Homemade Devil’s Food Cake Mix

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Homemade Devil’s Food Cake Mix is quick and easy to make. Ditch the boxed mix and whip up this simple freezer-ready cake mix recipe.

Read on to find out how to make and store Homemade Devil’s Food Cake Mix and learn how you can make it into some easy but delicious recipes.

Devil's Food Cake Mix - Ditch the boxed mix and whip up this simple freezer-ready cake mix.

There’s a certain point in your baking life when you become ashamed to use a boxed cake mix.

It’s not just about the possibly questionable ingredients that show up in shelf-stable mixes. Bakers as well as cooks strive to impress with our creations, from a simple yet flavorful salsa, to the most delicate and crumbly scone.

Making something from a mix? Well, that’s just buying your way to praise.

I don’t think this way all the time. After all, I have two kids, two diabetic cats (which take up a surprising amount of time for care), multiple freelance jobs, and a garden that is doing extremely well cultivating weeds and fire ant hills.

But I still like cake. And I like cake more when it comes to me faster.

How to make homemade cake mix

Granted, cake doesn’t take that much time to mix up to begin with, but if you can make a shortcut, why not do it?

It’ll also mean there’s less dishes and measuring cups you have to wash, which I always enjoy. (Even if my husband does most of the dishes.)

This Homemade Devil’s Food Cake Mix is just as easy as running to the store to buy your favorite boxed mix. And because the recipe actually makes enough for two cake mixes, so you could say it’s really half as easy.

To make it, just add all of the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor. Give them a good blitzing in the food processor and you’re done!

How to store homemade cake mix

Storing your Devil’s Food Cake Mix is just as easy as making it. Instead of setting aside room in the pantry, you need to set aside a little room in your freezer.

Divide the cake mix into two airtight containers, with about 3 ½ cups of mix in each and freeze for up to two months.

I store mine in a quart glass jar, but you can use a freezer-proof plastic bag. The jars are easy to dress up for gift-giving, however

Devil’s food cake mix recipes

When you’re ready to bake using Homemade Devils Food Cake Mix, just mix in eggs and water and you’ll look like a kitchen genius.

Note that this is best suited for 8-inch cake or cupcakes. While it works perfectly fine in [amazon_textlink asin=’B06ZZFN9GC’ text=’9-inch cake pans’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’stetted-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’bfbe86e6-a7f9-11e8-bc14-f166867553e3′], you won’t really get the height many expect from layer cakes.

I’ll let you in on a little secret — those box mixes don’t achieve lofty heights when made using the printed instructions. You need two boxes to make the cake shown on their packaging!

This mix is the equivalent of two boxes, so if you want a tall cake, just use the entire batch.

I enjoy using Devil’s Food Cake Mix in my Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes recipe. They’re the perfect easy seasonal cupcake recipe for all your holiday parties.

You could also make my Black Forest Cake recipe quicker and easier by using this mix for the cake layers. Spend your time focusing on the cherry filling and frosting instead. No one would even guess that you started with a cake mix.

If you’d like to top your Devil’s Food Cake or cupcakes with a simple chocolate frosting, try the frosting from Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake.

Homemade Devil's Food Cake Mix
Homemade Devil's Food Cake Mix

Homemade Devil’s Food Cake Mix

Homemade chocolate cake mix, adapted from Food Fanatic
4.12 from 42 votes
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Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 281 kcal


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract


  • In a large food processor, mix together dry ingredients until well-blended.
  • Add butter and vanilla and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Divide mixture in half (about 3 1/2 cups) and pour into two large Mason jars or freezer bags.
  • Store in the freezer for up to 2 months.


To make the cake
1 jar cake mix
1 1/4 cup warm water
2 large eggs
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two 8-inch cake pans and line the bottom with parchment paper.
Beat mix, water, and eggs together until few lumps remain. Divide between cake pans.
Bake for about 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Calories: 281 kcalCarbohydrates: 41 gProtein: 3 gFat: 12 gSaturated Fat: 7 gCholesterol: 31 mgSodium: 443 mgFiber: 1 gSugar: 26 g
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    1. Instant coffee enhances the chocolate. I put it in all my chocolate cake recipes and in chocolate puddings.

      1. I add the instant coffee to my Hershey cakes,,,, in fact, i have made a hot chocolate poke cake, To die for!

    1. Sorry for the confusion Mayssam! Each jar is the equivalent of 1 box of cake mix. You’ll be able to make either TWO 8-inch or 6-inch layers, or ONE 9-inch layer, or about 18 cupcakes with each jar. The whole recipe makes 2 jars/2 box equivalents.

  1. Hello, thanks for posting this. Wondering if I leave out any oils/butter in recipes that call for devil’s food mix since you have already included butter in your mix? Thanks!

    1. Hi Laura, I do leave out the added oil due to the butter in this mix recipe – be sure to add the eggs, though!

    2. Hi Megan, thanks for the recipe. I’m planning to make this for my hubby’s birthday cake. Just wondering is dry milk and powdered milk the same? Can I use full fat instead of nonfat? Thankies!

  2. Hi Megan, thanks for the recipe. I’m planning to make this for my hubby’s birthday cake. Just wondering is dry milk and powdered milk the same? Can I use full fat instead of nonfat? Thankies!

  3. Hi Megan,
    So typically I purchase a box of devil’s food cake mix and then mix it with a can of pumpkin purée, no other added ingredients; I would like to do something similar with this recipe. Do you think I could leave out the butter and vanilla when mixing these ingredients, and then just add the vanilla when I add the pumpkin? Thanks!

    1. Hi Hannah! I think this could work, but I’m not entirely sure as I haven’t tried it. I love chocolate pumpkin cake, so if you try this let me know how it turns out!

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