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This week instead of a full recipe I’d like to share a cake hack with you. A cake hack is just transforming a plain box cake mix to a totally different cake without making it from scratch. This is my favorite cake hack and I hope you enjoy it too!


Yellow Cake with Fruit

1 box yellow cake mix and ingredients listed on box to make cake

1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon (optional)

1/2 stick butter, melted

1 cup light brown sugar

2 cups sliced peaches, thinly sliced apples, blueberries, etc.

cinnamon and sugar to sprinkle on top of cake mixture (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 9×13 baking dish melt butter in preheating oven. When butter is melted remove dish from oven and sprinkle brown sugar over the butter (mix in if needed). Next put fruit evenly over top of brown sugar/butter mixture. In a large bowl mix cake mix with ingredients listed on box and stir in cinnamon if using. Pour cake batter over top of fruit.  Sprinkle batter with cinnamon/sugar before baking.  Bake for 35 minutes, according to box time, or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

*If using frozen fruit I always thaw fruit and drain well before putting it in the baking dish.