I didn't grow up with a mom who used cake mixes, so I've never used them. But one day when I was making my vanilla butter cake and saw one of my quart jars sitting on the counter, I thought, Why not just measure out the dry ingredients for another cake or two while you're at it? After all, it's the measuring or weighing that takes the most time.
The texture of this cake is perfect, tender and fluffy but sturdy enough for layering and easy slicing.
Homemade Cake Mix
1 1/2 cups (10.5 ounces/298 grams) sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk, room temperature
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Or just top slices with lemon curd and whipped cream (as pictured below).