Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

by Erin

Boxed cake mix comes in handy for more things than just making cupcakes for a last minute party. Cake mix can also be used as the base of bars (such as the ones I posted yesterday), as an ingredient in pies, frosting, ice cream, and most popularly on my blog in different kinds of cake batter dips.

To use this homemade mix, I measured out 18.25 oz (about 2-1/2 cups) to use in place of a box of yellow cake mix indicated in yesterday’s bar recipe. And it worked great! Although I haven’t tried making an actual cake with it yet, at least I know it can work for recipes that call for it as one of their ingredients. I constantly have half-used boxes of cake mix from the creations that pop up in my kitchen.

This would likely also work to make gluten-free cake mixes since I know they make gluten-free all-purpose flour and cake flour. Just be sure to add some xanthan gum. To take it a step further, if you could find a lactose-free nonfat dry milk powder you could even make a lactose-free cake mix (using margarine instead of butter of course).


Makes 5 cups mix (equal to about 2 boxes of store bought mix)


2 cups granulated sugar

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 cups cake flour

1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 cup unsalted butter, cut in 1/2-inch cubes and cold

1 Tbsp vanilla extract


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the sugar, both flours, milk powder, baking powder and salt. Process for 15 seconds. Add the pieces of butter and lightly toss with a fork so they are coated with the flour mixture. Sprinkle the vanilla over the top. Pulse until the mixture is fine and crumbly, about 10 one-second pulses. Use immediately or store in an airtight bag or container in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Note: For instructions on how to make an actual cake with this mix, please visit Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Source: Brown Eyed Baker

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Vicki @ WITK September 27, 2012 - 7:57 pm

Let us know when you make a cake with it! Sounds like so much fun to make your own boxed mix!

sally @ sallys baking addiction September 26, 2012 - 4:36 pm

OMG is this real life? You are a genius Erin! Sometimes I feel guilty always turning to the boxed mixes – so full of artificial ingredients. I’ve been pondering ways to make my own but NEVER felt like getting around to it! I love this so much, you are like… my IDOL!

spiffycookie September 27, 2012 - 8:02 am

Hahaha you are too funny. I want to try making different variations of flavors too.

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction September 26, 2012 - 2:24 pm

This is a great recipe to keep on hand!

Tracey September 25, 2012 - 10:35 pm

Every time I see this recipe posted I mean to get it my kitchen and make it but still, I haven’t. I know I would immediately be tempted to make about 10 cake batter treats as soon as I did, so maybe it’s about self-preservation :)

Jackie @ The Beeroness September 25, 2012 - 12:20 pm

Have you heard about October Unprocessed that Andrew of Eating rules is doing? This is so perfect for that. Love it :)

Aimee @ ShugarySweets September 25, 2012 - 11:23 am

So easy! Love it.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 25, 2012 - 10:42 am

This is such a great idea. And it is so easy!

amy @ fearless homemaker September 25, 2012 - 9:55 am

Brilliant! =) Just like the store-bought version, without all the icky preservatives + unpronounceable stuff.

Kayle (The Cooking Actress) September 25, 2012 - 8:38 am

I loved when BEB shared this recipe–I hate buying mixes and this is a great way to get around it :D


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