Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix

This Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix is super easy to put together and store in your pantry for those days you want to put together a quick, delicious vanilla cake! Make several to keep on hand – or to give as gifts. I’ve even included a cute little tag you can print out with the ingredients and instructions for baking later!

Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix

Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix recipe

We all have those times in life that are super busy and we need a little shortcut. Baking can even be one of those things we need a shortcut with. Though I love to bake and enjoy the process of putting everything together for a wonderful cake, there are times that I just want to grab a mix out of the pantry and have part of process already done for me.

This cake mix is perfect for those days!

The mix includes flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. All your main dry ingredients really. Just combine them in a bowl and add them to a well sealed mason jar and you’re all set! It’s a fair amount of mix, so I used a 32 oz size mason jar. I had to do a little tapping of the jar on the table to get everything to pack down so could I fit it all. 🙂

Decorated Homemade Vanilla Cake MixBest Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix recipe

Once your mix is ready, feel free to download and print the cake mix tag to add to it so you have the ingredients list and instructions handy when you’re ready to bake it. It’s a straightforward mix, which is perfect for a cake mix. No need to cream anything – just combine and mix together!

It bakes up into a lovely and super moist vanilla cake! I love how simple it is to make and the 9×13 size is great for something quick, easy and transportable if you feel like sharing. 🙂 Is there anything better than a quick, easy cake to get your fix?

Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix in panFavorite Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix

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Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix in jar

Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix

  • Author: Life, Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 32 minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minutes
  • Yield: 14-16 Servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix is super easy to put together and store in your pantry for those days you want to put together a quick, delicious vanilla cake!



  • 2 1/2 cups (325g) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (414g) sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1 cup (240ml) milk
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup (240ml) hot water


1. To make the cake mix, combine the dry ingredients and mix well.
2. Add the dry mix to a large sealable container. I used 32 oz mason jars. Seal and store until ready to make. Print the tag with ingredients and instructions to add to the jar.

3. To finish the cake, preheat oven to 350°F (176°C) and grease a 9×13 inch cake pan.
4. Add the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla extract and eggs to a medium sized bowl and combine.
5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry cake mix and mix until well combined.
6. Slowly add the hot water to the batter and mix on low speed until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is well combined. The batter will be very thin.
7. Pour the batter into the greased cake pan and bake for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs.
8. Allow the cake to cool and frost it with the Vanilla Buttercream Frosting.

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  1. Shyanne Jones

    This cake just taste like pancakes to me. I was slightly disappointed, but for the ingredients listed it was not a bad tasting pancake loaf. 😂

  2. AndreaG

    Mine turned out great. Everyone loved it and it was so quick, easy and convenient with the mix. I’m gonna make 2 or 3 mixes at a time to always have on hand. Thanks for sharing!

  3. chinachef

    Made a 3-layer 8” diameter cake using this recipe. SO moist even after refrigerating overnight after doing raspberry filling and almond buttercream frosting! Everyone loved it!

      1. Sarah

        I made a dump cake dessert with a box cake mix and it was good… But too sweet! Thought I could try with a home made recipe and cut back the sugar… How Do you think it would go with just a cup of sugar?

      2. Lindsay

        I haven’t made a dump cake, so I’m not real familiar with them. But keep in mind that the batter of this cake is super thin. I personally wouldn’t recommend reducing the sugar. It does more than just make things sweet. It affects the texture and moisture.

  4. Suzi

    I baked this cake for my husband’s b-day. He loved it so much I am baking it again for our family 4th celebration! Thank you for sharing this recipe. It is definitely a keeper! No more box cake mixes for us!

  5. Sam

    Hi, this looks so simple and from your description, delicious. If you only mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients for this cake and it turns out well, why go through the trouble of beating the butter and sugar for a certain amount of time, adding the eggs and beating for a certain amount of time, and then alternating dry and milk to make a cake batter? Thanks!

    1. Lindsay

      Lots of reasons. Some people prefer the taste of butter, some prefer a different texture cupcake. This batter is very thin so you can’t mix things into it, etc.

    1. Lindsay

      If you leave out the vanilla, you’d probably want to use a different flavoring or the cake won’t have any flavor.

  6. Sue

    Great recipe and gift idea! We loved it. My guess if anyone thought it was rubbery they quite possible mixed it way too long. Overmixing will do that to a cake batter. Thanks for the recipe, I have sworn off cake mixes and this was perfect!

  7. Stephanie

    I was so excited to make this cake, it was very moist but I felt like it was heavy and doughy. I’m struggling find the perfect recipe with balance of fluffy, moist and not dense. I do love so many of your recipes though!

  8. Denise

    Tried this recipe yesterday and unfortunately it turned out doughy. Not sure why but I will see if there is another recipe that I can try.

  9. Paige

    Turned out beautiful!! Thank you for this super easy recipe! Will definitely keep it and use again

  10. Jamir

    I wish I read the reviews first. I was reading them while it was baking. I followed the recipe and didn’t make any changes and it did not come out like the picture. It was rubbery like others have stated 

    1. Lindsay

      I’m sorry it didn’t turn out for you. For some reason with this recipe, it seems to either work out perfectly for people or not at all. I can’t seem to figure out why it doesn’t work for people sometimes.

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