Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix

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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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Homemade Vanilla Cake Mix! Such a moist and easy cake to put together! With a printable tag!

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  1. Bilal

    With regards to your cake mix recipe, will the 2-1/2 cups of flour make a two layer 9″ cake too thin if I decide not to bake in a 9″x13″ pan for a different recipe ?

    1. Lindsay

      It depends on how tall you want it to be. I have made it as a three layer 8 inch cake and it ends up being about 4 inches tall. It would probably be closer to 3 inches as a 9 inch cake.

  2. Nhia

    Hi can we substitute baking powder with baking soda if we don’t have baking powder on hand? If so, would I just use the same amount 3 tsp or a different amount? Thanks!

  3. Yolanda Brooks

    I’ve made your vanilla cupcakes on several occasions and they’re delicious. Can I double this cake recipe to make a half sheet cake, and if yes would I just double the ingredients?

    1. Lindsay

      It depends on how tall of a cake you want. If you don’t double the recipe, the cake will be about an inch or so tall. If you want a taller cake, yes you can double the recipe.

  4. Mary

    How about adding a third cup of cocoa powder to the dry ingredients for a chocolate version? Or use the dry packets of lemon in the dry for a taste of lemon…Have to try them all! Thank you for such a great way to make a cake without the fuss!!!!!

  5. Stephanie C.

    I used this plus a package of Jello Butterscotch pudding mix to make a beautiful Bundt cake. I did add 5-7 more minutes of bake time and it came out perfect. Topped with cream cheese glaze, dark chocolate syrup, and pecans. Mmm, so yummy for Father’s Day. Thank you for this awesome and pantry-friendly recipe!

  6. Catherine Maxey

    Great recipe. I decided to try it because I found a recipe that I wanted to try that called a box of cake mix. Didnt want to buy a box. So I made this to test it. I screwed up and left out the hot water. Texture was very similar to a Sara Lee pound cake with a great flavor. Will make again with the added hot water. I did reduce the sugar 10%. Plenty sweet I thought.

  7. Connie Lee Peterson

    How do you cut it down to smaller cakes? My math isn’t the best so I’m having trouble. Suppose I want one cup of mix?

    1. Lindsay

      For one cup of the cake mix/dry ingredients you’d probably want to cut it into fourths and use a fourth. If you don’t want to have to worry too much about the math, maybe make the whole mix and then just measure out a quarter of the mix when you’re ready to make the cake.

  8. Lynette Shedden

    Someone had posted about using this for a dump cake!! I am a therapist and educator and always have extra people around so using dump cake recipes is great. I replaced the milk with powdered 3 Tablespoons powdered
    And I added powdered vanilla. But my friend added 1 tablespoon powdered instant vanilla pudding to the jar .
    And we have labeled these dump cake mix or cake mix cookie mix ..

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