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Breakfast made easy – these muffins start with a cake mix, which makes for an easy morning!

Cheater Blueberry Muffins | Taste and Tell

Do you remember when you were a kid and time seemed to stand still? You’d start counting down days until Christmas in August, and it would seem like an eternity until December finally came around. And then each day would drag on, all while you just wanted Christmas to hurry up and get here.

Why does that change when we get older? Now I wish I could get time to stand still. I can’t believe that it is already December – where has the year gone? I still have my Thanksgiving decorations up, and a girl at the doctor’s office yesterday reminded me that Christmas is only 3 weeks from tomorrow. I need to get on it!!

Not only am I not prepared for Christmas – I still haven’t bought one gift yet – but the end of the year and the end of my Cookbook Project is coming. I only have a handful of cookbooks left to cook from, and I am determined to complete this project. My list hasn’t been updated, so I need to do that too, but I will be bringing you some cookbook recipes here in the next couple of weeks – and my one and only goal for 2008 will be complete!!

This recipe comes from a cookbook I received from my mom several years ago. I know a lot of you are against the whole cake-mix thing, but if you are in a hurry, this cookbook actually lets you get creative with a cake mix. I made some cookies from this cookbook a few months ago which were actually quite delicious and tasted nothing like a cake mix. But then my husband ate them all before I could take pictures, so I had to find another recipe to make. These muffins weren’t quite as good as the cookies, but they still made a quick breakfast. I’m thinking of starting some sort of rating system here on my blog, since I blog to talk about recipes I’ve tried, and not necessarily just recipes that I love. (We’ll see – maybe some changes in the new year??) But if I were to rate these, I’d give them a B-. Good enough to eat, but not good enough to brag about. They didn’t turn out as moist as I thought they would, which surprised me, because usually cake mixes are pretty moist. Maybe I baked them too long… Regardless, another cookbook has been completed, and only a few more to go!!

Cheater Blueberry Muffins
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Breakfast made easy - these muffins start with a cake mix, which makes for an easy morning!
Serves: 18 muffins
  • 1 pkg lemon cake mix
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1½ cups frozen blueberries
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Grease or line 18 muffin tins.
  2. In a bowl, combine the came mix, flour and baking powder. Stir to blend. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk and oil. Add dry ingredients, stirring just until blended. Fold in the blueberries.
  3. Spoon batter into prepared cups. Bake for 17 to 23 minutes, or until set and golden.

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24 Responses to Cheater Blueberry Muffins

  1. kat says:

    This year really did fly so fast!!

  2. Maria says:

    Sometimes it is ok to cheat:) This year did fly. It was a good one though!

  3. kristina says:

    I only just discovered your blog and am so enjoying it. Your cookbook project is brilliant. I think I may need to borrow your idea for the coming year πŸ™‚ Like you I honestly don’t know where this year has gone! K x

  4. glamah16 says:

    I am not above using a cake mix now and then. The key is to doctor it up like you have. This year really is flying. Im impressed with your almost completion of the cookbook project.

  5. Jenn says:

    I agree that time goes way too fast anymore. I am having a hard time believing it is December already!

    Those muffins are so cute and the recipe sounds really good!

  6. Mary says:

    This could really work! It’s great to have a recipe like this on hand during such a busy season. The world won’t end because we use a cake mix or can of soup.

  7. Megan says:

    A cake mix is not cheating! it’s just helping. The time does fly as we get older and I dont like it.
    I just started a cookbook project and must of got the idea from you subconciously. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the idea. LOL

  8. Peabody says:

    It is a cruel twist, just like how you can’t wait to be older when you are a kid and when you are older you wish you were young again. Ah, irony.
    I wont tell any one you used a box.

  9. Emily says:

    Thanks for the honest review. I think I’d enjoy them, though.

    I like the idea of the rating system.

  10. Bellini Valli says:

    I hope you accomplish your goal!!!!

  11. AnticiPlate says:

    I love blueberries and lemon. Delicious faker:)

  12. Ning says:

    When I use a cake mix, (see? you’re not the only one using them πŸ™‚ I usually do not add flour anymore. Maybe that’s why the muffins are not moist. But I am sure they are tasty with the amount of blueberries you added in! I hope you accomplish your goal for this year! πŸ™‚

  13. Rosie says:

    This year has flown by so quickly and as a child like you say time stood still wanting Christmas to be here.

    It’s ok to cheat ~ here in the U.K. even Delia has a book out on how to cheat.

    Rosie x

  14. Mary says:

    These muffins look delicious! The nice thing about a box is that it gives the same nice solid results every time.

  15. Grace says:

    yeah, it hardly seems fair to give a cake-mix recipe an a+. πŸ™‚
    meanwhile, i bought my first christmas present today–hooray for getting things rolling! πŸ™‚

  16. Chocolate Shavings says:

    It’s sometimes good to make things that don’t turn out as good as we have thought so you can think about how to make them better. They look delicious nontheless.

  17. Debbie says:

    I love baking from scratch but I also love to doctor up a cake mix. It is a lot of fun….

  18. Maria says:

    It is totally fine to cheat, sometimes we all want an easy life. These muffins are perfect and look delish.


  19. Jenny says:

    I love your cheater muffins, they look perfect! It’s always nice to have short cuts!

  20. Mommy's Kitchen says:

    This year has flown by and those muffins look so good. A lemon cake mix who would of known. I just found your blog and I love it.

  21. Kristen says:

    Hey dear, you do have an excuse this year! You are a little busy making a human πŸ™‚
    Just wait until your wee one is born… time flies by even faster. It is insane.

  22. Dawn says:

    I haven’t bought one gift yet either! I just can’t get in the mood for it.
    The thought of going to a mall scares me! I think I’ll do a lot of gift certificates this year and order them online. Everyone likes those right? I hope.

  23. noble pig says:

    With a family and a life full of things to accomplish, you have to cheat sometime. These sound awesome!

  24. Sophie says:

    πŸ™‚ sometimes I have to tell my hubby not to eat anything before I take pictures! I know exactly what you mean about time flying by, sometimes I just feel like I can’t enjoy the holiday season as much as I did when I was a kiddo precisely because it does fly by so quickly!

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