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.”

4.9 from 19 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
  • 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!

Brownie Mix

Homemade Brownie Mix

Homemade Cake mix for White Cake

Homemade White Cake Mix

Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix

Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix

Homemade Funfetti Cake Mix!

Homemade Funfetti Cake Mix

Homemade Mug Cake

Homemade Mug Cake Mix

Homemade Pan Release

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

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  • ALISON says:


    • Amanda says:

      1/2 cup or 113g

  • Dot Francis says:

    Love your basic recipes…going to use these. What great idea for Christmas gifts. Many thanks!

  • Jean Chappell says:

    Would love to try this yellow cake mix but it seems a lot of milk for a cake,is measures correct please

  • Lilian says:

    After making the cake mix, can I use it immediately or I should store it before using

  • Lili says:

    God bless to share.

  • Heather C. says:

    Made this tonight and family LOVED IT! No frosting tho as that is how we prefer cakes except for the occasional cream cheese frosting. This was sweet enough but not too sweet to enjoy without frosting.

    Cooked in a 9×13 pan and just check the middle with a toothpick till it was lightly moist when pulled out. So, don’t go by times as I go by feel, smell. toothpick test etc. Better way of cooking and baking vs time.

    Did not have enough AP flour so had to use 1 1/4 cup of bread flour to make it the full 2 1/4 cup. Light , fluffy, buttery with a hint of vanilla goodness.

    Been learning over the years how to make breads, cakes and any other baked goodies. Glad to say this recipe is a keeper!

  • Jillian says:

    Can this be baked in two 8-inch round pans?

  • Cathy Bryan says:

    Hi, Amanda😊. Can you use cake flour for the homemade yellow cake mix?

  • Lynda Harrison says:

    Thank you

  • Ginette says:

    We don’t see milk as an ingredient in the video?..

  • Ann Ellenwood says:

    I love your dessert recipes. Looking forward to making your home made cake mixes.

  • Christie Kelly says:

    My grandmother made a homemade icing chocolate that you could literally peel off from the cake, I know it had cocoa, powdered sugar and brewed coffee in it. Does this sound familiar to you?

  • Efiana monteiro says:

    wow i always like your cakes god bless u

  • Mildred says:

    Thank you so much for these recipes, now I can stop using box cake mix,I can make all my cake from scratch…again, thanks

  • Hilda Joseph says:

    Absolutely great recipe. Must it be
    Dry ingredients inside a Mason jar?

  • Emily Salazar says:

    Please show how to make different icing for chocolate, white cake and yellow cake and etc. Thanks

  • Sabrina Couto says:

    Just LOVE your posts. Have tried many and all of them were delicious and perfect. Thank you so much Amanda for sharing.

  • Tomy says:

    What chocolate frosting recipe do you recommend for this yellow cake.

  • Garima says:

    Can we use it instead of a box mix in doctored up cake mix recipes.

  • Gena Evans says:

    So excited to try your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing these with us all. God bless you.

  • Keewasha says:

    It came out great;Thank You for the recipe

  • Margaret Jenkins says:

    Love new ideas.

  • Josephine Cooper Gardner says:

    I love it

  • Janice Walker says:

    Awesome. Just made this fully to test out the recipe. A winner for sure. Thank you. Will be giving out as gifts now

  • Mary Turnpaugh says:

    I love your cake recipes. Thank you so much for posting them. Your recipes are so much better then coming from a box or others I have seen. Thank you again Mary

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