Homemade Yellow Cake Mix Made Easy

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layered yellow mini cake with chocolate frosting

Recipe for Yellow Cake Mix

Are you like me and prefer homemade because you have everything at home, know what is going in it and you can make it for less? This is true for cake mix. We have a recipe for a yellow cake mix that is luscious and delicious, even bakery like. Use this recipe to bake your next birthday cake or yellow cupcakes from scratch.

We’ve used this to make a delicious hummingbird cake as well.

adding milk to cake batter and flour mixture

What Goes Into the Best Yellow Cake Recipe?

  • flour
  • sugar
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • melted butter (unsalted butter)
  • milk
  • whole eggs
  • vanilla extract
melted butter poured into cake batter in large bowl

What Makes a Yellow Cake, Yellow?

The butter and egg yolks give the cake the yellow color. This is where the simple yellow cake name comes from.

Are Box Cakes Better Than From Scratch?

Everyone’s taste and preferences are different. With a scratch cake, you know what ingredients are put into it. There is no expiration date on the ingredients when you are pulling ingredients together fresh from your pantry.

mixing cake batter and whole eggs in large bowl

Should Eggs Be Beat Before Adding Into Cake?

If you beat them before mixing into batter, it allows the eggs to be evenly mixed in the batter. Do we do this, no, we forget every time.

Should The Eggs Be At Room Temperature?

The eggs should be at room temperature.

mixing cake batter with hand mixer

What Size Pan Do I Use?

This is a versatile fluffy yellow cake mix. You can make cupcakes, 9×13 cake, sheet cake. Which ever you decide to make, the prepared pans should have baking spray on them to keep the cake from sticking to the pan.

What Frosting Can I Use?

For our tastes, we use chocolate buttercream frosting on a yellow cake. What ever frosting you use, let the cake cool completely and get the frosting between the cake layers. You want enough between the cake layers, but not so much it makes the cake too sweet. And you need enough frosting to cover the entire cake. We have a fluffy chocolate frosting on our site you should try.

layered yellow mini cake with chocolate frosting
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Classic Yellow Cake Recipe

Discover how to easily make your own recipe for a yellow cake mix. Say farewell to store-bought enjoy the delicious taste of freshly made cake.
Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober


  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


  • Preheat oven 325℉ .
    In a large bowl, add flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Mix together.
    Add milk and butter. Butter should be cooled, not hot. Mix together.
    Add the eggs and mix together with hand mixer.
    Add vanilla and mix together.
    Place into 9×13 pan (spray with non-stick spray). You can also use 3 round pans or make cupcakes.
    Bake for 30-40 minutes until a toothpick check comes out clean.


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If using salted butter, reduce amount of salt by half.
Discover how to easily make your own homemade yellow cake mix. Say farewell to store-bought enjoy the delicious taste of freshly made cake.

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