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Master Baking Mix

I always keep this versatile baking mix handy so I can whip up a sweet treat for unexpected guests. —Ruby Love, Deer Island, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    14-1/2 cups


  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/3 cup baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 cups shortening


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, milk powder, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Store in airtight container in a cool, dry place or freeze for up to 6 months.
  • Master Baking Mix may be used to prepare the following recipes: Fruit Cobbler, Blueberry Quick Bread and Yellow Cake.

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  • snker0521
    Mar 29, 2020

    I am glad someone posted how to use it for pancakes. But if it is so versatile, why not say how much to use for each idea so we don't have to experiment and waste it.

  • DaniCalifornia
    Sep 6, 2012

    No comment left

  • coffeeandcream
    Aug 1, 2012

    i made the recipe for yellow cake, using milk instead of water and 1/4 cup less sugar and i used cake flour. it worked very well.

  • schoolin' mom
    Jan 10, 2011

    The only thing I have ever used this recipe for is pancakes. I use 2 c. of the baking mix, 2 tbs of oil, 1 1/2 c milk, and one egg. They are mouth-watering and delicious, especially when you use part buttermilk.

  • Julie20fan
    Jun 19, 2010

    I too had problems with this recipe. It tasted aweful. I won't make this again.

  • lakesidestitcher
    Jul 11, 2009

    I, too, had trouble with the Master Baking Mix. I made the Blueberry Quick Bread and when baked, it was very crumbly. I'm wondering if the use of shortening, instead of oil, is the problem. Any suggestions?

  • Aneeley
    Oct 4, 2008

    You need a HUGE mixing bowl to make the recipe in. It came out over the top of my KitchenAid mixer. I used this mix in the Yellow Cake recipe on this site and it came out horrible. I don't know if it was the Master Baking Mix that made the cake so bad or the Yellow Cake recipe that did it. It almost seems like this recipe is good for biscuits rather than any cake mix. I have no idea what to do with the rest of the batch I have sitting in my freezer.