homemade yellow cake mix

filed under: Cakes on February 27, 2014

Did you know I bake lots of cakes?  Like, lots and lots of lots of cakes?  I had a homemade white cake recipe that I love but have been on the search for a good (and it must be GOOD) yellow cake recipe. This Yellow Cake Mix is the perfect way to get rid of box mixes or the perfect gift for a friend! This recipe also makes the perfect Birthday Cake!!!

Yellow Cake Mix Recipe

Yellow Cake Mix

There are two reasons that I finally ended up in this yellow cake recipe:

  • It’s a one-bowl recipe.
  • It uses whole eggs, not 8 egg yolks.

Oh, and one more… it’s the BEST! Tastes amazing.

(If you want this recipe written out to try my Birthday Cake recipe, it is the same delicious yellow cake only written to be made immediately.)

Yellow Cake Mix

Homemade Cake Mix

The recipe is written to be stored. You prepare the dry ingredients, label, and store it in your pantry. When you are ready to bake the yellow cake, you remove from your pantry and add the wet ingredients. It is a great option if you have a few extra minutes the week before a birthday or special occasion! Not only can making your own cake mixes save you time, but they taste amazing and are real, natural ingredients!

If you want a yellow cake recipe check out this Birthday Cake version. Detailed tips and tricks on how to make this yellow cake from scratch when you do not need to make the yellow cake mix.



Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

I couldn’t help but pair this yellow cake with rich chocolate buttercream, as that is my favorite combination.

If you would like the CUPCAKE version of the best yellow cake, try this recipe for the Perfect Yellow Cupcake.

If you want to give this as a gift simply print out the ‘wet’ ingredients and the directions and attach to the jar.  Be sure to add some instructions, though.  Something like, “After the cake is cooled call me and I will be right over.”

4.85 from 13 votes
Homemade Yellow Cake Mix!
Yellow Cake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Our favorite yellow cake recipe!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: yellow cake
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs
Measure flour into quart size mason jar.
  1. Add sugar on top, then baking powder, then salt. Place lid on jar. (My ingredients JUST fit)
When Ready to Prepare Cake Batter
  1. Place softened butter into stand mixer and mix on medium for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Place dry ingredients into stand mixer and combine with butter for 30 seconds.
  3. Add milk, oil, vanilla and eggs and mix on medium-high for one minute.
  4. Pour batter into prepare pans. Bake at 350. For 9-inch pans its 20-25 minutes. For cupcakes start checking around 15 minutes. Cool before frosting.

Recipe Video

Check out some of my other HOMEMADE and FROM-SCRATCH dessert mixes!

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Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix

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Homemade Mug Cake

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Every Homemade Cake Mix you could ever want! DITCH THE BOX!

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  • Michelle says:

    Can you use half & half instead of milk?
    I always have half & half in the house but not regular milk.

  • Sharon Gorman says:

    The cake tasted fantastic, but for some reason fell apart on me. Do you have an answer for this?

  • Brenda says:

    Do you have a recipe for the kind of butter cream icing that was used on wedding cakes and birthday cakes in the 60s, 70s, 80s etc. You know, the kind that was sooo sweet and got just a little bit crunchy. Especially around the edges!

  • Carole says:

    Can these recipes be changed to using granulated stevia?

  • Shar says:


  • Zandile says:

    hi my name is Zandile I love your baking . I wich i can bake too.

  • Bessie Edler says:

    Can’t wait to try the yellow cake recipe.
    Thank you

  • Robert fowler says:

    I used it for a pineapple upside down cake with one difference I adde pime apple juice to the mix and cooked on parchment paper. It came out great

  • Stephanie Smith says:

    Hello Gorgeous! I’m going to try this recipe this weekend. Hopefully. Sounds delicious. Thank you! I need a great choice icing recipe now.

  • Jane L says:

    I’d like to try this. The sugar conversion is throwing me off. Do I use 1 1/2 cups or (300g) of sugar?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      1 1/2 cup of granulated sugar IS 300g. 🙂

  • Laura says:

    my cake came out a little dry Instead I used a 10 inch pan baked for 45 mins at 350’

    Any suggestion

    Thank you

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Hi Laura! A 10-inch pan would mean less baking time. When using that size pan you will want to start checking the cake at 25 minutes.

  • Olivia says:

    Thank you very much I appreciate you

  • Jaenyne says:

    Best yellow cake recipe ever! I substituted equal parts almond milk and half and half as I had no milk. Perfection! I made my own almond buttercream icing.

  • Denise Young says:

    Would like the chocolate icing recipe

  • Linder says:

    Delicious cake. Very easy to make. Don’t know why I been buying box. It even tastes better than Duncan Hines Butter cake mix


    Love your cake mixes. May I have the chocolate icing recipe?

  • Orieal C Robertson says:

    I have made this reciped over and over again I give it five stars thank you so much

  • Raebakes says:

    Is this enough for two 9-in round pans, or should the recipe be doubled if I want layers?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      You can make it work in 2 9-inch cake pans, but the layers will be a bit thinner.

  • Shirley Harrison says:

    How long are the cake mixes good for?

  • Mireille B Vaval says:

    Where is the recipe for the rich chocolate buttercream icing?

  • Brooke says:

    Hey so instead of waiting to make this cake I made it right away. My cake was super dense! Are there several reasons my cake could become dense?! Or should I have just gone with the birthday cake link that you shared?! I don’t know by waiting to make the cake that it would make it turn out better.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Oh no! The batter could have been overmixed slightly for it to be too dense… or expired (old) leavening ingredients.

  • Elisa says:

    Looks good and easy

  • Elena Guevara Arias says:

    Muy prácticos a preparar mis mezclas y así se me hará más divertido y fácil

  • Ann Woods says:

    Thanks for letting me subscribe can’t wait to get started

  • judy says:

    do i have use a jar

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