UPDATE: Here is Homemade Yellow Cake Mix in a Jar!

I gotta be honest with you.

Most of the time I am running around like a crazy woman. I am usually pretty scatterbrained and frantically trying to get to everything that needs to be done in a day.

So I decided that I needed to simplify my baking a bit. Remove some steps. But NEVER sacrifice quality and taste!!

Which leads me to today’s post. I LOVE that I get to share this with you and I hope that you will try it too!

Did you know you can make your own homemade white cake mix?

You can have high quality, delicious tasting cake with the ease and convenience of a box mix.

And it just takes moments to do!

Ingredients for making homemade white cake

Homemade Cake Mix

Just assemble your dry ingredients as well as the sugar. (full recipe below)

Dry Ingredients:

2 3/4 cup flour

1 3/4 cups SUPER fine sugar (you can buy this or make it)

2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

(I will post the rest of the recipe I am using below)

flour in a bowl for homemade white cake

Sift together all ingredients and place in a mason jar or your chosen storage container.

dry ingredients in a jar for homemade white cake mix

And voila! You have your own cake mix! (This recipe totaled about 4 1/2 cups of dry ingredients, so I used an eight-cup mason jar)

You will, of course, need to add the wet ingredients when you are ready to make your cake.

How to decorate a jar for gifting homemade white cake ingredients

So I just write what I need to add on a little reminder card.

And don’t forget the date! I would probably try and use this within three months. But around here, I usually use at least one jar a week!

Directions for preparing homemade white cake

Don’t forget the instructions! (I am not saying that from experience or anything…) And any other little annoying notes you might want to write yourself.

I sorta love words like moist and delicious and yum when describing cake. I can’t help myself.

Feel free to do this with chocolate cake or yellow cake or any cake that suits your fancy.

Can’t wait to show you the cake I am making with this jar! 🙂

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Homemade White Cake Mix (Replace the Box!)

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
No need to go to the store when you can have delcious white cake mix at home!


Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups SUPER fine sugar you can buy this or make it
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 5 egg whites room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoons almond extract


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans or a 9x13 pan.
  • In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer (or stand mixer) cream butter until lighter in color and creamier. (1-2 minutes.)
  • Add in egg whites and mix on low until incorporated.
  • Add in milk, vanilla, and almond extract. Mix until just combined.
  • Add in all dry ingredients and stir by hand until incorporated.
  • Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 18-22 minutes for round pans. If using the 9x13 pan start checking at 22 minutes. Even oven is different! When an inserted toothpick is removed with a few crumbs but no wet batter, the cake is done.

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UPDATED: This is the cake I made with this jar… Chocolate Covered Cherry Oreo Cake!

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Reader Comments

  1. I enjoyed your recipe for your yellow cake mix but after it was done the cake was dry so what can I do to make it moist instead of so dry

    1. You can put your sugar in either a food processor or a blender and just pulse it until it’s fine

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