D.I.Y. Chocolate & Yellow Cake Mixes

diy cake mix

I am that mom who has the best ideas and plans.  Then they all fall through when I walk to my pantry to see that I am out of one or two of the ingredients I need to pull off a masterpiece.  I don’t know if you have ever put 3 kids in the car, buckled them in their car seats, and drove to the store for 1 item, but that is not my idea of fun.

One of those items that I used to always run out of was cake mix, but it my effort to eliminate chemicals from our diets I started making our own, and they are wonderful.  Not only are they easy to make with pantry staples, they are great to give as gifts with the recipe.  Make a gift basket with a couple d.i.y Cake Mixes, a new cake pan, dish towels and a wooden spoon, and you have a great gift!

The one thing I like about this recipe is I can make my own gluten free cake mixes with ease.  If you have looked at the price of Gluten Free Cake mixes they are ridiculous.  This recipe makes it affordable for me to make cupcakes again!

Here is a Printable Cake Mix Directions sheet to print that way you can attach it to your own homemade mixes.

Don’t forget about this Homemade Pancake Mix too! I love stocking my pantry with chemical free items!

5.0 from 4 reviews
D.I.Y. Chocolate & Yellow Cake Mixes
Recipe type: mixes, d.i.y.
  • 2 Cups All purpose Flour
  • 1½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • ½ cup cocoa Powder (for chocolate only)
  1. Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container or baggie. Keeps well in the pantry for up to 6 months.
  2. Above recipe makes one cake mix equivalent to a 18.5 oz boxed mix.
  1. Mix cake mix with ¾ cup milk or milk substitute, 1 tsp vanilla, ½ cup butter or margarine, and 3 eggs. Beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes and Bake at 350 F.
  2. To bake a 8-9 inch round pan 20-25 mins
  3. To Bake 13x9 pan 35-40 mins
  4. To bake cupcakes- 12-15 mins
  5. To bake Tube or Bundt Pan 45-50 mins
  6. Here is a Printable Direction sheet to attach to your mixes
**Gluten Free** Substitute the 2 cups gluten free all purpose flour mix for the all purpose flour OR 1 cup white rice flour, 1 cup corn or potato starch, 1 tsp xanthum gum. **Dairy Free** Use almond milk or other milk substitute and dairy free margarine.



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  1. Caroline says

    OMG, this is going at the top of my bookmarks! I was just thinking about the dessert I’m planning to take to school on Friday and then thought that I better check the pantry for a cake mix. Now it doesn’t matter because I can just make one! Thanks so much!

  2. Sam says

    Thanks for sharing this! So many boxed cake mixes (especially the name-brand ones) contain hydrogenated oil and other ingredients to avoid.

  3. Vicky says

    This is awesome! I love homemade recipes like this and I can give it as a gift too! Thanks! Do you have more???

  4. Kayla says

    I love the recipe but when I make them as cupcakes they are dry. I am wondering what I can do to change this. I’ve added more milk, changing to heavy whipping cream, and still nothing. Any thoughts?

    • Paula Coley says

      Hi Kayla,
      I would assume you over-baked them. Everyone’s oven is different. Add to that the altitude of where you live and baking times need to be adjusted. I always need to reduce my baking temp. or time in order for recipes to come out right. Try adjusting either your baking time or temperature and see if that helps 😉 I’m considered the scratch queen when it comes to cooking and baking. I almost never purchase prepackaged foods and consistently cook from scratch. This recipe is spot on!!

  5. Diane says

    Forgot I had to make a cake for a friends birthday. Looked in the kitchen and realized we didnt have a cake mix. I found this and made it…it is the most delicious homemade cake mix ever. It is also SUPER easy! I would totally recommend making this! =)

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