Chocolate Cake Mix

Homemade chocolate cake mix, my life is now complete.

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There used to be a time in my life where I actually thought the only way to make a cake was by opening a box. When I became obsessed with making my cakes from scratch, I didn’t know homemade cake mixes existed. It wasn’t until my sister Julie passed on her recipe for yellow cake mix that I decided to give this chocolate version a go. Winner-winner chocolate cake for dinner. šŸ˜‰

So long boxed mixes that contain chemicals and un-natural ingredients. There’s a new cake mix in town and it’s EASY!

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Last year when I shared my homemade yellow cake mix it was a hit! I had no idea so many people were looking for an alternative to buying boxed mixes. ALSO it’s pretty much the best yellow cake around, in my opinion.

And NOW we have a chocolate version! Same easy ingredients… just chocolate.


You will need thess 6 ingredients:

  • unbleached all purpose flour
  • sugar
  • natural cocoa powder
  • baking powder
  • kosher salt
  • unsalted butter


Measure out 2 cups of flour, 1-1/2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and place them into a large bowl. Be sure to style it super cool sand art form because that is a crucial step when making this cake mix.



Grab a whisk and combine.


Almost done. Seriously, do you see how easy this is?


Drop in 4 tablespoons of softened unsalted butter and use a pastry cutter to blend it into the dry ingredients.


Ta-DAH! Since this has butter in it, simply store in a glass or plastic container with a tight fitting lid in your refrigerator. Then you have homemade chocolate cake mix at your fingertips!


If you want to give homemade chocolate cake mix as a gift, omit the butter and store all the dry ingredients in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Write out the remaining ingredients (include the butter!) and then recipe instructions (start by creaming the butter, vanilla, eggs and adding the dry ingredients, water, oil etc.) out onto a note card and tie it around the jar with string.

For the recipe on how to make a chocolate cake using this chocolate cake mix, click here! And if you’re looking for a homemade yellow cake mix, check this recipe out!

Enjoy! And if you give this Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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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: equivalent to 1 box of cake mix

Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix

Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix
Say goodbye to store bought boxes of cake mix and hello to your new BFF, HOMEMADE chocolate cake mix!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder (like Hershey's)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons softened unsalted butter


In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Whisk to combine.

Use a pastry cutter to blend in the butter.

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Click here to use this mix to make a chocolate cake!

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11 Responses to “Chocolate Cake Mix”

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    Diana — September 16, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Love this idea!! How long would it last in the fridge in your opinion? Thank you!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — September 16th, 2016 @ 11:06 am

      Hi Diana! I would say 1-2 months, possibly longer. šŸ™‚

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    Nadia — January 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Is this recipe good to use instead of cake mix in this recipe: ?

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — January 25th, 2017 @ 11:00 am

      I would think so!

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    Paige — February 10, 2017 at 1:01 am

    What and how much ingredients would you put in when you’re ready to bake?

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    Kyle — January 6, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Absolute worst recipe ever online. So confusing. Doesnā€™t give proper measurements or durations for bake time etc. Honestly such a poor excuse for a ā€œthoroughā€ recipe. Horrible job all around. Looked amazing in picture but I feel catfished

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — January 6th, 2018 @ 10:34 pm

      Kyle, this is a cake mix recipe. I hope you didn’t eat it as is? The chocolate cake recipe is linked throughout the post, so if you want to use it to make a cake, you will need to follow the link to that recipe.

    • Rachel replied: — July 17th, 2018 @ 11:34 pm

      Kyle, link at bottom. Tells you how to bake it

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    Tammy Freemyer — July 12, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    Would it be possible to use almond or coconut flour to make it keto? I’d love to make this of so!
    Thank you!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — July 21st, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

      Hi Tammy! Without testing it I can’t give you an accurate answer. Sorry!

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