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. 🙂

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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.


  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 462
  • Sugar: 50.3 g
  • Sodium: 209.2 mg
  • Fat: 20.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 66.6 g
  • Protein: 4.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 40.8 mg

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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. Paige

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

  4. 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.

  5. Kristi

    Perfect cake mix! The only thing I had a problem with was the amount of time which can vary depending on oven anyway. I ended up keeping it in the oven for 45 minutes. Came out moist and tasty. 

  6. Chad

    I made this for my kids and didn’t have any white flour. I ended up using whole wheat flour and it turned out perfect! I couldn’t imagine what it would taste like with normal flour! Great recipe! 

  7. Maria

    Hi Lindsay!! I would like to have a coconut cake mix. May I add dried coconut to this recipe? Thanks 💗

    1. Lindsay

      You could certainly try it. It’s going to add texture to your final cake. An alternative would be to add coconut extract later when you add your wet ingredients.

  8. D

    Just wanted to complement you on this recipe! It was quick and easy and very forgiving. I mixed the dry ingredients after sifting well and used half, storing the remainder. I just wanted an 8 inch round cake to serve with some fresh berry compote a neighbor brought over. Of course, I only used half the wet ingredients and I did use melted, cooled butter instead of oil. Also, I forgot to heat the water! However, it turned out beautifully! It was the perfect volume for a 8 inch cake pan. It was dense and rich but very moist. The best part? I made it after dinner one night and left it on the counter in a Tupperware cake box. My husband was locking up the house before bed, saw it on the counter and thought I forgot to refrigerate it. The next morning I saw it in the refrigerator and immediately thought it would be dried out. However we ate it that night and the consistency was perfect and moist. My husband can’t stop talking about how much better it is than a box mix, which I always use unless it’s a birthday or holiday. But, never again will I use a box mix! This recipe is much better and just as convenient!

  9. Melissa

    I just made this and it is soooo good!!  Thank you so much!!  So moist and yummy it doesn’t need any frosting!  Also mine took 40 minutes to bake – probably the type of pretty dish I was using.  

      1. Wangeci

        This looks absolutely lovely, I am wondering how I would be able to break it down to just make a small cake for one? I sometimes get a craving and bake like crazy and then once I have had the first slice the rest of the cake remains in the fridge for weeks and I end up throwing it away. Can I break this down to one serving to space it out and eat when the craving comes;)

      2. Lindsay

        You could try cutting the recipe down, but one serving would be extremely tiny measurements. I would see what math makes sense to break it down to and make that amount. It’s probably gonna be more like a handful of cupcakes.

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