Easy Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

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This homemade yellow cake mix tastes better than any store-bought mix! Using real food ingredients from the pantry, making this recipe from scratch is easy!

Homemade yellow cake mix has ONLY 4 ingredients; flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Have you ever found a recipe that called for “just 4 ingredients”. There’s no reason not to make your own cake mix, you probably have these things in your fridge and pantry already. Plus you can pronounce all of these ingredients. Homemade yellow cake mix is: Free from hydrogenated oils, Easy to make! Healthier than store-bought. AND Gluten-free adaptable. There are so many scrumptious dessert recipes that call for “yellow cake mix” in the world. Cake mix makes dessert-making so much more simple.

Let’s dive into how to make this super easy yellow cake mix and then turn it into a yummy cake!!

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What is Yellow Cake Mix Made of

All-purpose flour or Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free 1-to-1 Baking Flour
granulated sugar
baking powder

If you want to make this gluten free, be sure to try out Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free 1-to-1 Baking Flour.

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix Recipe

2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Step 1. Measure out the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Step 2. Layer in a mason jar.

That’s it! This recipe makes the equivalent of one 18.25 oz box of yellow cake mix.

The recipe is written to be stored. You prepare the dry ingredients, label, and store it in your pantry. When you are ready to bake the yellow cake, remove from your pantry and add the wet ingredients. It is a great option if you have a few extra minutes the week before a birthday or special occasion! Not only can making your own cake mixes save you time, but they taste amazing and are real, natural ingredients!

How to Make a cake with Our Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

1 batch of homemade yellow cake mix (recipe above)
8 Tbsp butter, softened
2 Tbsp coconut oil, soft
1 1/4 cups milk
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3 eggs

To Make
Step 1. In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment in the large bowl, beat the butter and coconut oil on medium for 2 minutes.

Step 2. Add the dry ingredients (homemade yellow cake mix) and mix on low until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

Step 3. Add the remaining ingredients and mix on low until all the ingredients are incorporated well, about 30 seconds.

Step 4. Butter and flour your cake pan(s) and bake at 350F.

9″x13″ glass pan, bake 25-30 minutes
9″ round pan, bake 20-25 minutes
For cupcakes, bake 12-15 minutes
For a bundt pan bake 40-45 minutes

Note: The cake is done when a toothpick or butter knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool  completely before adding vanilla or chocolate frosting (or your favorite cake topping).

Frequently Asked Questions

What flavor is yellow cake mix?
Yellow cake refers to the flavor of a vanilla custard (this is the classic French way of making ice cream from cream and egg yolks). This flavor mimics the custard taste by including the egg yolks.

What is the difference between white cake mix and yellow cake mix?
The difference between white cake mix and yellow cake mix is in the wet ingredients: eggs. White cakes use only the egg whites. However, yellow cakes have the whole egg and the yolk, which gives it that custard flavor and color

What can I add to the yellow cake mix?
You can get creative with different mix-ins, including dried fruit, chocolate chips, unsweetened shredded coconut, fresh berries, or chopped nuts!

You can use this yellow cake mix recipe to make an easy cake recipe! Our favorite is to add a box of pistachio jello and make Monster Cake.

We also love giving this as a gift during the holidays. Check out our 5 Homemade Mason Jar gifts that are perfect for teachers and last minutes gifts. 

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