Blame it on the Pumpkin Crumble Cake. I went to make my favorite fall pumpkin treat (because I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie) and I didn’t have a yellow cake mix to top it with. But, then I thought to myself – There’s got to be a way to make yellow cake mix, and it’s got to be better than the boxed stuff.
And it was!
By the way, have you ever read the side of a cake mix box?? Yikes! Making it myself made me feel a whole lot better about eating pumpkin crumble cake, let me tell ya!
I doubled this recipe and measured up all of the ingredients into plastic zippy bags. I used one to top my pumpkin crumble cake and saved the other to make as a regular cake at a later date.
Before I give you the recipe, I wanted to share that while this recipe worked fabulously for the topping I needed on the Pumpkin Crumble Cake, as an actual cake, I did find it lacking compared to our favorite homemade yellow cake. It was delicious, but the top of the cake had a cornbread appearance to it (probably would have been better if I had sifted the ingredients, but it was easily remedied by slapping frosting on the cake!). It also did not rise as much as a boxed mix will, but I figure that’s the trade off for not eating a bunch of chemical compounds. Here’s a photo that gives you an idea of what I’m talking about…
Honestly, I don’t use cake mixes to make cake – I only tried it for this post so I could give an account of how I thought it did against a traditional boxed cake mix. My daughter is the cake baker in this house, and she makes all of hers from scratch, so the lack of perfection isn’t a big deal to me. Using it as a topping was an absolute winner, so I’m happy!
Now for the recipe!
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1½ c. sugar
- ½ c. non-fat powdered milk
- 1 TBSP baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ ts. salt
- Measure out ingredients into a plastic storage bag and label with instructions. If putting in freezer for long term storage, be sure you are using a freezer bag and consider double bagging. However, this mix will last quite a while in the cupboard.
To use as a topping - Simply follow the directions on your recipe for making topping with a cake mix.
NOTE: If you don't want to put dry milk in your mix, use milk to make the cake instead of water!