Homemade Yellow Cake Mix From Scratch

If you’re not making your own homemade yellow cake mix, you should be! There are so many scrumptious dessert recipes that calls for “yellow cake mix” in the world. Cake mix makes dessert making so much more simple. But the list of ingredients in cake mix isn’t all that great, so I’ve avoided cake mix and recipes calling for cake mix for years.

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BUT not any more.

I was on the phone with my sister Julie, chatting about a certain beloved cake my mom makes (which calls for a box of cake mix) and how I’d love to make it because it has been forever-and-a-day since I have tasted it. Julie knows I don’t like to use pre-made cake mixes because all the artificial ingredients, blah, blah, blah, so she then she tells me “Laur! I have a recipe for homemade yellow cake mix!” and then she instantly emailed me her recipe.  She can’t remember the source of where she found it, but she has used it for many recipes and truthfully I don’t even care because THIS is genius.

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I love that it can be made a week or so in advance, if kept in the fridge, OR it can be frozen for a few months. Which means you can have cake mix at your fingertips.

Which translates to having cake at your fingertips… who doesn’t like the sound of that?

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To make this yellow cake mix, you’ll need some pretty basic pantry items: unbleached all purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and room temperature unsalted butter. See there’s no reason not to make your own cake mix, you probably have these things in your pantry already and plus you can pronounce all the ingredients! Bonus!

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Start by measuring and leveling the all purpose flour.

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You’ll need 2 and 1/2 cups.

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Measure and pour in 1 and 1/2 cups of sugar.

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1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder.

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And 1 teaspoon kosher salt.

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Stir to combine…

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Drop in 4 tablespoons or 1/2 of a stick of room temp unsalted butter.

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Use a pastry blender to work the butter into the flour and sugar.

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Until the butter basically disappears into the dry ingredients.

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Next, pour the cake mix into a container with a tight-fitting lid. Then store in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks. Or store in the freezer for 2 to 4 months (maybe more!). You’ll just want to pull it out 25 to 30 minutes before you use it in a recipe.

Here’s my recipe for a yellow cake PLUS I’ll be sharing a melt-in-your-mouth cake recipe featuring this homemade yellow cake mix as well!

Happy Baking!

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My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance! 

Yield: 4-1/2 cups cake mix (weighing 1lb 13 ounces) or 1 box

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
No more store bought cake mixes for you! Use this in any recipe calling for yellow cake mix!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2-1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup or 1/2 stick) softened unsalted butter


  1. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add in the butter and use a pastry cutter to blend the butter into the dry ingredients.
  2. Store in a container with a tight fitting lid in the fridge for a couple weeks or in the freezer for two to 4 months.
  3. Use in replace of store-bought yellow cake mix.
  4. Follow this recipe to make a yellow cake.

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31 Responses to “Homemade Yellow Cake Mix From Scratch”

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    stacey — May 13, 2015 at 8:05 am

    This makes me so happy! I am totally a fan of making my own cake mix!!!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 13th, 2015 @ 12:54 pm

      I’m so glad Stacey! šŸ™‚

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    Tami — May 13, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Sounds wonderful! My question though is what do you add to it to make it in to an actual cake? As is works well for dump cakes and the like but would love to use it to make layer cakes. Thanks!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 13th, 2015 @ 12:54 pm

      Hi Tami! I have plans to share the recipe for a homemade yellow cake soon! So stay tuned! šŸ™‚

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    ali grace | cookies and grace — May 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Hooray! I’m always looking for a way around the box as well. Thank you for sharing!!

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    Vicky — May 13, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    waiting for the rest of the recipe.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 14th, 2015 @ 10:09 pm

      It’s coming tomorrow Vicky! Thanks for being patient šŸ™‚

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    Eron — May 14, 2015 at 1:18 am

    As always, I love the photos on your post. Thanks for sharing your “outside the box” mix.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 14th, 2015 @ 10:07 pm

      Thank you Eron! šŸ™‚

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    Carolyn — May 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Why couldn’t you make this mix up minus the butter and put in jars or bags and vacuum seal and take out when needed and add the butter if using in a recipe that calls for a yellow cake mix or if wanting to make a cake add the butter and other ingredients for a cake (eggs, milk??)

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 15th, 2015 @ 12:12 am

      I don’t see a reason why you couldn’t Carolyn! šŸ™‚

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    Vicki — May 14, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    So how much of the mix do you use? What other ingredients are needed for the cake, ie eggs, milk, oil?? Kinda need that info.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 14th, 2015 @ 10:07 pm

      Yes! I agree! I’m actually posting the cake recipe tomorrow, so stay tuned šŸ™‚

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    Vicki — May 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Add 1 1/4 C Water and 2 eggs to make the cake. Found it on her site!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 14th, 2015 @ 10:08 pm

      Actually this cake recipe is different from the cupcake post on this site šŸ™‚

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    Cathleen Kramer — May 14, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Laurie,
    WHile i love this idea, the reason I am contacting you is….I see your last name is Mc Namara. That is my Maiden name!! šŸ™‚ I wonder if we are some how related!!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — May 15th, 2015 @ 12:13 am

      Ha! That’s awesome! It’s always a possibility! šŸ™‚

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    Amy — May 15, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    So happy you used AP flour! I was scrolling down your blog with the side-eye that you’d make me go buy cake flour. Then I got to the measuring pic and see “all purpose”! Woot! Definitely giving this a try v. soon!

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    Linda — May 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    I wonder how much cocoa/sugar you would need to make your own ‘chocolate cake mix”???? hmmm I bet that you will come up with that next!!!!

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    Rach — September 27, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Laurie,
    This recipe worked perfectly! My recipe called for a box of yellow cake mix, which I didn’t have on hand – discovered this after my bundt pan was greased and floured. Bundt cake was spot on! I’ll be using this recipe from now on. Thanks.

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    Kimberly Green — October 9, 2015 at 9:48 am

    What do you add into the mix to make it into cake batter?

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    Emma — October 26, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    OMG!!! this recipe is the best! I made a cake using your cake recipe with this mix for a party and everyone loved it! Thank you so much!

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    Meg — December 24, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    If my recipe calls for 18.25oz cake mix do I use one recipe of this or should I measure out the 18.25?

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    Monica — February 21, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Hallelujah! Thank you so much! I too prefer to make things from scratch rather than use “ingredients” from boxes/jars. I have amazing recipes that call for “yellow cake mix”, but I prefer to have everything I make have real ingredients (not a bunch of things I can’t pronounce). So, this is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks again!

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    Ana — February 27, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Made this cake today and we love it! It tastes like pancakes which is a very good thing. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Michelle — May 22, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Do you have to use grape seed oil or would most other oils do…for instance coconut oil or vegetable oil?

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    Joseph Dier — June 12, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Do I use the whole cake mix for one recipe that calls for yellow cake mix?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 12th, 2016 @ 9:04 am

      Hi Joseph! Yes, you sure can!

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    Renee Kinzel — September 7, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    I own your cookbook (awesome), but didn’t see this recipe in it. It is exactly what I need! Thanks!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 8th, 2017 @ 7:39 am

      Thank you for purchasing a cookbook, Renee! I hope you enjoy this recipe šŸ™‚

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