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 (Also Called Butter Cake)

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!
4.82 from 70 votes

Yellow Cake

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

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups (281 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¼ 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 a stand mixer and mix on medium for 1-2 minutes. (You can also use a hand-held mixer)
  • 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. Looks great ! Can you add a pudding mix into the homemade yellow cake mix , as you do for the box yellow cake ? Is there a reason for adding it to the box mix ?
    Thanks for your great recipes
    LJ

    1. I wondered this too. I didn’t add it, though, because I wasn’t sure if you’d need to add additional milk?!

  2. I made this for Mother’s Day dessert as a 9 X 13 sheet cake. I used the cream cheese frosting made with cool whip, cream cheese & powder ed sugar to frost cake, then spread a whole can of blueberry pie filling over the frosting. Chilled it & believe me, it was a delicious cake!
    Another reason I like this recipe for a 9 X 13 sheet cake, is that it makes just enough batter so that your cake doesn’t overfill pan with cake, that way you have room for plenty of icing! Yum!
    I will say I tweaked recipe just a bit by adding 1/2 cup sour cream instead of the oil & I used X-large eggs, my husband bought by mistake, instead of large. Will be a go to recipe for me.

  3. I made this recipe and followed it exactly. It was perfect and tasty. I did not post a pic because my grands ate it before I could frost it! Great recipe!

  4. I made this and everyone hate it. Everyone said it was not sweet. I follow the instructions. I like it.

  5. Love this recipe. It’s so easy to make and uses ingredients most of us have on hand. I make it for the cake layer on my pineapple upside down cake. Will never use a boxed cake mix again.

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