two pieces of crack cake recipe on a white plate with strawberries

Crack Cake Recipe

  • Author: Elizabeth Waterson I Confessions of a Baking Queen
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 Hour
  • Yield: 12-16 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This Crack Cake recipe is easy and delicious. A yellow cake mix is doctored up, baked to golden brown perfection, and topped with a luscious wine glaze.




  • 15.25oz Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Small Box Instant Vanilla Pudding
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 50 Grams (1/4 Cup) Brown Sugar
  • 50 Grams (1/4 Cup) Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs, at room temperature
  • 6oz (3/4 Cup) Vegetable Oil
  • 6oz (3/4 Cup) Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 40z (1/2 Cup) White Wine


  • 4oz (1/2 Cup) Salted Butter
  • 200 Grams (1 Cup) Granulated Sugar
  • 2oz (1/4 Cup) White Wine
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F/180C and grease a 10-cup Bundt Pan, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment mix together all cake ingredients until smooth. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes, or until when you insert a toothpick in the center of the cake it comes out with no wet batter. Place cake on a wire rack to cool.


  1. Immediatley after cake is done in a small pot combine all glaze ingredients and cook over meidum heat for 3-4 minutes. Use a skewer or thin metal piece to poke holes all over the cake. Pour the glaze on top and let cake chill for 1 hour.


The alcohol in the wine is cooked out so you can serve it to anyone! 🙂

Recipe every so slightly adapted from: Cook Heavenly Recipes

Keywords: crack cake recipe, doctored up cake mix, cake mix recipe

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