Cake Mixes from Scratch and Variations



  1. For a Yellow Cake: Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.
  2. Cut in shortening until fine crumbs are formed.
  3. Add eggs, milk, and vanilla. Beat at low speed for 1 minute, then high for 2 minutes, scraping the bowl frequently.
  4. Pour batter into greased and floured 9x13 inch pan.
  5. Bake in preheated 350 degree F oven (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. Variation for a White Cake:

    1. Prepare as for the basic cake except use 3 egg whites for the 2 whole eggs.
    2. Whites may be beaten separately and added for a lighter cake.

    Variation for a Chocolate Cake:

    1. Add 1/4 cup cocoa powder to the basic cake mix prior to adding the milk.

    Variation for a Spice Cake:

    1. Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, and 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice to the basic cake mix.

    Variation for a Pineapple Upside Down Cake:

    1. Melt 1/2 cup butter in the bottom of a 9x13 pan.
    2. Add 2/3 cup brown sugar, stirring into the butter.
    3. Arrange pineapple slices in the pan.
    4. Top with the basic (yellow cake) mix recipe.
    5. Bake 30 to 35 minutes, cool 5 minutes, and invert to serve.

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