Homemade Cake Mix

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  • Boxed cake mix is easy to buy, but also super easy to make at home. Use it in a pinch when a recipes calls for cake mix, when you need to bake emergency cupcakes (totally a thing) or give as a homemade DIY cake mix gift.

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    How to Make Homemade Cake Mix

    It is simple! Combine these pantry staples and you’ll have cake mix.

    ingredients for homemade cake mix
    • Flour
    • Sugar
    • Baking Powder
    • Baking Soda
    • Fine Sea Salt

    You can simply whisk it together or if you want the super fine texture you’d get from store bought mix, throw it into a food processor or sift it two times.

    dry cake ingredients in a mixing bowl

    If you use a food processor, word to the wise, allow it to sit for a few minutes before opening the lid. Otherwise you’ll have a cake mix bomb and you’ll be covered in homemade mix.

    How to Make a Cake

    Then if you want to make a cake, or cupcakes, you only need another handful of kitchen items.

    • Milk or buttermilk– whole milk works best, butter adds extra moisture.
    • Vegetable oil– any neutral oil works.
    • Eggs – for yellow cake, use 2 whole eggs, for white cake, use 4 egg whites.
    • Flavored Extract– vanilla is always the most popular, but almond, lemon peppermint, butter, coffee or any other flavoring works too! For a white cake, use any clear extract.

    Combine all wet and dry ingredients, then decide if you want to make a cake or cupcakes. This recipe makes the equivalent of one 15 ounce box cake mix.

    overhead of cake mix in a mason jar and measuring cup

    For a cake, use a 9×13 cake pan or two 8 or 9 inch circular pans. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.

    For cupcakes, you can make 18 larger cupcakes or 24 smaller. Use cupcake liners and then bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until they pass the toothpick test.

    slice of chocolate cake on a white plate

    White Cake vs Yellow Cake

    The ingredients in the mix are the same. The difference is whether you use egg yolks or pure vanilla extract versus clear vanilla flavoring.

    White cake mix is best for colored cakes that need food coloring because the yellow in yolks can throw off colors.

    blue jar of DIY cake mix

    However, yolks add moisture and richness, so if you are just baking a cake, yellow is often preferred.

    • White– Egg whites only and clear flavoring/extract.
    • Yellow– Whole eggs and any extract/flavoring you want.


    As with any boxed cake mix, there are many ways to put your stamp on it.

    • Chocolate– Make it chocolate by adding 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder.
    • Chips– add 1/2 cup chocolate, butterscotch or peanut butter chips to the batter.
    • Use Flavors– Vanilla is so… vanilla. Shop the extract section and find some flavors!
    • Coffee – add 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder.
    • Poke It- Make lots of holes and smother it with simple syrup or warm pudding.
    • Frosting– Buttercream, cream cheese or even a whipped cream frosting.

    Check out all of our boxed cake mix hacks. Remember, cake mix can be used for so much more than just cake. Check out Chocolate Dunkaroo Dip, Funfetti Cake Batter Dip or even Cake Mix Cookies.

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    close up of homemade dry cake mix


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    Homemade Cake Mix

    Simple, white or yellow cake mix. Give as a gift or store in the pantry. Instructions for making cake, cupcakes or fun variations included!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Total Time5 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: homemade cake mix
    Servings: 1 Equivalent to one 15 ounce box cake mix
    Calories: 1154kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • In a medium bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
    • Store in a cool, dry place in a jar with lid or airtight container for up to 6 months.


    To make cake or cupcakes:
    • ½ cup milk or buttermilk
    • ½ cup vegetable oil
    • 2 large eggs, room temperature
    • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
    1. Combine cake mix and wet ingredients until well combined. Do not overmix.
    2. Pour batter into greased 13×9 pan or divide into 18-24 cupcake liners.
    3. Bake cake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.
    4. Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until they pass the toothpick test.
    5. Cool, frost and decorate.


    Calories: 1154kcal | Carbohydrates: 272g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1719mg | Potassium: 672mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 150g | Calcium: 240mg | Iron: 8mg

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