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How to Make Pie Crust from Cake Mix

Are you a pie baker? It seems that many bakers have a specialty, perhaps cake decorating or cookie baking. I enjoy baking pies but don’t take the time to make them except on the holidays.

While I love the traditional pie crust, and even graham cracker crust, during a recent to Duncan Hines headquarters I learned about a new pie crust made from a cake mix. It’s super easy to make and taste really good too!

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The flavor combinations are endless. Today I’m using a yellow cake mix and paring it with pumpkin mousse for a Fall treat.

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Let me show you how easy it is to make this cake mix pie crust…

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To make the Cake Mix Pie Crust you will need a cake mix, 1 whole egg, 3 egg yolks and 1 tablespoon butter.

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Sift cake mix: This step is not totally necessary, but I have found it helps a lot in combining the cake mix. I actually sift every cake mix I use, even when I’m baking cupcakes.

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Ingredients: Add the eggs and butter

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Combine: Mix the pie crust until the mixture begins to stick together.

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Knead: Turn the mixture onto the counter and gently knead until all the ingredients are combined. You can now wrap it in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to chill or use right away. It’s best to chill though. I chilled mine for about 15 minutes to make it easier to handle.

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Rolling: Sprinkle counter with a small pinch of flour and roll out pie crust. You can make small pies like I did this time, or divide dough in half and make 2 regular pie crusts.

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How to Make Pie Crust from Cake Mix

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 pies

How to Make Pie Crust from Cake Mix

Change the flavor of your pies by using a cake mix. Recipe from


  • Cake Mix - any flavor
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Turn dough out onto a slightly floured counter and knead until well combined
  3. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 15 minutes
  4. Divide in half and roll out dough
  5. Place in pie pan, prick bottom with fork
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes for full size pie
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes for mini pies


Pie crust to be used as an already baked pie shell

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Recipe from Chef Joe at Duncan Hines

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  1. Jacquie says:

    I love anything made with cake mix! This would be awesome with a certain snickers apple pie I’m planning to make on Thanksgiving!!

  2. Joan says:

    What a great idea! I’m going to have to try it.

  3. Cynthia says:

    Wow, this is really a great use for a cake mix. Can you tell me, however, if I bake it before I add the pie filling, and then bake it again, does it dry out or even burn. For example, apple pies take at least an hour to bake. Would you adjust for this or would you just use it for “non-bake” pies?

    Thanks much!

    • Liz says:

      Hi Cynthia, this crust is meant to be used with pre-baked pies. I did put it make in the oven for about 3 minutes to heat the meringue, but it did get darker. I would recommend pies like cheesecake or pudding filling.

    • Raine says:

      What a neat idea. I will try this with a gluten free boxed cake. I like the GF cakes, but can’t stand the GF pie crusts. Thank you

  4. Brittany says:

    It sounds like a lovely idea, but my family is not too keen on pie crusts, unless its the fun ones (chocolate, graham cracker.) Does this taste like old-fashioned crust, or more like the cake-mix you use?

  5. Mama says:

    Have you used other flavors like chocolate or strawberry?

  6. annette says:

    where can i find pumpkin spice instant pudding not in canada itried the states got it last year but never can find it now please lrt me know ….

    • Liz says:

      Hi Annette, most grocery stores should have the pumpkin spice pudding. If you can’t find it, you can use vanilla pudding and add 2-3 tablespoons of canned pumpkin.

  7. Kym says:

    Did you use a muffin pan for these?

  8. This is such a fun idea Liz – I love it!

  9. Bonny Lee says:

    I’ll bet a lemon crust would be good for a Lemon Meringue Pie, or a strawberry crust for a Fresh Strawberry Pie.

  10. Julie says:

    I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing a great idea :)

  11. bonita english says:

    can’t wait to try sounds wonderful

  12. chacha says:

    Now this is an AWESOME IDEA. One question tho how long do you bake these into muffin pans and will they go soft after filling or Im assuming they will need to be refrig. correct??????? TKS

  13. Dawn says:

    Great website!! Thank you! I can’t wait to try this with my gluten-free mix.

  14. Khadijah Cooper says:

    Can I do this with any type of cake(chocolate

  15. Roxie says:

    Is that butter cold? or room temp?

  16. Martha says:

    It should be good with a sugar free cake mix too

  17. kathy says:

    Wow! That cookie cutter is exactly like mine! I got mine from my mom who got it from hers. It’s an antique. I cherish mine.

  18. Alex says:

    Was wondering if you could fill it with pie ingredients and THEN bake it? Or would it become too soggy?


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