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.”

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix!
4.87 from 45 votes

Yellow Cake

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Our favorite yellow cake recipe!

Ingredients

  • cups (281g) all-purpose flour
  • cups (300g) granulated sugar
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cups milk
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 113g) butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large eggs

Instructions

Measure flour into quart size mason jar.

  • Add sugar on top, then baking powder, then salt. Place lid on jar. (My ingredients JUST fit)

When Ready to Prepare Cake Batter

  • Place softened butter into stand mixer and mix on medium for 1-2 minutes.
  • Place dry ingredients into stand mixer and combine with butter for 30 seconds.
  • Add milk, oil, vanilla and eggs and mix on medium-high for one minute.
  • 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 9×13, bake for 30-38 minutes. Cool before frosting.

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. I added 1 teaspoon of almond extract. It was way better than the King Arthur birthday cake recipe.

  2. This is actually a really good basic recipe. I mixed standard. (Creaming butter, creaming butter/sugar, then liquids & flour last.)
    I did change a bit. This is not a sweet cake, which would be fine for almond icing, but for chocolate frosting, it needs a half cup brown sugar added.
    Also, I used a mixture of sour cream and milk instead of all milk.
    But for a homemade cake? This consistency cannot be beat. Soft & melts in your mouth!

  3. I had never baked a cake from scratch before and this one turned out beautifully! Then I read the reviews and had to post. Easy to make and the texture was perfect. Bookmarking for Christmas gift ideas- thank you!!!

  4. This is my go-to for a delicious yellow cake with chocolate icing!! Reminds me of my grand mom’s and is always a hit!!

  5. I am going to make this cake for my Dad who’s birthday is soon but I have some questions that need to be solved ASAP!
    1. Do you use salted or unsalted butter? We only have unsalted butter..
    2. How much should we cook the cake if it’s in a 9 x 1.5 inch cake pan?

  6. Hi! It looks great, but I do not know how to prepare this cake in cups. Is it possible to transform in ml and gr? And when you add the milk? I think it was not added in the video.
    I really like the recipe and it woulbe great if you have time to answer me.

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