25 June 2014

Make Your Own Cake Mix in a Box

Mine ended up being cake mix in a freezer bag, but I digress.

All I wanted to do was make a Dump Cake. In my ever constant (never ending?) attempt to eat more real food and less chemicals, I was a bit frustrated with the "dump a box of cake mix over the top" step in the recipe. Of course, that's not the only recipe like that. There are plenty that include "1 box yellow cake mix" as a single ingredient.

So off to Google I go. While I eventually found the recipe that follows on several blogs, I will credit the first place I saw it -- Brown Eyed Baker. Thankfully, I can now add boxed cake mix to my no-need-to-buy list!

Per the instructions, I used my trusty food processor to easily whip the mix together.

Mixed dry ingredients.

Cubed butter tossed in flour mixture, and pure vanilla extract added.


Here's the recipe. I'll be back later tomorrow with that Dump Cake!

Make Your Own Cake Mix

First seen on Brown Eyed Baker.

For a cake recipe using this mix, visit Mel's Kitchen Cafe.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup milk powder
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 in. cubes, chilled
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract


  1. Add all dry ingredients to bowl of food processor. Mix for about 15 seconds.
  2. Add butter cubes and slightly toss in flour mixture, making sure all are coated. Add vanilla.
  3. Process with 10-15 one-second pulses, until mixture is fine and crumbly -- like boxed cake mix!
  4. Store in freezer bag or container in freezer for up to 2 months. No need to "thaw". Simply use straight from freezer in any recipe calling for cake mix.

Yield: 5+ cups

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  1. Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing and for linking up today!

  2. I have been wanting a homemade cake mix recipe for some tome. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I hope it works for you, Patricia. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I think this is a terrific idea! I featured it on my fb page. Thanks for linking up at Wonderful Wed Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  4. I love this! Pinned! Thanks for stopping by our party last week! We are tickled to have you. Please come and party with us tonight at 7 pm. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  5. Thanks so much for linking up with Teach Me Tuesday @3GLOL last week. Your link up is very much appreciated! Hope to see you again this week. Starts tonight @8pm CST. http://3glol.net/2014/06/30/teach-tuesday/

    Have a great day!

  6. Thank you for coming by the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop and linking up your fabulous post. Hope to see you there this week! (7pm EST Tuesday)

  7. Very cool! I'm also looking to minimize the use of boxed mixes but sometimes you just need an easy desert to make in a hurry. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. :)


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