Super Easy & Convenient Homemade Cake Mix Recipe

This easy homemade cake mix recipe is the perfect way to have freshly baked homemade cake at a moment’s notice or to give as a gift to someone you love.

It is as easy as making boxed cake mix, but much more delicious! In fact, it takes less time to whip up this easy homemade cake mix recipe than it does to run to the store.

Homemade Cake Mix finished in a mason jar shown with sprinkles and a baked sheet cake with a slice cut out.
Making homemade cake mix is an easy way to ensure you always have cake mix in the pantry!

WHAT IS Homemade CAKE MIX MADE OF?

When you buy a boxed cake mix, all the dry ingredients you need are included. But since cake mix is made from the most basic pantry ingredients, you probably already have everything you need to make your own cake mix to use whenever you want.

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Measure your dry ingredients ahead of time to make sure that you have enough of everything.

HOW TO MAKE Easy HOMEMADE CAKE MIX Recipe

My grandma used to make everything from scratch. As a kid, it was magical, watching her bake up a storm of delicious treats. As I grew older, I envied her kitchen skills and wished I had the time to learn.

This homemade cake mix recipe proves that cooking from scratch doesn’t have to be time consuming.

Preparing baking mixes ahead of time, like this DIY cake mix, homemade pancake mix, and homemade Bisquick mix, saves you time in the kitchen, and it’s a healthier, convenient way to bake and achieves that desired homemade taste! This recipe contains affiliate links.

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If you are making the cake mix ahead of time to store it, keep the wet ingredients separate.

Dry Ingredients For This Homemade Cake Mix Recipe

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

How to Make Cake Mix Ahead of Time

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Start with the dry ingredients for the cake mix. 

STEP 1

In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients.

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Be sure to use an airtight container to store your DIY cake mix, to keep it as fresh as possible.

STEP 2

Store in jar with lid or airtight container. We like using a mason jar because it fits well in the pantry, looks great when you give it as a gift and is just an easy way to recycle those canning jars.

How to MAKE CAKE OR CUPCAKES WITH HOMEMADE CAKE MIX

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This homemade cake mix recipe makes it so easy to bake a last-minute cake without having to run to the store!

OK! We now have our own cake mix so it is time to make the cake batter. If you are giving this as a gift, add a list of the needed wet ingredients and steps. Let’s get out a big bowl to make cake!

Wet Ingredients – Homemade Cake Mix

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

Make Cake

STEP 1

In a large bowl, combine dry mix and wet ingredients until well combined. If you are using a hand mixer, start on a low speed and work up to a medium speed as the simple ingredients combine.

STEP 2

Pour batter into greased 13×9 pan or divide into cupcake liners.

STEP 3

Bake cake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

STEP 4

Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the
center comes out clean.

STEP 5

Cool completely and frost as desired.

Notes:

The egg yolks will change the color of the cake. If you’re okay with a yellow cake, add the yolk along with the whole eggs. Only egg whites are needed for a white cake.

Don’t want homemade vanilla cake mix? Add almond extract or butter extract to your cake batter instead. This made from scratch cake is yours to make exciting!

Want a super moist cake? Try adding sour cream to your cake! The high fat content will keep it moist and fluffy. Most people suggest at least 1 cup, but you can always play around with it until you’re happy with the ratio.

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Homemade cake mix is the cutest housewarming gift! It would also be nice in a bridal shower or holiday gift basket. Just package the jar (with a recipe card attached), an apron, mixing bowls, potholders, a whisk, cake pans, and cake decorating supplies.

HOW DO I MAKE GLUTEN FREE HOMEMADE CAKE MIX?

There are quite a few gluten free cake mix options in the stores, but they are so expensive! The best thing about DIY cake mixes, is that it’s much cheaper to make your own, and you can easily tailor the mix to fit your dietary needs.

In order to make this cake mix recipe gluten free, replace regular all-purpose flour with gluten free all-purpose flour, and double check that your baking powder and your other dry ingredients are gluten free. 

That’s it! You can also double check that your vanilla extract is gluten free, as well. 

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You can still get your cake fix if you have an egg allergy!

HOW DO I MAKE EGG FREE CAKES?

You can buy an egg replacement from the grocery store or Amazon, but it’s more cost effective to just make your own! 

Mix 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder for “one egg”. I tend to prefer this “applesauce egg” for baking and making pancakes and waffles. 

Or, combine 1 tablespoon of flaxseed meal with 2 1/2 to 3 tablespoons of water to create “one egg”. 

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I used to spend a lot of money buying vegan cakes, until I learned how simple it is to make vegan and dairy-free cake mix.

VEGAN AND DAIRY FREE CAKE MIX 

If you want vegan and dairy free cake mix you need to replace the eggs and dairy products.

Use the egg substitutes indicated above, instead of eggs.

Replace normal butter with a vegan butter (you can find this at almost any grocery store). 

Yield: 1 cake or 18-24 cupcakes

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You will never want to buy homemade cake mix again now that you can male your own!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 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 Homemade Cake Mix:

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


    To Make a Cake or Cupcakes:

    1. Combine cake mix and wet ingredients until well combined.
    2. Pour batter into greased 13x9 pan or divide into cupcake liners.
    3. Bake cake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center
      comes out clean.
    4. Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the
      center comes out clean.
    5. Cool completely and frost as desired.

EASY Cake RECIPES FOR KIDS TO MAKE  

Some of the best memories I have of my daughter were made in the kitchen! Kids are naturally curious and excellent kitchen helpers. Here are a few of our favorite cake recipes to make together.

Related: We have cake coloring pages and cupcake coloring pages you don’t want to miss!

What are you going to do with your homemade cake mix recipe? Make freshly baked homemade cake? Give the cake mix as a gift?

3 Comments

  1. Why do you talk about replacing butter to make it a vegan recipe when there is no butter in the list of ingredients?
    You also mention using just the egg whites if we want a white cake. Would that be only 2 egg whites?
    And you mention adding sour cream. Is that in addition to all the other ingredients listed, or is it supposed to replace something?

  2. Cheryl Howard says:

    How would you make this a chocolate cake mix?

  3. I have the exact same questions as Liz regarding sour cream and egg whites. Anxiously waiting to hear your reply. ?

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