Rather than spend the higher cost of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix, you can save money by making your own using the exact same ingredients. Make a batch to keep on-hand for cravings and unexpected guests.
I swear by using my Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour Blend Recipe to bake gluten free goodies. When your goodies contain heavier ingredients or when you need lighter cakes and muffins, I suggest my Gluten Free Self-Rising Cake Flour Blend Recipe. However, both of these recipes call for “superfine” rice flour. If you cannot or won’t order it online, you probably won’t be able to find it in stores. If this is the case, you may decide to use your favorite high-quality flour blend. Some of my readers use Better Batter or Cup-4-Cup brands.
If you want to make your own low-cost cake mix (including sugar and leavener) for less than $1.75 per box, that is similar to (readers say it’s better than) Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Cake Mix, use the below recipe. It may not be the highest of quality and texture, but it does make wonderful coffee cakes, quick bread, and other heavier-style cakes (lots of butter, etc.) Since the average cost of Betty Crocker’s Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix is about $5.49, you’ll save about $3.75 per box. Use this cake mix in place of one box of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix, in any of their recipes calling for it (see below the recipe). Enjoy!
Note: Check out my Gluten Free Apple Upside Down Cake Recipe that uses this mix.
This recipe is from my upcoming cookbook!
UPDATE – June 23, 2018:
If you’ve checked out this recipe in the past, note that Betty Crocker now uses baking soda instead of baking powder in their gluten free yellow cake mix. This is really odd to me because of one main fact. Baking soda should accompany an acid like buttermilk, vinegar, lemon juice, etc. Otherwise, you will note a baking soda flavor. While the recipes at the below links may have been delicious in the past, I’m not so sure how they will turn out using their current mix. I suggest using this homemade copycat recipe instead unless their recipe calls for an acidic ingredient.
UPDATE – Feb. 24, 2020: Betty Crocker now adds canola oil and cornstarch to their gluten free yellow cake mix. The cornstarch is a great move! Feel free to replace 1/4 cup of the potato starch with cornstarch. However, adding canola oil makes baked goods moister and heavier.
Copycat Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix Recipe
Save money by making your own Betty Crocker gluten free yellow cake mix to keep on hand whenever the mood strikes. You have the option of making cakes that are deep to light yellow, naturally.
For the Mix:
- 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar (6.56 oz.)
- 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons potato starch (4.69 oz.) (or cornstarch)
- 3/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons white rice flour (4.375 oz.)
- 2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder (Rumford, or Featherweight, for corn-free)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1-1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum (or guar gum for completely corn-free)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (optional for color) (the original recipe does not include this)
For the Cake:
- 2/3 cup water
- 6 Tablespoons* unsalted butter, softened (or half coconut oil + half shortening)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla
- 3 large eggs
To Make the Mix:
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined. If desired, sift the mixture to create even lighter cakes and muffins.
- Use in recipes calling for Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix.
To Make the Cake:
- Preheat oven To 350°F*. Oil a 9 x 9-inch pan; and set aside.
- In the bowl of your mixer, beat the cake mix, water, butter, vanilla, and eggs on medium speed until creamy.
- Transfer to the prepared pan and even out.
- Bake on the center shelf of your oven until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Begin testing at about 33 minutes*, though it may take up to 40 minutes or so.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Then slice and frost as desired.
This mix does not make super sweet cake; thus the super grade given to the Betty Crocker gluten free products (not to mention that they are all natural). However, the recipes that Betty Crocker lists (see below) add tons more sweetness. Therefore, if you use the recipe for eating plain, you may wish to add additional sugar.
Using 1/8 teaspoon turmeric creates a very deep yellow/golden cake. You may use less to be closer to a boxed yellow cake recipe.Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix does not contain turmeric, but I like to add for two reasons: color and it is known to be an anti-inflammatory ingredient. Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix does not contain turmeric, but I like to add for two reasons: color and it is known to be an anti-inflammatory ingredient.
I haven't tried using this mix in a plain yellow cake yet, but used the instructions for the above directions on walmart.com at Instructions for Betty Crock Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix. It include bake times for different size pans, and even high-altitude baking. I don't know if they will work exactly with this mix, but I would image it is extremely close.
7/8 cup white rice flour (4.375 oz.) ($3.09 for 24 oz. Bob's Red Mill brand at vitacost.com) = $0.56
7/8 cup granulated sugar (6.56 oz.) ($2.58 for 5 lbs. Walmart Great Value brand) = $0.21
7/8 cup potato starch (4.69 oz.) ($3.99 for 24 oz. Bob's Red Mill brand at vitacost.com) = $0.78
2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder (0.3 oz.) $3.29 for 16 oz. Bob's Red Mill brand at vitacost.com) = $0.06
1/4 teaspoon baking soda (0.1 oz.) $2.09 for 16 oz. Bob's Red Mill brand at vitacost.com) = $0.01
1-1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum (0.1 oz.) ($7.19 for 8 oz. NOW Foods' brand at vitacost.com) = $0.09
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/16 to 1/8 teaspoon turmeric (optional for color)
TOTAL - $1.71
*I have now made this cake plain, using the 8 tablespoons of butter as suggested by Betty Crocker, but it was too heavy (tasted great, though). I suggest using 6 tablespoons of butter instead of the 8. I have updated the recipe accordingly.
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Recipes from me as well as Betty Crocker using their or my Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
Click one of the below links to be directed to my recipe or redirected to the Betty Crocker website:
Gluten Free Apple Upside Down Cake Recipe
Gluten Free Coffee Cake Recipe with Currants and Nuts
Amazing Gluten Free Free Banana Bread
Gluten Free Sweet Buttermilk Cornbread (Dairy-Free Options)
Betty Crocker’s Recipes
Gluten Free Lemon Pound Cake
Gluten-Free Banana Cupcakes with Browned Butter Frosting
Gluten Free Golden Caramel Cake
Gluten-Free Carrot Cake
Gluten-Free Cake Mix Sugar Cookies
Gluten-Free Marble Cake
Gluten-Free Harvest Pumpkin Spice Bars
Gluten-Free Apple Streusel Cheesecake Bars
Gluten Free Holiday Cake with Cranberry Sauce
Gluten-Free Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Gluten-Free Apple Crisp
Gluten-Free Eggnog Breakfast Cake
Gluten-Free Cinnamon and Toasted Pecan Crusted Sweet Potato Cake
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
Gluten-Free Apple Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Walnuts
Gluten-Free Sticky Pecan Caramel Fig Cakes
Gluten-Free Blueberry Corn Muffins
Gluten-Free Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
Gluten-Free Lemon Lover’s Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Gluten-Free Lime Vanilla Freeze
Strawberry Hi-Hat Cupcakes
Lemon-Filled Coconut Cake
Layered Citrus Mini Cakes
Gluten-Free Celebration Trifle
Gluten-Free Tiramisu Cupcakes
Gluten-Free “A Maize ing” Cornbread
Gluten Free Apple Butter Bars
Caramel and Carrot Snack Cake
Citrus Frosted Spice Cake
Gluten-Free Easy Pumpkin Dessert Squares
Gluten-Free Creepy Mini Eyeballs
Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes with Caramel Sea Salt Frosting
Gluten Free Berries and Cream Cake
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