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 them, and store them in your pantry. When you are ready to bake the yellow cake, you remove it 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

Chocolate Buttercream

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

Yellow Cupcakes

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

How to Gift Yellow Cake Mix

If you want to give this as a gift simply print out the ‘wet’ ingredients and the directions and attach them 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.” 😉

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Homemade Yellow Cake Mix!
4.80 from 53 votes

Yellow Cake

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


  • 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


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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Reader Comments

  1. I’ve been looking for a recipe like this for years. So easy and turns out beautifully. It will be my go to yellow cake recipe. Thank you so much 😊

  2. I’m thankful I found this site. My problem with store bought cake mix is mine either expire, OR I never have the right kind on hand. Yellow Cake is my favorite, esp. homemade. Nothing better. I can make many different kinds of cakes with Yellow Cake Mix. I’m going to enjoy stirring this up tomorrow. I’m going to write down your Frosting Recipe now. Totally Homemade. Thanks !!!

  3. I was wondering if I could make this recipe and eliminate the salt?. My mom is on a salt / sodium free cardiac diet and the only cake type desert I can find to make is dense pound cake. I have sodium free baking powder and I would use unsalted butter, but can’t add the salt. Do you think it would still work??

  4. Could i use this recipe for a dump cake? if so what would i need to do as the dump cakes are pretty simple with 1 or 2 possible additions to them such as add butter them dump. lol

    1. I realize this is a late reply, but I thought it might be helpful anyway.
      I use this as dump cake topping all the time, but the method is different than a boxed mix.
      I empty the contents of the jar into a bowl and whisk to combine, then cut in 1 1/2 sticks of softened unsalted butter until I have a crumbly texture, then scatter the crumble over the fruit or pie filling in my baking dish.

  5. I made this under the birthday cake section, I followed to a T. No flavor and so dense I can use as a door stop. Beyond disappointed as I made for my husband’s birthday.

    1. If you made a cake that could be used as a door stop and had no flavor I would think that maybe an error may have been made on your part. I know that is hard to hear, but I would never share a recipe that wouldn’t yield great results.

  6. Just pulled it out of the oven. I was looking for a recipe to use for my 1981 Wilton Jack-O-Latern cake tin that I was gifted a few years back. Smells yummy!

  7. Hi…I want to make this batter but the recipe I’m using calls for a 15.2 ounce box of yellow cake mix, which equals to 3 1/3 cup. Can you help with the rest of the ingredients, please? Thanks

  8. I’m trying this tomorrow I hope my co workers like it they love new things if send something I will share with them they need something new for the holidays to try for their family

  9. Hello can cake flour be used instead of all purpose. I would love to make this for Xmas my husband loves yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

  10. Tasted good, baked up just as expected. Easy
    I added some blueberries and raspberries (frozen) and the result was very good.

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