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Cake Mix Waffles

Cake Mix Waffles are a fun and easy way to make a batch of waffles for breakfast or dessert. You can use any flavor cake mix you like – it’s a great shortcut if you love to make waffles.

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Last week I stumbled across this great post showing different ways to use cake mix (I seem to have lost the link; I’ll update the post later when I find it). One of the recipes included was actually one of mine, which is how I found the article to begin with. I love finding new uses for cake mix!

Anyway, after reading through, I had so many new recipes I wanted to try. The one that was on the top of my list were cake mix waffles. I love making things in the waffle iron. It cooks up faster than baking in the oven.

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How to Make Cake Mix Waffles

For waffles, all you need is a cake mix and the ingredients listed on the box to make the batter. I used a spice cake mix, but you could use any flavor you like, like red velvet cake mix, white cake mix, or lemon. I think a funfetti cake mix would be fun for a birthday cake waffle with some sprinkles and whipped cream.

You can serve them for breakfast or dessert. Cake mix is already sweet, so I didn’t serve mine with maple syrup but depending on the flavor of mix you use, it’s a fun way to make a breakfast dish.

I think chocolate cake mix waffles would be perfect for dessert. You can spread a filling like Nutella on one and sandwich it with another waffle. Add some whipped cream or ice cream for a topping along with chocolate syrup or caramel sauce.

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What do cake mix waffles taste like?

The first time I made them, I was curious how they would turn out. They didn’t have the traditional waffle texture, instead they basically are like cake in a waffle form. Which I guess you might think would be obvious but I’ve made other things in my waffle iron before like cookies and pizza dough and it doesn’t always come out the same.

Even though these don’t taste like traditional waffles, they do taste yummy. It’s not quite like eating a cake since they are flatter, so it’s more like a cross between eating a pancake and a waffle.

The only problem I had is that I had way too much leftover batter, so I ended up making little cupcakes with the rest.

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More Ways to Use Cake Mix

Cake Mix waffles

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
I love learning new ways to use cake mix in recipes and these cake mix waffles are a sweet treat and easy to do!


  • 1 box of cake mix batter made according to the package directions


  • Preheat waffle iron and spray with oil. Pour a thin layer of cake batter into waffle iron. Cook until done. The timer may not go off at the right point, as these tend to cook a little longer than traditional waffles. The cake waffles should come out easily like regular waffles. Make cupcakes with leftover cake mix batter.

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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10 comments on “Cake Mix Waffles”

  1. I’m having friends for dinner and since he is intolerable to any dairy, I was having trouble coming up with a dessert.  I thought about spice cake mix waffles and using my recipe for crockpot caramel apples as a topping.   Keeping my fingers crossed dessert comes together like I think it will.

  2. This is such a great idea. I want to try this myself since I love cake and waffles.

  3. I was thinking of these for waffle ice cream sandwiches, remembering Cathy’s post on mmm-yoso for Baked Bear. But a dessert plate like Daveo suggests sounds yummy.

    • Oooh, ice cream sandwiches. I like how you think! Dessert plate also sounds good. So many possibilities to explore!

  4. Are they crisp or crusty on the outside at all? Thinking this would be a nice way to make a pretty desert. A quarter of the waffle, scoop of ice cream and chocolate or caramel sauce over it.

    • They were pretty much soft. They were a little crispy initially but they lost the crispiness pretty fast. Still tasty though. And yes, a pile of them would make a nice dessert.

  5. I might have asked you before already, but which waffle maker do you use? I finally decided to get rid of my under-heating, soggy-waffle-producing waffle maker. Haha.

    • Hmm, good question. I need to actually go look. Lol. I’ll check later and let you know. I know it’s Belgium waffle maker but I can’t remember the brand.