Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix Recipe

Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix Recipe
Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix Recipe
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If you love the ease of using cake mix, but you want to add a homemade touch, then this Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix Recipe is for you. Simply mix up the 4-ingredient dry mix and store in a jar for later. When you're ready to bake the cake, just add 4 simple wet ingredients and bake the cake in the oven.

To add an even more homemade touch to this recipe, top it with our simple Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. This homemade cake mix has all the convenience of a box mix, with the goodness and simplicity of a cake made from scratch.

This easy recipe would make a wonderful hostess gift because everyone loves cake! Simply attach the wet ingredient list and the baking instructions and you have a wonderful DIY gift. Keep a few jars of the dry cake mix in your pantry and whip up a scratch-made cake in a flash. Everyone will want to know your time-saving secret!

Yields20 servings

Preparation Time20 min

Cooking Time40 min

Cooking Vessel Size9 x 13-inch


  • For Dry Cake Mix:
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Ingredients to Add to Dry Cake Mix:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • For Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 16 ounces powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream

Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix Recipe

To Prepare the Cake

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

  3. Beat in the eggs one at a time until fully combined with the butter.

  4. Add in the vanilla.

  5. Gradually add in the cake mix ingredients, alternating with the milk, until just combined.

  6. Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden and done when a wooden skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean.

  7. Let cake cool.

  8. While the cake is cooling, prepare the frosting.

To Make the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and beat in.

  2. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar, beating until sugar is incorporated.

  3. Add in the milk or cream and beat until a light and fluffy consistency. Add a bit more milk or cream if needed.

  4. Frost the top of the cake.

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