Recipe by pattikay in L.A.
I see all these cool recipes using cake mixes and I usually don't have any on hand. I found this recipe on Recipelink.com, where it is credited as being from Make Your Own Groceries. I've used it, and it does the job! There is another cake mix recipe on this site (#182515), but I thought I'd go ahead and post this one since it is slightly different (it's made with shortening, so it can be made ahead and stored in a plastic bag) and it also includes notes for variations. I'm posting a recipe for a chocolate cake mix as well.
Top Review by sassyfighter
As a baker, I need more batter than what is in a cake mix box to get the required 2 inch layers. I had been buying extra boxes, which led to a lot of waste. I am trying this for the first time and was surprised to see the height of the cakes. I used 1 and 1/3rd the recipe for 2 9 inch layers. I converted everything to grams so that I would have the correct amounts. As the boxes of mixes get smaller, my cakes now will all be the same size. Cake Doctor, you're wrong. Homemade is always better.
- 1 7⁄8 cups cake flour (I used all purpose flour and it was fine)
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄4 cups sugar
- 1⁄2 cup vegetable shortening
Directions See How It's Made
- Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt; stir to blend.
- Mix in sugar.
- Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks crumbly.
- Label and store in a sealed plastic bag at room temperature.
- Makes 1 pakage mix. Each package makes two 8 or 9 inch layers or one 9 x 13 x 2 inch rectangle.
- To Use:.
- Pour 1 package of mix into a mixing bowl;.
- add 3/4 cup milk and 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract.
- Using either an electric or manual rotary beater, beat at slow to medium speed for two minutes (by hand, beat 3 minutes averaging 135 strokes per minute). Scrape the sides of the bowl frequently as you beat.
- Add 2 eggs; beat 1 minute more (2 minutes by hand).
- Grease and dust with flour your choice of pan(s); spread batter evenly in pans.
- Bake round cake pans at 375 degrees F. for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- bake the 9 x 13 x 2 inch pan for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool cake(s) for 10 minutes in their pan(s) before turning out on racks.
- WHITE CAKE.
- Follow the same directions as for Yellow Cake replacing the 2 eggs with 3 unbeaten egg whites. Use an electric mixer for beating.
- SPICE CAKE.
- Add to the package of Yellow Cake Mix: 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves, and a pinch of ground allspice. Follow Yellow Cake directions.
- EXTRACT FLAVORED CAKES.
- Replace the vanilla in either the Yellow or White Cake recipes with 2 to 3 teaspoons of the extract of your choice. You may want to add a few drops of food coloring for the flavors like lemon, orange, or cherry, etc.
- FRESH ORANGE CAKE.
- Pour 1 package of Yellow Cake Mix into a bowl; add 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange peel (1 teaspoon dried). Squeeze the juice from 1 large orange and add to it enough water to measure 1 cup. Add this orange juice to the mix, beat for 2 minutes as directed previously; add 2 eggs; beat and bake as directed.
- Pour cake batter into greased cupcake tins or tins lined with paper baking cups; fill 1/2 to 2/3 full. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 20 to 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Makes about 2 dozen.
- NOTE: To prevent a cake from sticking to its pan, put the pan on a wet towel to cool as soon as you take it out of the oven.