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.”

4.88 from 31 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
Calories: 450 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
  • 2 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon 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 prepared pans. Bake at 350°F. For 8-inch pans it's 20-25 minutes. For cupcakes start checking around 15 minutes. To make in a 9x13, bake for 30-38 minutes. Cool before frosting.

Recipe Video

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

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  • Beverley says:


  • Yonne Tari says:

    Lovely recipe really interested

  • Tiffany says:

    Literally the best yellow cake I’ve ever made. Even my extremely picky mother loves it. I’m giving her Mason jars full for her birthday this year.

  • Nkeiru Jacqueline Ezeanya says:

    I am new ,seeing your recipe for the 1st time. I will try them and get back to you.
    Mean while, Thank you so much, your cake looks yummy.

  • R says:

    Made this for my daughter’s birthday as a surprise from the usual store bought cake. Followed to a T…everyone hated it! Was super dense…my daughter said it tasted like cornbread 🤦🏻‍♂️ Epic fail

  • Antoinette says:

    Is this batter divided into 2 or 3 – 9″ pans? Would love to have 3 layers.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Antoinette! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. This mix works best in 2 (8-inch) cake pans. If you use 2 (9-inch) pans, the layers will be a bit thinner. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  • Josephine A . Deckon says:

    I really want to learn more about cake making thanks

  • Mildred williams says:

    Can you use this yellow cake recipe for a pineapple upside down cake?

  • Karen Mead says:

    How long is the shelf life on the cake mixes?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      The life of the ingredients. 🙂

  • Shaun'du says:

    Hello it is a Saturday night and I want a cake for tomorrow or later tonight so I am making this cake.

  • Blanche says:

    This is a great recipe …. it matches the old Betty Crocker Starlight Cake recipe. Usually these older recipe is are updated to reflect reduced sugar/salt …. but not this one!

  • Lori Belezzuoli says:

    This makes the most delicious yellow cake! Very easy and so much better than a boxed mix. I’ve used it for upside down cakes as well as frosted, but it easily stands on its own. Kudos!

  • Jordan says:

    I didn’t have as much vanilla as called for! So used about half that amount and might have just mixed the batter a bit longer then it said too! But it was amazing! I added the smallest amount of lemon zest just to brighten it up a bit and that is all! Bookmarked this recipe and it will be my go to bday cake recipe! Thanks so much!!

  • T McGee says:

    My mother is the pickiest person I know. For a long time she actually preferred box cake to fresh, crazy I know. This is the ONLY cake she will eat now. Thank you for a simple recipe that never fails to please

  • Ava says:

    I made this cake and it turned out very good. The frosting wasn’t as dark as pictured, but it had a great taste. Would definitely make this again. Thank you!

  • Daniel perez says:

    I truly enjoyed your yellow cake mix, probably the best I have ever made. Thank you for sharing

  • Amy House says:

    Im a home baker and I love how easy this recipie is to change to different flavors wish some tweeking. However, I make cupcakes and they don’t rise as much as I would like. This only uses baking powder but no baking soda. Suggestions?

  • Keith Donahue says:

    its a good recipe.

  • Sandy says:

    I made this once, I was making a honey bunny cake and did not have a box mix, it was delicious. Just wondering how long to cook in a 9×13 glass cake pan.

  • Janet says says:

    I made the yellow cake it is wonderful recipe thank you.

  • Stephanie says:

    Lovely I like the recipes. I tried a few one my children loved is the Butter bread very delicious

  • Mandee says:

    Does this recipe call for salted or unsalted butter?

  • Abbey says:

    I adapted this recipe to use it for a pineapple upside down cake, and it turned out amazing. I substituted half the milk for pineapple juice, and the cake still tasted great! This is our new yellow cake recipe, loved it!

  • Trudy says:

    Holy cow this is a great mix!!