Spice Cake Mix

By Erin Huffstetler | 12/16/2016 | 3 Comments

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This spice cake mix makes a spice cake that is wonderfully fragrant and flavorful. Keep a jar in your pantry, so you can quickly whip one up whenever a craving strikes.

Spice Cake Mix

Prep Time:

5 mins


2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups dark brown sugar
3 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice Here’s my recipe
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

What You Do:

Spice Cake Ingredients

Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Then, use your cake mix right away, or store it in an air-tight container for later. It fits in a quart jar perfectly.

Tip: Spoon the flour into your measuring cups, instead of using your measuring cups to scoop it out. Scooping will put extra flour in the recipe, and your cake won’t come out as light and fluffy.

Free Printable Spice Cake Mix Labels

Spice Cake Labels

Here are some free, printable labels that you can use to label your spice cake mix. The back label includes all of the baking instructions for easy reference.

You can print these on any full-sheet shipping labels. One option is Avery 8165 for inkjets, or Avery 5265 for laser printers.

If it’s a mix that I plan to keep in my pantry on an ongoing basis, I print my labels on vinyl sheet. This makes the labels waterproof, and allows me to wash the jar each time I empty it.

Vinyl Sheet for Inkjet Printers | Vinyl Sheet for Laser Printers

Printing to vinyl is just as easy as printing to regular label stock, but if you have a laser printer, take a minute to look up the fuser temperature in your owners manual to make sure the vinyl you’re ordering is rated to withstand that temperature.

I recommend using a jar with smooth sides, so the label goes on well. Ball sells a smooth quart jar that I’ve been using for my mixes. You’ll find them at just about any craft store.

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Homemade Spice Cake Mix

Use this recipe to make your own spice cake mix. It’s better than a box mix, and cheaper, too.

  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, myfrugalhome.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cake mix 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American


  • 21/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 11/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Mix all the ingredients together, until well combined. Then, use right away, or store in an air-tight container.


Use in place of one box of store-bought spice cake mix.

How to Use Your Cake Mix:

You can use your homemade cake mix in any recipe that calls for a box of spice cake mix. Just add a teaspoon or two of vanilla extract to the recipe, and it should turn out great.

Cost to make: $1.31 (less if you buy your ingredients on sale)

Here’s how to use your mix to make a spice cake from scratch.

Spice Cake Recipe

This recipe will make (1) 13×9″ cake or (2) 8×8″ or 9×9″ cakes.

Use my Pan Substitutions Chart to look up other pan sizes that will work.


1 homemade spice cake mix
1 stick butter, softened
3 large eggs, beaten
1-1/4 cup milk
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

What You Do:

Put Spice Cake Mix in MixerPlace the cake mix in a mixer (or mixing bowl). While I made mine in a mixer, there’s no reason you can’t make it by hand.

Add Butter to Spice Cake MixCut the butter into small pieces, and add it to the mixer. Let it run until it’s well incorportated.

Add Egg Mixture to Cake Mix

Add the eggs and vanilla, and continue mixing.

Spice Cake BatterThen, slowly add the milk, and mix just until the batter comes together. If you want to keep the cake light and fluffy, it’s important not to overwork the batter.

Pour Cake Batter into PanButter and flour your cake pan(s). Then, pour the batter into the pan(s), and bake in a 350 degree oven. Allow 30 minutes for a 13″x9″ cake, and 28 minutes for 8″x8″ or 9″x9″ cakes. Your cake is ready when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Spice Cake with Cream Cheese FrostingAllow your spice cake to cool. Then, top it with your favorite frosting. I recommend this cream cheese frosting.


Homemade Spice Cake

Here’s how to make a homemade spice cake, without buying a box of spice cake mix.

  • Author: Erin Huffstetler, myfrugalhome.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 13x9 cake or 2 8x8 or 9x9 cakes 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 My Frugal Home Spice Cake Mix (see website for recipe)
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 11/4 cup milk
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract


Dump cake mix into mixing bowl.

Cut up butter, and work it into the mix.

Beat eggs in a small bowl; add the vanilla.

Add the egg mixture to your batter. Stir to combine.

Slowly add milk, and stir just long enough to bring everything together.

Butter and flour your cake pan(s).

Pour your batter into your pan(s).

Bake at 350. 28 minutes for 8×8 or 9×9 cakes. 30 minutes for a 13×9 cake. Your cake is done, when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Cool all the way before frosting.


  • Makes (1) 13×9 cake, or (2) 8×8 or 9×9 cakes.

Psst …

You can also use this spice cake mix to make a mug cake. This video shows you how.



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  1. Hi Erin.
    Can I make this recipe into cupcakes? If I can what temperature do I set my oven to, and how many minutes do I back them for?
    Please let me know.

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