Next time you want a chocolate cake, instead of reaching for a box grab a homemade chocolate cake mix. You can whip up several in just a few minutes and there are no preservatives. Taking it from the jar to cake batter just takes a couple of standard ingredients and almost no effort.
A jar of homemade chocolate cake mix is handy to have in your pantry. It would also make a fun small gift for family and friends.
The mix itself comes together in just a minute or two. While you have the ingredients out you might as well make a few.
In fact, the mix itself only takes five ingredients. Of course you will need some flour.
For the most tender cake, use cake flour. You can actually make your own cake flour by using flour and cornstarch.
If you don’t want to go through the extra step, feel free to use all purpose flour. It will be tasty either way, but cake flour will give more of a box mix texture.
Add some sugar and cocoa powder. Stir in some salt and baking soda and then you are done.
Just spoon the mixture into a quart sized jar. Alternatively you can put them in plastic bags.
They can be stored at room temperature for several months. Then just grab one and make a cake whenever you would like.
Turning the Mix into Cake
Be sure to include the baking instructions on a tag with the jar. Or write them directly on the plastic bag.
That way you don’t have to scrambled to whip up your batter. The directions will be right there.
To make the cake, pour the mix into a large bowl. Add eggs, vanilla, oil and milk then beat it together.
See, it is about the same amount of effort as using a box. Then pour it into a prepared cake pan or cupcake liners.
That’s it! You’ll have a delicious chocolate cake.
You can also use a cake mix to make all sorts of other treats. Check out our collection of recipes that start with a cake mix for more tasty ideas.
More Easy Homemade Mix Ideas
Make your own brownie mix so you can have rich fudgy homemade brownies at a moment’s notice. Store the mix in glass jars or plastic bags and keep them for yourself or give them as simple gifts.
You can also pre-mix the dry ingredients for beer bread and store them in a jar or bag. When it time, just add the beer and bake it off.
Sugar cookie mix with sprinkles is another fun giftable jar recipe. Match the sprinkle colors to the time of year and it’s ready to go!
For a non-edible gift idea, try making snickerdoodle sugar scrub. It’s made from pantry staples and can smooth your skin.
Frosting ideas for your chocolate cake
Now that you have your cake covered, we need something tasty to top it with. We all know I think the frosting makes the cake, so here are some great options.
For a classic and fat free option, try seven minute frosting. It is light, airy and is perfect on moist chocolate cake.
Another fun option is caramel cream cheese frosting. It is made with a can of condensed milk, so you know it is going to be good!
Love this recipe? Give it a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ review in the recipe card below!
Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix
- Ball Mason 32 oz Wide Mouth Jars
- 2 ¾ of cups flour
- ½ cup of cocoa powder
- 1 ½ cups of sugar
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- Pinch of salt
To Make The Cake
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- ½ cup of vegetable oil
- ¾ cup of milk
- 1 cup hot water
To Make The Mix
- Mix together all of the ingredients and spoon into a quart jar or plastic bag for storage. Be sure to include baking instructions for reference later.
To Bake the Cake or Cupcakes
- Mix the eggs, vanilla and oil into the dry mix until batter is smooth.
- Stir in the milk.
- Add hot water a little bit at a time, stirring until just combined after each addition.
- Scoop batter into 24 cupcake liners or a 9×13 cake pan.
- Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes for cupcakes or 350°F for 25 minutes for a cake. The cake is done when it springs back when lightly touched with a finger.