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Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

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Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

I think that every person encounters an occasion that requires cake at least once a month – perhaps even once a week.

We use cake to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and engagements…and then, of course, there are the cakes that help us survive breakups, loss, and a really difficult Tuesday afternoon. I know I’m not the only one that sees cake as a totally viable way to handle a cruddy Tuesday.

I also would venture to bet that few moms out there haven’t encountered this beauty of a phrase: “Mom, I told my teacher you would make cupcakes for the class… tomorrow.”

 If you find yourself in one of these situations – perhaps discovering that your coworker’s birthday is tomorrow, or just simply needing some cake and needing it now– there is no denying the convenience of a boxed cake mix. They’re quick, easy, and a real lifesaver in just about any dessert emergency.

This homemade yellow cake mix takes just a few minutes to pull together and uses ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. In a matter of minutes, you will have the equivalent of two boxed cake mixes in your freezer, ready to go at a moment’s notice the next time your child tells you that he needs 2-dozen cupcakes tomorrow.

And because you made the mix yourself, you can feel good knowing that, while your family may be indulging a little with their cake, at least they aren’t having their preservatives and eating them, too.

This is my latest recipe for Food Fanatic but, as always, you can get the recipe right here.

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Monday 20th of June 2016

Does the mix have to thaw before mixing with the warm water? Sorry if that's a dumb question but I've never started with a frozen mix before.


Friday 21st of August 2015

Thank you so much for posting this. Once upon a time I had a similar recipe and lost it. Thanks again!


Monday 24th of August 2015

You are most welcome! :-)


Tuesday 20th of January 2015

Is there a substitute for the non-fat dry milk? Thanks!


Tuesday 21st of June 2016

I read almond flour can be used in place of milk powder. I haven't tried it yet though.


Thursday 22nd of January 2015

Hi Jenifer - You really do need the dry milk in there for flavor and to help keep the cake moist. I have heard that you can get soy milk powder if dairy is the issue for you.


Saturday 17th of January 2015

Could I add cocoa powder to make chocolate cake mix? If so, how much?


Sunday 18th of January 2015

Hi Ami - I have never tried this, so I really am not sure how much to add. You will need to use less flour, though, to compensate. Check out some chocolate cake recipes to get an idea of how much cocoa powder they call for.

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