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Have you ever been happily making a yummy thing, and get half way into it when you realize you don’t have one of the ingredients?


This happened to the Damsel yesterday, when she attempted to make pumpkin pie squares. The recipe called for a yellow cake mix, and the pantry had no such thing. The solution, though, is so easy that you may decide you don’t need to buy yellow cake mix ever again.

Simply mix:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk (optional)

Store in a baggie or some such. It should keep for months since it’s just dry ingredients. This makes an amount equal to a regular cake mix box of 18.25 oz. Use it in your recipe just like you dumped it out of the box. Or just proceed to use it in your recipe, as the Damsel did yesterday.

Or, yes, you can even bake it into a yellow cake, and chances are, you’ll like it even better than a silly old box cake.

Here’s how:

Preheat oven to 350, and prepare a pan with ye olde grease-and-flour.

1 recipe Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 eggs

Proceed just like with a box cake…combine all ingredients and beat two minutes. Bake carefully at:

8″ or 9″ cake rounds — 20-25 minutes
13 x 9 pan — 35-40 minutes
cupcakes — 12-15 minutes
tube/bundt pan — 45-50 minutes

If you’ve omitted the dry milk from the mix, just replace the 3/4 water with milk. All will be well.

yellow cake

Yellow cake can be yours. No store necessary.

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  • jocelyn

    You’re the WOMAN, Damsel!!!

    • thedamselindisdress

      Jocelyn!!! I loves ya!


  • Pat MacArthur

    Wow! I use yellow cake mix’s for a lot of things, dump cake, cookies, etc! I love getting this recipe and want to try it out just as a plain yellow cake sprinkled lightly with powered sugar! I enjoy getting all your DIY cooking tips which I put aside for the time of a forced “bug out”! /hugs!