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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 4 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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74 comments on “2 Ingredient Cake Mix Cake (4 ways)”

  1. I love this site!!

  2. Can you use a flavored yogurt with white cake mix?

  3. Can you use Diet Coke 

  4. KIRBIE,


  5. 1 box cake mix and 1 can of pumpkin puree works to. Just mix any cake with the pumpkin omitting the box ingredients, put in greased 9×13 and bake according to directions. You can’t even taste the pumpkin.

  6. I’m so thankful to u that I can get better knowledge of making pastries and cakes. Only little thing s using. So I can give to best quality but can less price. I’m planning to open a cafeteria in pilipin. Or Canada. So please send me more. I’m so much appreciate you r sending me daily.

  7. I made the yellow cake with apple sauce and I added some cinnamon and pumpkin spice. It was so delicious and so quick and easy, my family loved it??

  8. Have you tried a gluten free cake mix?

  9. Thank you for sharing these alternatives! Besides working as a last minute hack or way of eliminated eggs & oil from a diet, these are also VERY useful for food banks. Often, people who utilize food banks don’t have eggs & oil. By donating a can of frosting, a box mix & applesauce or club soda, you can help a family make a birthday cake. 

  10. Does it have to be unsweetened applesauce or can it just be regular?

  11. I’m trying the Apple sauce in a carrot cake I just put in oven. I am so glad to find this website because I’m always out of something and I don’t drive anymore I’m legally blind. Thank you so much.

  12. With the yellow cake and applesauce do you still add the water that’s on the box? Or is it just the Apple sauce and mix?

  13. Is there a recipe for angel food cake and diet soda?   

  14. Can you use diet coke?

  15. Can you use brownie mix instead of chocolate cake mix?

  16. I’m so glad I found this post! We are trying to limit our consumption of both eggs and oil, so this is perfect. Thanks for all of your experimentation!

  17. Great with the coke thanks

  18. Does this work with brownie mix by any chance? hmmm…

  19. Great idea! But you forgot somegthing very important! That’s right, the icing!!!! LOL what can you suggest for pantry staples icing?

    • powdered sugar and water or powdered sugar and milk will create a basic icing. or you can also just dust the cake with powdered sugar.

  20. Knowing the right sized pan would be great. I am assuming 9 x 13 for a sheet cake, yes?

    • And by ‘prepared’ you mean both greased AND floured? or just greased?

      • I think you missed reading step 1 which tells you to grease the pan. It does not need to be floured.

    • The cake pan size is stated in step 1 of the instructions for the recipe. And yes it is a 9 x 13.

      • Have “downsized” and really just wanted small stuff to have around. tried making these cakes in ramekins in toaster oven, worked great! Just enough for one night at time, used “jiffy” mixes ,,made two small cakes. Tried cherry cola with chocolate cake mix, used cherry preserves with icing , made a black forest cake,,, sort of

      • Thanks for letting us know!

    • Will this work with gluten free cake mix 

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