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Revealed: How to Make Your Own Homemade Cake Mix

Do you love the taste homemade cake but crave the convenience of a cake mix? The solution is simple: Learn how to make homemade cake mix!

By pre-mixing key ingredients in present in batter, you’ll speed up the baking process when you’re ready to make a cake. Your cake will come together as quickly as a commercial boxed mix but with all of the flavor of a homemade creation.

Cake mix

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Making your own homemade cake mix is one of the easiest DIY projects you’ll ever complete, and it’s awfully handy trick to have up your sleeve. Homemade mixes make thoughtful and impressive gifts, especially when prettily packaged and gifted with a recipe included. Or, your prepared mix can just be an investment in your future cake making convenience.

Cake mix

How to make homemade cake mix

Makes 1 batch of cake mix

Adapted from Food.com

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1⁄2 cup non-fat powdered milk

Note: International readers may enjoy our handy metric conversion guide.

Step 1:

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.

Ingredients together

Step 2:

Sift or whisk together all of the ingredients together until combined.

Whisk

Step 3:

Transfer to an airtight container or large mason jar for storage. Keep in a cool, dark, dry place, or even in the freezer, until ready to use.

Transfer mix to jar

To make a cake with your mix:

  • 1 batch homemade cake mix (recipe above)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 eggs

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two 8 or 9-inch baking pans with parchment paper, and grease and flour. See our blog post on how to prepare a cake pan.

Step 2:

Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on low at first, until the mixture begins to come together. Increase the speed to high, and mix for about 2 minutes, or until the mixture is smooth and lump-free.

Step 3:

Pour the batter into the prepared pans, and bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes in your pans. Immediately run a sharp knife along the perimeter of the pan after removing from the oven, to loosen the sides of the cake.

Cake batter

Step 4:

Let cool for several minutes, and then invert onto a wire rack. Remove the parchment paper, let cool, and frost and decorate as desired.

Cake

Note: you can also bake this cake in a sheet pan or as cupcakes. In a 13×9-inch pan, the bake time will be 35-40 minutes, whereas cupcakes in cups filled 2/3 of the way full will take 12-15 minutes.

To substitute this mix for a commercial yellow cake mix in a recipe:

This cake mix can be substituted for a standard box cake mix, which makes it easy to use for “doctored” cake mix creations. However, since the cake mix does not contain vanilla and commercial varieties do, be sure to add 1 teaspoon of vanilla to whatever recipe you are making.

Have you ever tried making a homemade cake mix?

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29 Comments

janette

what if you want a chocolate cake? Do you add just add cocoa to the mix & how much?

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Cassondra

I too would like to know…how do you do a pre-made mix for chocolate cake?

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Diane

Find a scratch chocolate cake recipe and mix the dry ingredients, then put it in a jar labeled with the wet ingredients required. That’s all this is. I do this sort of thing with bread machine recipes all the time. I put all the dry ingredients into quart jars (except for the yeast, which would kill it and ruin the recipe), one recipe’s worth per jar, and store it till I need it.

I can highly recommend this chocolate cake recipe: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Wacky-Cake-VIII/Detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e11=wacky%20cake&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page&soid=sr_results_p1i1

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Erendira

I will try to use 1 1/2 c of flour and repkace the 1/2 c with cocoa powder

Or add melted chocolate to your batter
Ps. I always ad a little bitte of coffee to enhanced the flavor of your chocolate.

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Elvira Diomampo

I will try this yellow cake mix. I always do this with my chocolate cake mix.

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Marion

Hello Craftsy-Team, I’m from Germany and i have a question about these recipe. What is a batch?? is it the complete recipe from above or such two cups from?
Greats Marion

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Diane

A batch, in this context, is the entire dry recipe from above. Then you add the wet ingredients and proceed as directed.

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Marion

Thank you for your answer Diane.
greats Marion

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luverta

Hi What size Mason jar

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Diane

Something that will hold 3 cups of dry goods.

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Frances Goff

Can this be made with Gluteen Free flour.??

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Carol

What about non dairy? One commercial mix, the basic yellow, is non dairy.

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Susan

Hi Craftsy Thank you for this tip. When you say (1⁄2 cup non-fat powdered milk) do you mean instant or not instant milk? Also is this what is called skimmed milk? Thank you

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Claudia

Thank you for share your knowledge. I have a cuestión what kind of brand of milk 🙂

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Aly

Two questions…I have powdered milk, however it is a whole milk powder, not skim (non-fat) milk. Can the whole milk powder be used instead? Or should I wait and use it (in its liquid form) in place of the water when I get ready to make the cake? My second question is…is it really necessary to line the pan with parchment paper before greasing & flouring it? (Parchment paper is not something that goes on my shopping list – I just grease & flour and my cakes come out okay.) Thanks!

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Lynn Fox

I have always used wax paper. Grease the pan. Line it with wax paper, then lightly grease the paper.

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Jessie Oleson Moore

Aly: I haven’t tried it with whole milk powder. I don’t think it would have an adverse effect. But you could just add the milk to the batter when baking, too.

re: parchment, you don’t have to use it. Just be sure to generously grease the pan. If you’ve been doing it this way, you have it down I am sure 🙂

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N.Hinds

How long can the dry mix be stored before it goes bad?

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Jessie Oleson Moore

N. Hinds: good question. Adhere to the expiration date on your powdered milk. That is the most perishable of the ingredients.

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Nancy Chinnock

I tried this recipe and it is DRY.Next may try adding sour cream ?? needs something to make it moist.

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Jackie lee

How many ounces are there in a cup .

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judy

I do the same thing with my pancake recipe. I attach a laminated card to jar with what add for the wet ingredients. Makes life so much easier:)

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Sandi

will definitely make! I needed something other than box. Sounds crazy, but something in the box mixes makes my arthritis flare and i need a Great quicky recipe for when my kids want something now and i dont have the time to make one of the great Craftsy recipes.

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Mary grew

Hi could I use nesquick instead of powdered milk to give it flavour like strawberry

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smita mandar kulkarni

if I want to make eggless cake .what should be add instead of egg.pl answer my query.thanxs

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Mridu Kapoor

Nice tip thank you first of all.. i also have few queries. I make eggless cakes.what should be added to this mix in that case especially instead of eggs. My second question is like how much cake will it bake a 7 inch 8 inch or a nine inch.. please please answer my query.. it would be a great help. Thank you.

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cakengifts.in

Seriously this recipe is praisable by everyone who made cake by this recipe. Because the cake that gets ready by this recipe is very very tasty and not more time taken. I will make again this cake on this sunday.

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