Copycat Duncan Hines Boxed Cake Mix

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

This cake tastes like a boxed white cake mix only better, it has never failed me yet, it is a recipe that I use over and over again for the *perfect* white cake, and so easy to make too! really anything can be addded to this cake, tiny chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, add in some food colouring for a pastel coloured cake with matching frosting, this makes a wonderful birthday cake!--------- * NOTE* as one reviewer stated they omitted the salt, omitting the salt will change the texture of this cake completely, so please do *not* omit, using butter-flavor Crisco is acceptable but will alter the taste somewhat but not the texture ;-)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Set oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Set oven rack to second-lowest position.
  3. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan, and line bottom of pan with parchment paper.
  4. In a medium or large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the sugar and shortening until no granules remain (about 4 minutes).
  5. Add in eggs and almond extract (if using); beat very well for 5 minutes on high speed.
  6. In a small bowl sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
  7. Add to the creamed mixture along with the buttermilk; mix well until blended (about 2-3 minutes).
  8. Transfer to a prepared baking pan.
  9. Bake on second-lowest oven rack for 30-35 minutes (check for doneness after 25 minutes, this cake bakes fast!).


Most Helpful

This is an excellent recipe, add egg whites only for a true white cake. Whole eggs make it closer to a yellow cake. By increasing the ingredients by 5 and omitting the wet ingredients you can make this in to a mix and save for future use. To make cake: 5 cups of mix to 1 cups buttermilk, 3 egg whites, 2 t vanilla, 1/2 t almond. Mix well and bake. I make cakes a lot and this is a good mix to have on hand. The amount of servings was missing so I submited a request to show 12 servings, so the nutrition facts are correct.

Chef toone October 28, 2007

This cake at the moment looks great. I like the color of the cake and how light it feels when I press on it. I'm waiting for it to cool a little, before I cut it. I was asked to make birthday cake for a baby.. I have many recipes that I came up with, which are all great, but I wanted to try something different and interesting like finding something close to Duncan Hines. Duncan Hines is the best around. No disrespect to all others intended, just my opinion. I followed the recipe to a "T", doubling the recipe for a 11 by 15. turned out great. Here I go to try it. Fingers crossed. My goodness, PURELY EXCELLENT!

mcduffy June 30, 2011

Wonderful! The texture is just what I had expected. Nice and fluffy. Taste was superb. I doubled this recipe and kept half original and the other half I stirred in 5 blocks melted dark baking chocolate and marbled the two together (pan was 13" round by 3" deep)

Kathihime February 24, 2009

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