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This Homemade Cake Mix is easily made with items you already have in your pantry! Easy to put together and perfect to give as holiday gifts, this cake mix recipe is perfect for the next time you’re in the mood to bake a cake!

If you’ve been finding yourself with a need to bake over the last few months, I have just the thing – Homemade Cake Mix! This DIY cake mix is simple and easy and is a great recipe for a quick dessert.

One of the most popular posts here at All Things Mamma is my 10 Tricks To Make a Box Cake Mix Taste Homemade – and now I’m sharing just how easy it is to make your own cake mix at home! Because why buy a boxed cake mix when you can make your very own delicious cakes using simple ingredients?

piece of baked cake with chocolate frosting

The Easiest Cake Mix To Make At Home

This Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix is so easy to make and will store in your pantry for those days you want to put together a quick, delicious vanilla cake!

Move over Betty Crocker Cake Mix – All Things Mamma is comin’ for ya! I’m about to show you how to make this easy homemade cake mix recipe that results in the best made-from-scratch cake!

While this Homemade Cake Mix is perfect for a 13×9 cake, it can also be used anytime you have a recipe that calls for a recipe with cake mix – cake mix cookies, cake mix peach cobbler dump cake, or even cake mix brownies.

Seriously, it’s one of my favorite homemade mixes.

jar of cake mix

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix

So easy to make, you’ll wonder why you’ve never made cake mix homemade before!

To make a homemade dry vanilla cake mix, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • all-purpose flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • salt

Then, all you have to do is:

Make cake mix at home with this easy tutorial!

Step 1

In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients

Step 2

Store in a jar with a lid or airtight container.

jar of cake mix with steps

When you’re ready to bake a cake from the homemade cake mix you just made – here’s how!

Additional ingredients needed to bake a cake:

Wet Ingredients

  • milk or buttermilk
  • oil or butter
  • large eggs, room temperature
  • vanilla extract

I made the mix… now what?

  1. Combine cake mix and wet ingredients until well combined
  2. Pour batter into greased 13×9 pan or divide into cupcake liners
  3. Bake cake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  4. Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  5. Cool completely and frost as desired. (so good with homemade frosting!)

I believe the key to an amazing cake is frosting. You can’t go wrong with a delicious buttercream frosting – here’s my favorite buttercream frosting recipe that I’ve won awards for!

Ok, so maybe not actual awards, but I get A LOT of compliments for it!

bottle of cake mix

A great homemade gift idea for the holidays is to make several to keep on hand and give as gifts to the mailman, neighbors, teachers, and friends. You can even include a cute little tag to print out with the ingredients and instructions for baking later!

Tips for the Best Homemade Cake Mix

Following these simple tips will give your cake mix the best flavor and longest shelf life:

  • Use the freshest ingredients: Did you know that baking powder and baking soda can lose its effectiveness? It can! Be sure to make your cake mixes with newer ingredients for the best results!
  • Sifting dry ingredients together is always a great idea with homemade cake. Nobody likes a lumpy cake.
  • Store your cake mix in an airtight container, jar, or Ziploc bag.
  • When making your cake, be sure to use room temperature wet ingredients.

Cake Mix Add-Ins Variations:

Take your cake mix to the next level by adding a handful of goodness to your batter right before baking!

  • chocolate chips
  • nuts – walnuts, pecans, and almonds are good choices!
  • m&m’s
  • sprinkles

FAQS

How long does homemade cake mix last?

You can make this simple homemade cake mix and keep it stored for up 2 days in an airtight container. For best results, use immediately. (This is for the dry ingredient storage only – once you add in the wet ingredients, it needs to be stored in the fridge at that point)

Can you use this cake mix for other recipes?

You can! You can make a homemade yellow cake mix, homemade chocolate cake mix, or a homemade white cake mix. It’s great for cake and cupcakes in all flavors!

Can I make a layer cake instead of a single layer?

Absolutely. If you want to make a double-layer cake, make and double the recipe.

Can I make this chocolate instead?

It’s so easy to do! You can add in some cocoa powder and turn it into a chocolate cake easily.

What about frosting? AKA the most important part of the cake!

The frosting is where there is so much flavor! Add whatever frosting that you’d like to top your baked cakes or cupcakes!

Try this homemade cake mix the next time you have a recipe that calls for a box of cake mix or make multiple batches to have on hand for gift giving and when you’re in the mood for a delicious homemade cake! Great ready to use this for all your favorite desserts! Perfect for a special occasion and the best white cake mix recipe, ever.

Want more recipes using cake mix? Try these next!

Homemade Cake Mix

Homemade Cake Mix Recipe! You only need 5-ingredients to make this Homemade Cake Mix that you probably already have in your pantry!
3.32 from 35 votes
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 12
Prep Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients  

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • ½ cup milk or buttermilk
  • ½ cup oil vegetable or canola
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions 

To Make Cake Mix

  • In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients
  • Store in jar with lid or airtight container

To Make a 13×9 Cake or 24 Cupcakes

  • Combine cake mix and wet ingredients until well combined
  • Pour batter into greased 13×9 pan or divide into cupcake liners
  • Bake cake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Cool completely and frost as desired
  • You can't go wrong with a delicious buttercream frosting – here's my favorite buttercream frosting recipe

Notes

Following these simple tips will give your cake mix the best flavor and longest shelf life:
  • Use the freshest ingredients: Did you know that baking powder and baking soda can lose its effectiveness?  It can! Be sure to make your cake mixes with newer ingredients for the best results!
  • Sifting dry ingredients together is always a great idea with homemade cake. Nobody likes a lumpy cake.
  • Store your cake mix in an airtight container, jar, or ziploc bag.
  • When making your cake, be sure to use room temperature wet ingredients.

 

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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

Comments

  1. edward meawasige says:

    Great, delicious, needed to make several cake flavors, using other types of various add ons. Going to try a Christmas styles of cakes

  2. 5 stars
    This is the best recipe I’ve come across

  3. Amazing and delicious!
    This was so simple and I just needed a quick easy cake recipe that was good and this one was perfect.

  4. 2 stars
    It was fine, but not the best!🍰

      1. 5 stars
        Slap my cake, daddy!

  5. Can I use this cake mix to make a dump cake

  6. this really makes a 9×13 pan? Don’t seem like enough flour

    1. This 100% DOES NOT make a 13×9 cake. This volume would do a 8 round or a square. I am not an expert, but I know this is not enough to fill a 13×9 tray because I doubled the recipe intending on making a layer cake. I could tell early that the volume was not enough, and knew for sure when I poured, and then referenced some other recipes. thanks a lot internet. 😉

  7. Vanessa Yeni says:

    Good day. Do you have this recipe in grams instead of cups?

    1. Michelle - ATM Team says:

      Here is a cups to grams converter: https://www.convertunits.com/from/cups/to/grams. Hope this helps!

  8. Was awesome better than a box cake homemade the the best easy to do!!

    1. 5 stars
      This was very good easy to make loved it better than the box cake!!

      1. If I want to add canned raspberry pie filling to my box cake do I need to adjust any of the liquids!

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