cake mix muffins

I must be the only person on the planet that did not know this. Cake mixes make wonderful last minute muffins. You all know this already right? I feel like an idiot. Rarely do I buy cake mixes, but when I made the cake pops I got an extra box just in case (don't all the foodies always get an extra this or that to store/hoard?). So when the cake mix box meets the 3 pounds of blueberries I have sitting err rotting away in my fridge I said why not? Let's give this a go. And I added on some crumb topping too.
These were definitely quick and easy to make, but a little too sweet for me. Cake mix was very sweet when mixed with the blueberries and crumb topping. But the overhang edges, or the muffin tops were good. Crispy edges are the best part! I always overfill my muffins tins just for the crispy edges--I'm badass like that.
But if you ever need a last minute muffin and have very little time, these will come in handy. But you already knew that....

cake mix blueberry muffins w/ crumb topping
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muffin batter:
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 pint of blueberries

crumb topping:
1 cups flour
1 cups packed light brown sugar
½ teaspoons coarse salt
½ TB ground cinnamon
1 stick unsalted butter, melted & cooled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease up jumbo muffin trays (mine got 12 jumbo).
In a bowl mix all the ingredients for the crumb topping, set aside.
Mix up the cake batter according to box directions. Fold in the blueberries carefully.
Fill up the muffin cups about ¾ full, sprinkle on the crumb topping.
Bake for about 30-40 minutes? Can’t remember but check them at the 30 minute mark.
I got 12 oversized muffins. I would imagine about 24 regular size?


  1. Yum! The crispy edges and topping really make the muffins.

  2. you're not alone! i didn't know this either. trying it!

  3. First off- love your header picture. Makes me hungry :) And these look fantastic- especially with the crumb topping. Since they're a little on the sweet side- I think they'd be perfect for a Sunday brunch, don't you??

  4. I want you to send me a bunch of tops only.

  5. News to me! And I store/hoard ingredients.. currently in my pantry: 3x shortening, 5x Earth Balance, 2x vanilla extract, 4x chocolate chips - it's a really terrible thing. My boyfriend always tells me I have a problem, but he doesn't realize I have nightmares about running out of things mid-recipe.

  6. i love any excuse to buy a box mix!

  7. I love you for your Bad ass-ness!
    Oh and I am a total food hoarder. But that is the ONLY thing I hoard..I CANT STAND clutter

  8. Wow those look great! I'd never expect those muffins to look like that from a boxed cake mix.

    PS: What cookie is that in your header?? That chocolate glob is mesmerizing!

  9. Serendipity, I guess. I made some carrot cake muffins for the kids yesterday, pure box mix. I didn`t have anything on hand to punch it up. Would making an apple crisp using packages of maple and brown sugar Quaker oats count as improving? LOL It was pretty good, I have to say.

  10. All food bloggers are hoarders. Totally totally totally. And if they say they're not. They're lying.

    Those crispy edges are the best!

  11. OMG, these look AWESOME!! Must try! Thanks for the recipe :)

    Yep, I hoard. Always buy an extra. Let me tell you, when cake mixes are on sale, I buy 10 to 20 boxes. Looks a little insane when checking out, but if you make a lot of cake pops, etc. then saving $$ when you can is a good thing ;)

    Love your blog!

  12. Nipe, I didn't know this either. They sure do look tempting!!

  13. I definitely have "emergency" cake mix and brownie mix at all times. I always worry that whatever baked good I promise to bring somewhere will be a colossal failure and I'll have to resort to it!

  14. I think I just died a little... first your header (yummmmm) and second with this post (yummmmm). I really need to learn to cook... I mean really. This all looks fabulous!! How did you get into cooking? I've been trying to trick myself into for years and it seems to not be working out very well. My poor husband!

    Hope you have a wonderful day!

    That Girl in Pearls

  15. Mmm, look at the lip on those muffin tops! I love using cake mix to whip up great recipes!


  17. Look at you, making a box all fancy and stuff. I love this!

  18. I never thought to make muffins with cake mix, so you're not the only one!

  19. A good quick idea but I would worry about the sweetness you mentioned

  20. News to me but, love the tip!

  21. you are not the only one! Great idea.

  22. Wow thanks ~ thats good to know in case I ever have a muffin emergency! I usually always keep a box of cake mix in the pantry just in case. Love your badassness!

  23. I've got a box in my cupboard but I didn't know you could make delicious muffins with it. They look scrumptious!

  24. I didn't know this....

    Now I can't wait for those cake mixes to go on sale and stock up!

  25. Wow, those look like DARN good muffins. I didn't know you go make muffins from a cake mix, but I did know that you can make some excellent brownies (or blondies) from cake mix! Some of the chewiest, gooiest brownies you'll ever have too...

    So that's got me thinking - what CAN'T you make with cake mix?

  26. mm mmm mmmmm

    that's all i can say



  27. We have to be hoarders. Nothing worse than having to run to the store when you want to bake something. Maybe you could cut the sweetness if the crumb topping was made with part of the cake mix, butter, cinnamon plus oats. Just a thought.

  28. I think I knew it? Maybe not? But now I do and will always remember...

    Loving your crispy edges and crumbly top. Your muffins look awesome. Love last minute shortcuts.

  29. a crumb topping can make any muffin worth eating as far as i'm concerned. the fact that these are also super easy and quick is icing on the cake. drool.

  30. Muffin tops. Just bought my new pan and I am going to mke a gluten free muffin tops


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