Recipe: Cake Batter Waffles

updated May 12, 2022
Cake Batter Waffles
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Like many things in life, our breakfast choices are all about balance and moderation. Most days we stick with our smoothies, yogurt, and avocado toast, but every once in a while we all deserve something a little special — like cake for breakfast.

Whoever says cake for breakfast is unacceptable clearly hasn’t been introduced to cake batter waffles. They’re the happy collision of breakfast and dessert on one plate, and prove that cake mix has an occasional place in your morning meal — one that’s best served with a soft pat of butter and plenty of maple syrup.

(Image credit: Jenny Huang)

I’m a yellow cake kinda gal, but perhaps you prefer vanilla, dark chocolate, or red velvet. Bring that into your waffles. There’s no limit to how you can flavor them, so pick your favorite cake mix and get started.

Cake Batter Waffles

Serves 4

Nutritional Info


  • 1

    (15-ounce) box yellow cake mix

  • 1 cup


  • 1/2 cup

    canola or vegetable oil

  • 3


  • 1 teaspoon

    vanilla extract

  • Cooking spray, for the waffle iron


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla, and mix together until everything is just combined.

  2. Make the waffles according to your waffle maker's instructions, cooking until the waffles are golden-brown. Cook time will vary between waffle makers, but it is typically 4 to 6 minutes.