Kids in the Sink

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

on October 2, 2012

There are absolutely some things that we here at Kids in the Sink just can’t bear to make homemade.  Not because we couldn’t make a homemade version of them, but  because it just wouldn’t compare.  For Heather, one of those things is Oreo cookies.  We’ve re-created them and they were fine by me but since Oreo’s just happen to be something Heather gets obsessed with from time to time, they were not up to snuff.  For me, maybe that store-bought product that can’ t be beat is Samoa’s Girl Scout cookies. AKA Caramel DeLites.  And let me tell you, that play on words with the Lite part capitalized, is total bologna.  Nothing lite about those.  And let me tell you another secret that changed my life.  There is a cookie that is very similar in the grocery store made by whatever the Keebler Elves brand is called and they’re like caramel somethings.  But if you put them in a purple box and paid $4 for a box of 12 cookies, you would never know that some cute little green-vested girl didn’t sell them to you. That’s how alike they are!  Changed my life. I’m not lying. If you know me, you know I don’t lie.  Even about silly things like this.

So anyway… now you know where we stand on certain boxed cookies.  Some things just can’t be re-created in a homemade version and be better.  They just can’t.  Not many things, though, because we’ve been known to make some homemade versions of things that rock. my. socks. off. That’s real talk, guys.  On the contrary, there are things that we can’t bear the thought of actually buying from the store.  Things that just seem so bad for you that you can’t fathom putting them into your body.  Boxed cake mix is one of those things for me.  I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve drooled over a picture of a recipe and then scrolled down to see that it called for a box of cake mix.  Yuck.  It turns me off so much that I can’t even entertain the idea of it anymore and I’m forced to move on.  Those are sad times.  Until now. Until this awesome recipe came into our lives. And now we’re sharing it with you! You’re welcome.


Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

Makes approximately 5 cups dry mix


2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 sticks very cold butter, cut into chunks
1 tbsp vanilla extract


  1. Put all ingredients except butter and vanilla in food processor and pulse until well combined.
  2. Add the butter and toss with a fork so it’s covered in flour mixture.  Add vanilla and then pulse until the mixture is crumbly and fine.
  3. Use immediately or store in a freezer bag in the freezer. Take care not to let your mixture sit out too long because the butter will melt and make the consistency all weird.

Source: Pennies on a Platter


17 responses to “Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

  1. Awesome! I can’t wait to try this! Here’s a little tip on how to add your vanilla to your mix ahead of time- Pour the vanilla over the sugar and allow the sugar to sit out covered until dry (12-24 hours) Then mix your sugar in as the directions call for- now no need to add your vanilla later 🙂 I do this for my Homemade Chai Tea Recipe- YUM!!

  2. Welcome to the homemade cake mix world!! 🙂

  3. Franziska says:

    Love it. Is there any way to cut back on the sugar?

  4. Laura says:

    I have to disagree about those cookies.

  5. Carol says:

    How much of this mix is equal to a box?

  6. burgundy bonner says:

    How much mix do you use per cake?

  7. Not trying to be lazy, but I just don’t really need cake flour for many recipes, so I’m wondering if I could just use straight all purpose? Any bad experiences with this, ladies? Plus, I’m going to attempt to put some whole wheat flour and sub banana for the butter in a recipe I found that calls for boxed cake mix (my soul died a little, so I feel your pain, but it led me to your post, so yay!). I’m newly diabetic and making a huge lifestyle change in an attempt to change that!

    • Heather says:

      I am not sure how the straight all-purpose would work, but you can make your own cake flour! Just remove 2 tbsp of AP flour for every cup you use and replace it with 2 tbsp of cornstarch. Sift together and you have cake flour!

  8. Angie says:

    What are the directions to make an actual cake with this? And does anyone have fave other recipes that use this mix?

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