Homemade Cake Mix

The simple combination that makes cake baking so much easier!! This homemade cake mix gives you the ease of store-bought cake mixes but with all the comforts of home.

Homemade cakes are so much fun to make! However, sometimes all you want is an easy recipe to throw together last minute. No sifting, mixing, whipping, or long waiting periods are needed to get your homemade cakes in the oven!

With this homemade cake mix, you can stop worrying about having all the ingredients and start making amazing cakes in record timing! And the best part is, no one will ever know the difference. 🙂

canister of bulk homemade cake mix

What To Love About This Recipe:

  1. Easy to store and save: This recipe will last in the pantry or on the counter in an airtight container for about 3 months.
  2. Almost instant homemade cake: With just a few added ingredients and a little mixing, you’ll have a homemade cake in the oven.
  3. Makes a large batch: You won’t have to remake this every time you want to make some cake. It makes a large enough amount that you’ll have it on hand for awhile.
  4. Tastes like homemade cake: No one will be able to tell the difference between this recipe and traditional homemade cake.
canister of bulk homemade cake mix

What is Homemade Cake Mix?

Homemade cake mix is a combination of flour, sugar, baking powder, powdered milk, shortening, and salt that can be stored for later and used to make multiple different types of cake.

With the same mixture, you are able to make chocolate cake, white wedding cake, traditional yellow cake, spice cake, and so much more!

How do I store Homemade Cake Mix?

This cake mix can be stored in a large airtight container either on the counter or in your pantry for up to 3 months. No refrigeration is required and it won’t go bad sitting on the counter.

Can I freeze this cake mix? Yes! Freeze in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

homemade cake mix in a mixing bowl

Can I make this without shortening?

If you would rather not use shortening, butter can be substituted. However, you’ll need to store it in the fridge and the cake mix will not keep as long. The flavor or texture of your cake should not be different.

How to Make Homemade Cake Mix

  1. Add. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, dry milk, and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. Combine. Add the shortening to the mixture and use a pastry cutter or hands to mix the shortening in. The texture should be crumbly but the shortening should be fully mixed in.
  3. Store. Store in one or multiple airtight containers on the counter or pantry.
cake batter in a mixing bowl with spatula

How to Use This Cake Mix

We have many recipes coming, but here are a few to start!

homemade cake mix in jar
homemade cake mix in jar

Bulk Homemade Cake Mix

4.78 from 18 votes
A simple combination of ingredients that makes homemade cake – baking a breeze!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
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Total Time 10 minutes



  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and powdered milk.
  • Using a pastry cutter or other mixing utensil, mix the shortening into the dry ingredients. Once fully incorporated the mixture should be crumbly.
  • Store in a large airtight container in the pantry or on the counter for up to 3 months.
  • Right above this recipe box you'll find links to our recipes using this mix.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake mix, pantry

About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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I would love to try this mix but I need instructions for using it after it’s made.
eg,- additional ingredients and amounts etc.

I think I am going to try making the dry Mix and adding the butter or oil when I actually make the cake so it’s shelf stable longer. Thanks for the bulk recipe

Can this mix be frozen?

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Hi! I have another question. I have been baking a couple cakes with this mix and it keeps sinking. I’ve found raising the temperature helps some but still finding issues. I live in Utah so a bit higher altitude than sea level. Do you think I should add more flour to the mix and less sugar? Do you have a suggested amount I should change it too? The cakes baked part taste delicious though so I’d love to get it to work where I’m at 😋

Can you use this instead of a boxed cake mix if a recipe calls for a boxed cake mix?? A lot of the recipes on this site ask for cake mix and would like to know if I could use this instead of buying boxes? 🙂

Do you have the same recipe with the exception of shortening/ butter, so it can be listed in the added ingredients in the cake recipes?

How many cupcakes would this recipe yield?

I have 2 questions:
#1 How many cakes will the bulk recipe yield?
#2 Do you have recipes for using the bulk mix to make chocolate cake or spice cake?

Last edited 3 years ago by ELIZABETH

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Hi. Thank you for this recipe and idea. I have one question. What is the recommended measurements of the mixture and added wet ingredients to make an average sized cake? Thank you.

Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve been doing more baking since the pandemic and wanted a way to make homemade cake so that I can control how much cake I bake at a time. I have a question about the shortening. What specific type/brand of shortening do you find works best?

It doesn’t say how to make the actual cake. Do you need to add oil with the shortening already added? Can you add cocoa to make chocolate cake?