix.

Cake Mix + Greek Yogurt + Water

photo of a stack of three lemon cake slices
Technically this cake requires 3 ingredients, but the third ingredient is water. It can be made without the water but I didn’t like the results as much. This can be made with any flavor cake mix. I have made it with lemon, red velvet and chocolate.

2 Ingredient Cake Mix Cake (4 Ways)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
You can make cake mix cake without eggs or oil. Here are four easy cake mix recipes.
5 from 9 votes


2 Ingredient Applesauce Cake

  • 1 (15.25 oz) box white or yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce

2 Ingredient Coke Cake

  • 1 (15.25 oz) box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (12 oz) can coke or other flavored soda

2 Ingredient Club Soda Cake

  • 1 (15.25 oz) box cake mix (any flavor)
  • 1 1/2 cups club soda or sparkling water

3 Ingredient Healthier Cake Mix Cake

  • 1 (15.25 oz) box cake mix (any flavor)
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek strained yogurt
  • 1 cup water


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the interior of a 9 inch x 13 inch baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, add cake ingredients. Mix with a whisk until batter is smooth. Pour cake batter into prepared cake pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until cake is done.


  • The applesauce cake will not work with chocolate cake mix because the batter will be too dry.
  • The chocolate coke cake works best with chocolate cake mix. Other cake mixes come out too sweet with the soda. 

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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135 comments on “2 Ingredient Cake Mix Cake (4 ways)”

  1. I’m going to try this . Thanks for the recipe . 

  2. How would you make a light frosting for this cake? It tastes great with cheery cola soda and is fine without frosting but I’d like to have one to try. Many thanks in advance!

  3. Has anyone tried a SF yellow cake mix with Zero Big Red?

  4. Could you use spice cake mix with root beer soda?

  5. I have used the angel food cake mix with crushed pineapple & it works great. Also I like the angel food cake mix with chopped canned apples & 1/2 t. apple pie spice. My uncle was diabetic. I used the apples with Splenda in them. He could eat this & loved it!

  6. The applesauce works for cupcakes. Use 1 box cake mix (Not chocolate) and 1 cup unsweetened applesauce. Mix well, Fill cup cake tin 2/3 full. Bake 350F for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. So moist and delicious!!!

  7. I have also used Betty Crocker angel food box cake mix (has just one packet inside) and one 20 oz. Can crushed pineapple. Mix the 2 in a big bowl, it will fizz up. Pour in 13×9 pan. 350 for 30″. I have added strawberries or maraschino cherries to it. I’ve greased the pan & not greased the pan. Either way worked fine. 

  8. Got a real bad sugar problem, may I substitute CAFFEINE FREE DIET COKE I
    in chocolate e mix 

  9. Can any of these recipes work as cupcakes? If so, what temp and cooking time? Thank you

    • Sorry, we haven’t tried making cupcakes so can’t say how the baking time would need to be adjusted.

  10. Hi, I’m always looking at all your recipes. And, today I came across your 2 – ingredients cake mix . So, one question, I have a lemon cake mix that needs to be used soon. Can that flavor be used with unsweetened applesauce? Or, give me some suggestions. Thanks, Kathy

  11. Hi. Is this an American site. I am not used to the term box cake mix. Is it ok to use standard cake mix?
    Also I prefer ounces to cups for accuracy.
    Thanks Liz

  12. I made the chocolate cake with coke last weekend and it was Amazing:)

  13. These are Great!
    Cake mix and canned Pumpkin (NOT Pumpkin pie filling) also is yummy especially with spice cake or chocolate cake mix!!!

  14. Can you use a can of crushed pineapples and a box of pineapple cake mix. 

    • We haven’t tried crushed pineapple – only applesauce. Let us know if you do and how it works!

  15. Hi could you please.send me the no yeast dinner.rolls recipe please as.i missed that. Ps your recipes are amazing I have tried several. Kind regards Julie

  16. I was wondering if I could get the recipe for the vanilla icing for the 2 ingredient cake? It looks different than a buttercream.

    • It’s a whipped cream frosting – you’ll need three to four cups depending on how much frosting you like.

  17. You can also use 1 can of pumpkin to one box of chocolate cake mix. It only works with chocolate bc the pumpkin will color the lighter mixes

  18. Can you use sweetened applesauce instead of unsweetened Applesauce or any other applesauce like sweetened straberry in the white boxed cake mix?

    • Strawberry applesauce would work – as far as sweetened or unsweetened, it really depends on how sweet you want your cake. It may be too sweet if you use sweetened. Hope that helps!

  19. Thank you for these quick recipes. Can’t wait to try one.

  20. Can diet soda be used?? Instead of regular. I was thinking chocolate cake with diet cherry coke

  21. What size pan works best for the two ingredient cakes?

  22. These cakes are so yummy and so quick and easy to make,perfect for busy mums.

  23. Send me the ingredients of water cake

  24. Hi Jennifer
    I really like your treats and I will buy the ingredients and try it and I’ll come back to you

  25. Can u tell me if I can use vanilla yogurt instead of greek don’t like that? Perhaps in a chocolate cake or what flavor do u suggest?

    • We’ve only tried it with Greek yogurt. It’s usually thicker than regular yogurt so we can’t say how that will work.

    • Wow I am so glad I came across your information yesterday. I haven’t tied any recipes yet but just reading the simplicity of ingredients, I was sold. I like the lack of sugar and reduced baking and cooking times. Wow people with health issues , diet restrictions should really get to know about your genius in eating healthy yet delicious ?. Thank you

    • I’m going to make dis cake fr d coming Easter weekend thanks fr sharing n God bless

  26. Can I use the appl sauce with Strawberry cake mix or cupcakes ?? Or with the keto cake mix ?

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