Homemade Cake Mix

Published Date: February 19, 2024

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Homemade Cake Mix is made with less than 5 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to prep! Store this Cake Mix in an air-tight container and use it whenever you need some cake in your life!

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In a world of convenience, where pre-packaged goods reign supreme, there’s something truly special about the homemade touch! When it comes to baking, nothing quite beats the satisfaction of baking a delicious cake from scratch.

But let’s face it, we don’t always have the time or energy to measure out all the ingredients every time we crave a slice of homemade goodness. That’s where homemade cake mix comes to the rescue!

ingredients for homemade cake mix

Ingredients Needed For Homemade Cake Mix

If you’ve ever found yourself searching your pantry and cabinets frantically in search of a cake mix that just doesn’t seem to exist- look no further. This recipe is made with pantry staples!

Dry Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt

That’s not all, of course. In order to make this Homemade Cake Mix into Homemade Cake, you’ll need some wet ingredients, too!

Wet Ingredients

  • Milk or Buttermilk
  • Eggs
  • Oil
  • Vanilla Extract
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How To Make This Recipe

There’s a reason I use this recipe more often than boxed mix- it’s just SO dang easy!

  1. Dump all dry ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk well.
  2. Pour dry ingredients into an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.

When you’re ready to put your cake mix to use,

  1. Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients until combined.
  2. Pour batter into a greased 9×13 inch pan or divide into cupcake liners.
  3. Bake the cake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean. Bake cupcakes for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. Allow the cake or cupcakes to cool completely before topping them with your favorite frosting!
clear bowl filled with flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt with a whisk stirring the ingredients

Why I Love Homemade Cake Mix

Simple Pantry Ingredients- This Homemade Cake Mix calls for only FIVE ingredients! All of which are pantry staples. It doesn’t get easier than this!

Great For Gifting- I LOVE to give a homemade gift around the holidays or even as a “just because” gift! Store this recipe in a jar and wrap a cute ribbon around it with written instructions on how to use it, and you have a simple, made-from-scratch gift that anybody can enjoy! Who doesn’t love the gift of cake!?

A Great Substitute- This recipe is great to use in place of boxed cake mix! My favorite recipes to substitute for are Orange Creamsicle Poke Cake and Lemon Poke Cake!

Easily Customizable- This recipe makes a great vanilla cake base, but you can get creative with it! Some of my favorite add-ins are:

  • Sprinkles
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Fruit Zest (lemon, orange, grapefruit)
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Nuts
  • Different Extracts (maple, peppermint, coconut, almond, etc)

Tips & Tricks

  • Use ingredients that are fresh and not expired. Most people don’t realize that baking powder and baking soda are less effective after a certain period of time, so check those expiration dates!
  • Sift your dry ingredients together for a smooth, clump-free batter.
  • Store your Homemade Cake Mix in an air-tight container for best results. If you aren’t storing the cake mix in an air-tight container, I recommend making the cake mix when you’re ready to use it instead of ahead of time.
  • Mix up the flavors and mix-ins! Using a different flavor extract, adding colorful sprinkles, or adding chopped nuts or chocolate makes for a great surprise.

With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of preparation, you can enjoy the satisfaction of homemade baking without the hassle. So why not give it a try and elevate your baking game today? Your taste buds will thank you!

Homemade Cake Mix

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake mix, homemade cake mix
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Cake


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


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

To make cake or cupcakes:

  • Combine dry cake mix with wet ingredients until well combined.
  • Pour batter into a 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

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