Cake Mix Pudding

Quick side note: Google is ridiculous. Did you know if you search "cake mix pudding", every result is for cake mixes that contain pudding and recipes on how to add pudding mix to a cake you are baking? When I think of CAKE MIX PUDDING, I want a pudding that tastes like cake mix. If you're like me, you've arrived at the right place.

What's your favorite kind of cake? You can easily turn it into a delicious, no-bake pudding. Cake mix pudding! Just think of all the possibilities: Devil's Food pudding, Red Velvet pudding, Pumpkin pudding, Funfetti pudding, Strawberry pudding...

Here is a quick and easy and SO GOOD dessert recipe that can be made ahead of time for your 4th of July get together. This is a million times better than those boxed Jello Pudding mixes. Think of this as more of a thick custard - you'll actually be able to turn your spoon upside down without your cake mix pudding falling off!

(At least for a little while. I don't want to see any grouchy emails saying your pudding fell off the spoon after an hour.)


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You can go simple, throwing a handful of sprinkles on top or piling your pudding high with canned whipped cream. You can go fancy and elaborate, say with fresh chocolate shavings. Folding crushed Oreos into the finished cake mix pudding would be delicious too. 

You can use whatever cake mix you have on hand. Used a Devil's Food cake mix? How about folding in some maraschino cherries? Made your cake mix pudding with vanilla cake mix? Toasted shredded coconut would be a dreamy mix in. The options are endless.

I've made this with Duncan Hines Classic Yellow cake mix and with Betty Crocker Red Velvet cake mix. Both were good, but SN and I both preferred the Classic Yellow because it tasted exactly like birthday cake. I haven't tried this variation yet, but I bet Lemon cake mix would taste like lemon curd, especially if you squeezed in some fresh lemon juice.

Don't be an impatient fool, like me. (Every single time.) This cake mix pudding recipe requires you to get the mixture hot, hot, HOT. I've been known to impatiently eat spoonfuls of this before it cools, injure my mouth, and instantly regret it. Then I eat just one more scalding spoonful. 

You know how you can't feed your dog something hot because it will burn itself? With this hot cake mix pudding, you're going to understand that problem firsthand. 

Actually, no, you are not, because you surely have more self control and patience than this foolish blogger.

To make this cake mix pudding recipe, you'll need a Vitamix, Ninja, Blendtec, or other high-powered blender. Sorry, that $10 blender from Walmart isn't going to be able to handle this recipe. A quality food processor, such as the Breville Sous Chef (we love ours!), also works. 

A Magic Bullet blender can probably do the job, but you may need to reduce the quantity and modify the directions a little.

No fancy blender? No worries! You can still make the most popular recipe on my site of all time, my egg-free cake mix pancakes.

Cake Mix Pudding

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Cake Mix Pudding Recipe
Serves 6 or one sugar-addicted blogger and her husband
  • 16 oz very warm (but not boiling) milk (Feel free to use whatever kind you have on hand. I've even mixed 50% nonfat milk with 50% coconut milk to great results.)
  • 6 egg yolks (Feeling fancy? Save the egg whites to top your custards with meringue and torch them, Baked Alaska-style.)
  • 1/4 C white sugar
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 8 oz cake mix (Approximately 1/2 a box)
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch (Don't simply dump this in - see Step 3.)
Easy Peasy Instructions:

1. Throw all the ingredients except the cornstarch into your blender.

2. Blend, blend, blend! Set a timer for 6 minutes - after whirling around on High, the mixture will be steaming hot. While you wait, mix the cornstarch with 1/4 C cold water.

3. Reduce the blender speed. Remove the Lid Plug (steam should escape - if not, keep blending on high before moving on to this step) and slowly pour in the cornstarch/water mixture while the blender is running. Only add as much as you need - if you used something thick, like whole milk, you'll add less than if you used something watery, like skim milk.

4. Put the Lid Plug back on, return the speed to high, and blend for approximately another minute. Don't step away - the cake mix pudding becomes so thick that my Vitamix can't even blend it!

5. Transfer the hot pudding to the fridge or freezer to cool. 

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Happy 4th of July, bloggy friends!

Cake mix for breakfast? Check out my 2-ingredient Cake Mix Pancakes.