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What can I substitute for a cake mix???

lezlishoemaker's picture

What can I substitute for a cake mix???

I have a few recipes from my mother-in-law, who I always thought baked from scratch... Come to find out that EVERY SINGLE ONE of her ecipes start with "1 yellow cake mix" or "1 white cake mix"

The problem with this is that I don't recall ever buying a cake mix. I am 25 and grew up baking with my grandmother, who never used a cake mix. I have every other ingredient you could want to make 30 or more cakes, but no CAKE MIX!!!

Can anyone please tell me how to substitute this ingredient?!?

PaddyL's picture

If there are additives to the mix, you could try adding these extras to a scratch cake.

montanagrandma's picture

Cake Mix is just a box that holds all the dry ingrediants you would use to make a double layer cake, you just add your eggs,water and oil. So you can make your own dry mix and go from there. Try to google homemade mixes and see what you  come up with, or for around $1 you can purchase any flavor mix you like, but homemade is always tasty.

 Homemade Yellow Cake Mix:

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup non-fat dry milk

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and non-fat dry milk. Store in an airtight container or baggie. Keeps well in the pantry for months!

To replace in recipes calling for a yellow cake mix:

Use in any recipe calling for a yellow cake mix as a base (add 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla  to the recipe along with the cake mix as the recipe will assume vanilla was included in the store-bought mix).

to make a basic yellow cake,

Cake mix directions:.

1 recipe Homemade Yellow Cake Mix
1 1/4 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 eggs

Place Homemade Yellow Cake Mix in a bowl. Add water, vanilla, butter, and eggs. Combine with an electric mixer then beat two more minutes. Pour into a greased and floured cake pan. Bake at 350-degrees, using these baking times

8″ or 9″ cake rounds — 25-30 minutes
13 x 9 pan — 40-45 minutes
cupcakes — 15-20 minutes
tube/bundt pan — 45-50 minutes

lezlishoemaker's picture

Thank you so much montanagrandma! I will definitely try that out, and let you know how it works out!