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!

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

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

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  • Reid says:

    I like a marriange type frosting for a coconut that doesn’t weep are brake down. Can you help me with this?

  • Ankunda Sharon says:

    Nice to see looks yummy

  • Stephanie says:


    Would you be able to conversion for the ingredients weights. In the uk we don’t have sticks of butter. We also tend to measure out on scales than using cups.

    Kindest Regards

  • Lisa says:

    Thank you for this excellent recipe. I’m going to use this recipe for Pineapple Upside Down cake. Very moist cake.

  • Kathleen Salazar says:

    Like the mix pre-made into Mason jars,

  • Rachel McGuire says:

    Hi there. For the yellow jar cake mix ‘ what size pans can be used for this?

    Ps. Your recipes are amazing..

  • Audrey Riccobono says:

    Can you make this recipe with Splena for diabetics?

  • Alfred nazy says:


  • Olga Maddox says:

    Hi Amanda. What ia a stick of butter referred to in your recipes. Thanks.
    Olga Maddox (Australia)

    • Amanda says:

      1 stick = 1/2 cup or 113g

  • Revathi says:

    Thanks for the recipe Amanda will surely try.

  • Debra Coffey says:

    My husband loves gooey butter cake. I was wondering if I could use you yellow cake mix instead of a store bought cake mix. You never know what you are getting in box mixes
    Oh and I love all your recipes. Keep making new things we love them

  • Teresa says:

    This is awesome….. My grandkids are always asking for cake when they come over and I don’t always have a store bought box, but this recipe uses ingredients that I always have in the pantry. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Virginia Dean says:

    Baked up beautifully!!!

  • Alan Harder says:

    Looks very interesting xx old long time baker

  • Okera Tenamo says:

    Wonderful,I hope to learn from you if it is possible.I really like baking in needs Thanks
    Okera Tenamo

  • Shirley says:

    Can you use cake flour instead of regular ap flour and would it make a difference?

  • Annice says:

    Ok this is the best. Simple and delicious. We love it.

  • Leigh Ann Boal says:

    Would you be able to bake this in a 9×13 pan with adjusting baking time? Does it turn out the same? Is it a bakery style yellow cake? I have a cake coming up and am looking to use this recipe but must make a 9×13.

  • Carol Heikes says:

    Your brownie recipe is excellent!! I have given the dry ingredients with directions as Christmas gifts!! I just served a luncheon with the brownies and got raves!!! Thanks for a great recipe. Can’t wait to try the cakes!

  • Annette Hunt says:

    To an inquiry regarding a pancake version, the link below is to Alton Brown’s awesome “Instant “ Pancake Mix. It produces the fluffiest, most delicious pancakes I’ve ever eaten.

    I hope you enjoy.

  • Vicenta says:

    I lake it look very good

  • Sandra says:

    Rated amazing just like my grandmother’s cake

  • Candice says:

    I would rate this 5 stars but there is way too much vanilla extract and the conversion of granulated sugar is off. It’s supposed to be 300g not 350g which would be 3 ¾ cup sugar.

  • Lee says:

    Just love your recipes….keep me going …

  • Freda says:

    I think your recipes are the best!!! Keep up the good work and we will keep baking and making your recipes !!!! 😋😋😋😋

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