Duncan Hines Cake Mixes


It has been decades since I’ve tried Duncan Hines Cake Mixes, so this is an informational review post only. I cannot give this product line a rating or offer personal notes on the taste, texture, etc. But if you have tried it, please do leave a comment with your own review!

Updated! Duncan Hines Cake Mixes were a standard at many of our childhood celebrations, and continue to be a way for people to produce a spot on, birthday-worthy, cost-effective dessert with little fuss and no muss! Plus, the flavors have been specially formulated (in a lab no less!) to perfectly greet our taste buds, and the leavening is added in just the right ratios to create a nearly foolproof cake.

Though Duncan Hines Cake Mixes don’t make it into my shopping cart these days (please note that they contain many artificial ingredients and hydrogenated oils), they are a go-to for millions of people. These highly accessible boxes have gained quite a following in the dairy-free community, especially when frugality and ease is in order. Yes, most Duncan Hines Cake Mixes are Kosher Parve (OU) and contain no dairy ingredients . But use caution, as some do contain milk. At last check, I found the following varieties to be milk-free by ingredients (always verify for yourself as ingredients and labeling can change!):

Dairy-Free Duncan Hines Cake Mixes - Most varieties are kosher parve, and we tell you how to make them vegan, too!

Again, this is just a list to give you ideas for what Duncan Hines Cake Mixes might be accessible for dairy-free needs. Always read the ingredient statement and verify on processes where severe milk allergies are concerned!

Make it Vegan

The dairy-free Duncan Hines Cake Mixes are typically vegan, too (the Angel Food Cake does contain eggs). However, they call for eggs in the instructions. To circumvent this, you can use 1 15-ounce can of pumpkin or 1 12-ounce carbonated beverage (soda water, cola, etc) in place of the eggs, oil, AND liquid called for.

Dairy-Free Duncan Hines Frosting

If you need a convenient topping, some of the Frosting Tubs are dairy-free, too! Please note that like the Duncan Hines Cake Mixes, the Frosting Tubs are made with highly processed ingredients. That said, I found the following flavors were made without milk ingredients.

  • Creamy Home-Style Classic Vanilla
  • Creamy Home-Style Coconut Pecan
  • Creamy Home-Style Butter Cream
  • Creamy Home-Style Dark Chocolate Fudge
  • Creamy Home-Style Lemon Supreme
  • Creamy Home-Style Cream Cheese (not the Whipped!)
  • Creamy Maple Spice
  • Creamy Salted Caramel
  • Creamy Chocolate Mint
  • Whipped Vanilla
  • Whipped Fluffy White
  • Whipped Chocolate

This is for informational purposes only. Always read the label and check with the manufacturer if potential cross-contamination is an issue for you.

The Facts on Duncan Hines Cake Mixes

Certifications: Many of the Duncan Hines Cake Mixes are Certified Kosher Parve.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, these Duncan Hines Cake Mixes are dairy-free / non-dairy, and most are also egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.

For More Product Information: Visit the Duncan Hines website at www.duncanhines.com.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I’m transitioning my family into eating dairy free foods, for health reasons as well as improving our diet. I really appreciate the tips, they are very helpful.

    • Did you report this to the company? There shouldn’t be any dairy in the cake ingredients (as shown on the box and website), but as noted, if you are sensitive to traces, then always contact companies before consumption. There are no hard and fast rules on disclosure of cross-contamination potential or allergen protocols.

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