Homemade Cake Mix
3-1/3 cups shortening
5 tablespoons double-acting baking powder
7-2/3 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons salt
11 cups sifted all-purpose flour
Place shortening at room temperature in a large mixing bowl. Cream
1/2 minute with mixer at medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of
bowl. Cream another 1/2 minute at same speed. Add 4 cups sugar, 1
cup at a time. After each addition, cream 1 minute at medium speed.
Sift together 3 times, flour, baking powder, salt, and 3-2/3 cups of
sugar. Sift last time into a clean mixing bowl. Add 2 cups of sifted
ingredients to shortening-sugar. Blend 1/2 minute at medium speed.
Turn mixture into dry ingredients. Blend until it looks like
cornmeal. Be sure all ingredients are well blended.
To Store Mix: Measure mix into 6 equal parts. Spoon it lightly into
measuring cup. Each part should be 3-1/2 cups. Place each part into
a quart glass jar or zip-lock baggies. Cover and store in a cool,
dark place; or place in a metal can, cover, and store in a cool
place. When stored properly, mix stays fresh for up to a month. For
longer shelf-life, store in the freezer.
3-1/2 Cup cake mix
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 medium eggs
3/4 cup milk
Place mix into a 2 quart bowl. Make a well in center of mix. Add
eggs, vanilla and all the milk to the mixture. Beat mixture 1 minute
with electric mixer at low speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl to
be sure all ingredients are mixed. Beat 2 minutes longer at same
speed. Batter should be smooth and free of lumps.
Pour into desired pans and bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 30 - 40
minutes. Cake is done when it springs back up when pressed lightly
White Cake: Use 3 medium egg whites instead of whole eggs.
Spice Cake: Add to the mix for cake: 1
tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, and 1/2 teaspoon cloves
Orange Cake: Add 1 teaspoon grated orange
rind to mix and use 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract in place of vanilla.
Chocolate Cake: Add 2 extra tablespoons of
milk, Stir liquid ingredients into mix until just blended. Add 2
squares of melted chocolate and blend into mixture Continue mixing
batter as directed