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Spice Cake from Yellow Cake Mix

Need a spiced cake mix but cannot find one in the store? Create one yourself using a yellow cake mix.

What is a Spice Cake Mix made of?

A spice cake mix is a special combination of five ingredients:

  • yellow cake mix
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • ginger
  • allspice
spice cake mix ingredients labeled

I was recently developing an apple spice dump cake, which is made with a spice cake mix. I searched a few stores and could not find that variety of cake mix. This is not the first time that I have had trouble finding a mix. It seems to be a hit-or-miss thing.

I have substituted a yellow cake mix for a spice mix in the past, but the result was not quite the same. A friend told me to make my own with some spices and a yellow cake mix. She shared her spice cake mix recipe with me and said I could pass it onto you.

This cake mix uses four spices that you probably have on hand. You need ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, and ground ginger.

True allspice is made from a dried fruit from a special myrtle tree that is grown in various warm places around the world. The allspice most commonly sold in the US is a mixture of three baking spices.

How to Make a Spice Cake Mix from a Yellow Cake Mix

You start out with a yellow cake mix. I often use a generic store brand, but any brand will work. I put that in a bowl and add the ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground allspice, and ground ginger. There isn’t very much of each spice, but they really make a difference.

collage of preparing a doctored cake mix

What about special diets?

This baking hack can be done for someone that is gluten-free, sugar-free, or vegan. Here are some options for each of those special dietary needs.

Can I make a Gluten-Free Spice Cake Mix?

Yes, you can create a spiced cake mix that is gluten-free by using the proper GF box mix. Here are two gluten-free cake mixes:

You also need to make sure you use gluten-free spices. All of Badia spices are gluten-free. Each McCormick and Great Value spices will indicate if they are gluten-free on the label.

Is there a Sugar-Free Yellow Cake Mix?

There is a difference between sugar-free and no sugar added. The following yellow cake mixes are sugar-free:

Vegan Yellow Cake Mixes

Veganism is gaining popularity, therefore there are several choices of baking mixes. Here are a couple of vegan cake mixes that you can use to create a spice cake:

What can I make with a spice cake mix?

A Doctored Spice Cake Mix is very versatile and can be made into many other desserts such as an Apple Spice Dump Cake, spice cookies, pumpkin donuts or muffins, or a Pumpkin Cake.

ingredients for a spice cake mix

What are you going to make with your cake mix?

Yield: 1 mix

Create a Spice Cake Mix

Create a Spice Cake Mix

Need a spice cake mix but cannot find one in the store? Try this easy recipe that uses a boxed yellow cake mix.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined.
  2. Bake the cake according to directions on the cake box or recipe.


This recipe works for a gluten-free, sugar-free, or vegan cake mix.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4Carbohydrates: 1g

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Alexis AKA MOM

Friday 23rd of September 2016

Great idea!

Diana Rambles

Friday 23rd of September 2016

Thank you! Check out the cake I just made with it. Posted now.

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