Basic Cake Mix Recipe

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After preparing Fredrica Hanson's simple mix, you'll have enough to make three moist cakes. So you can try the Neosho, Missouri baker's white cake for an after-dinner delight or her spice cake for a short-on-time snack.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES:27 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
MAKES: 27 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups shortening
  • 3-1/2 cups sugar
  • 5-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS FOR WHITE CAKE:
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Frosting of your choice
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS FOR SPICE CAKE:
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Frosting of your choice

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 326 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 511 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture until blended and crumbly. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 3 months. Yield: about 11 cups (enough for three cakes).
  2. To prepare white cake: In a bowl, combine 3-1/2 cups cake mix, egg whites, milk and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting. Yield: 9 servings.
  3. To prepare spice cake: In a bowl, combine 3-1/2 cups cake mix, eggs, milk and spices. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Basic Cake Mix in Quick Cooking March/April 2002, p19

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 326 calories, 13 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 511 mg sodium, 46 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

I have used this cake mix many times. But beware, the amount of salt is way, way off. I'd say for sure half the amount that;s called for. ( I don't really remember the exact amount that I used the following times that I made this mix)

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