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Transform Passover Cake Mixes Into Extra Special Desserts In Minutes!

Rachel Kor March 27, 2023

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In case you couldn’t already tell, we love a good cooking or baking hack.

And what better time to have an amazing hack than for Passover, when we all feel so overwhelmed from the extensive preparations?

We’ve completely transformed classic Manischewitz cake mixes and turned them each into something extra special and delicious with just a few very simple ingredients.

Below are the incredible transformations you can enjoy.

Extra Moist Chocolate Cake Mix” > “Mini Chocolate Lava Cakes”
Red Velvet Cake Mix” > “Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins”
Extra Moist Coffee Cake Mix” > “Apple Crumble Cake“

For a non-gebrochts, gluten free option for those who need it, try using the Gefen Gluten Free Passover Cake Mixes.

Each transformation requires just a few extra simple ingredients and takes just a few minutes to make.

So when you find yourself in a rush (or even if you just want to make it easy on yourself this year), grab a box of Manischewitz cake mix and make one of these extra special treats for you and yours to enjoy this Passover.

Chocolate Lava Cakes

Yields: 4 lava cakes 

A warm and decadent dessert that is perfect after a long Seder. These are transformed by simply adding broken up chocolate to the batter.



1 box Manischewitz Extra Moist Chocolate Cake Mix

1/2 cup cold water

1 large egg

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Chocolate bar, broken into pieces

Powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)


1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Combine the cake mix ingredients according to package directions.

3. Grease ramekins and divide the cake batter among them. Gently press a piece of chocolate into the center of the lava cake.

4. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the sides of the cakes are firm but the centers are soft.

5. Garnish with powdered sugar, if desired. 

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Muffins

Yields: 10 muffins 

Red velvet cake is already delicious on its own, but with the addition of a cheesecake swirl, these are completely irresistible.

Cake Ingredients:

1 box Manischewitz Red Velvet Cake Mix

2 eggs

1/2 cup cold water, divided 

Cream Cheese Filling:

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature 

1 large egg yolk

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 


1. Preheat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Combine the ingredients for the cream cheese filling in a bowl and set aside.

3. Make the cake mix according to package directions.

4. Divide the batter up into greased or lined muffin tins. Add about 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture to each muffin. Gently swirl with a toothpick.

5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until an inserted wooden toothpick is clean. 

Apple Crumble Cake

Yields: Approximately 12 squares 

We used coffee cake mix as the base of this incredible apple crumb cake. Just the fragrance of warm apples and spices will win you over.


1 box Manischewitz Extra Moist Coffee Cake Mix

1/2 cup cold water

2 eggs

2 tablespoons vegetable oil 

Apple Filling:

3 Granny Smith apples, diced 

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract 


3/4 cup ground almonds

3/4 cup potato starch

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup oil


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Combine the dry ingredients for the crumb topping in a bowl. Add in the oil and mix with your fingers to form a crumble texture. Set aside. 

3. Grease an 8-inch square or 9×13-inch pan with baking spray or line with parchment paper. 

4. Make the cake mix according to package directions and pour into the prepared pan.

5. Combine the filling ingredients in a large bowl and sprinkle the apple mixture over the cake layer.

6. Top with crumble and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until the crumbs are golden.

7. Cool and cut into squares.

Photography and Recipe Development by Sara Goldstein