Better than a box mix white cake recipe

4 Mar


white Cake From Scratch

I often hear people say they don’t have time to make a cake from scratch so they use a packet mix. I am here to dump all over that argument.

This super fast and simple white cake uses stuff you already have in the pantry and takes mere moments to throw together. Don’t have an electric mixer? Beat it by hand like I did. Scared it will fail? Don’t be – it is fool-proof and requires no specialist equipment or knowledge.

Unlike a packet mix you know exactly what is going into this cake – real, actual ingredients that your great-grandmother would recognise. No fake flavours or artificial colours, just the backbone of baking recipes the world over: butter, milk, sugar, flour, eggs. You could even leave the vanilla out if you didn’t have any and the end result would still be a beautiful cake that you can dress up or down. Throw some ganache over the top, make buttercream frosting, sprinkle over icing sugar or make a simple icing sugar and boiling water paste and drizzle over.

In my local supermarket a 1kg bag of self-raising flour costs 75 cents, butter $1.30 and a bag of sugar is $1. Much cheaper than some of the packet mixes on the shelves.

Just bake this delicious white cake it and promise me you will never buy a cake mix again.


115 grams butter at room temperature, diced

¾ cup caster sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups plan flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk

White cake from scratch -  The Hungry Mum


Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease and line a 20cm round cake pan with non-stick baking paper.

Sift together the flour and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside.

Cream together the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy – you can do this by hand or in the bowl of an electric mixer.

Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add the vanilla.

Sift the flour mix over the batter and beat until combined, then add the milk and beat until all mixed together.

Pour into the pan and bake for 35 – 40 minutes / until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Sit in pan for ten minuted before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

When cold ice or decorate however you want. I used my buttercream icing / frosting: buttercream icing / frosting:

125 grams butter, diced, at room temperature

1 cup sifted icing sugar

A few tablespoons milk

Beat butter in bowl of electric mixer on high for three minutes or until pale.

Turn beater off then sift over the icing sugar. Put beaters on low and beat to combine, then add enough milk to make a spreadable consistency. Use a palette knife to evenly spread over the top of the cake.

White cake from scratch



16 Responses to “Better than a box mix white cake recipe”

  1. Carolyn Page March 4, 2016 at 11:51 am #

    It does sound easy, you’re right.
    OK, I’ll give it a go. If I can make scones, surely I can make this!!! 🙂

  2. SweetRevelations March 4, 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    Looks and sounds yum!! It’s hard to find a good vanilla cake from scratch!

    • The Hungry Mum April 24, 2016 at 1:10 am #

      Thanks Renee, I agree – a good vanilla cake is a thing of beauty! I made this cake again yesterday 🙂

  3. Anita Kushwaha March 4, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

    So pretty! My mom would love this. White cakes are her favourite. 🙂

  4. Sadie's Nest March 5, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    Hard to beat a good white cake! Yum 🙂

  5. myyellowjumper March 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    Looks delicious! I agree, baking from scratch is easy and so much better for you than bought cakes :-))

  6. Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella March 6, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

    With packet mixes you still have to add some ingredients and mix it right? So it just saves measuring flour and sugar? I can’t see why you wouldn’t just make it from scratch like this.

  7. White House Red Door March 6, 2016 at 11:52 pm #

    I completely agree with you about baking from scratch! It doesn’t take that much more time to measure out the ingredients… and as you said, it really does end up being less expensive, not to mention you are in control of the ingredients! Beautiful cake (and I LOVE the cake stand!).

    • The Hungry Mum March 7, 2016 at 12:48 am #

      Oh, thank you! Yes, cake mixes are such a waste of money and don’t save you much time.

  8. ChgoJohn March 7, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    This is a great looking cake and I’m a big fan of cream cheese frosting. I’m not one to bake many cakes but I will be sure to look this recipe up the next time I do. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Kimmiz Kreations April 25, 2016 at 7:14 am #

    I think I want to live where you do. The food stores here where I live charge close to $3.00 for flour, $3.25 for sugar and $4.50 for butter, no joke!!! Either way, I am always looking for a good white cake recipe and yours I will most definitely try, thank you Mum.


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