- July 19, 2014 at 10:57 pm #344480mosParticipant
7-1/2 cups sifted flour
1 tbs salt
4-1/2 cups sugar
2 tbs double acting baking powder
3/4 cup cold butter
In very large bowl, combine flour, salt, sugar and baking powder and mix well to blend. Cut the butter into small pieces and place in food processor bowl along with 2 cups of the flour mixture. Cover and process until mixture is very fine.
Make sure that the butter is completely evenly distributed in the flour mixture. If it isn’t, your cakes will have uneven texture and each will turn out differently. Return to bowl with remaining flour mixture and mix well using a wire whisk.
Divide the cake mix into three equal portions (about 4 cups each) by lightly scooping the mix into measuring cups and leveling off with the back of a knife. Place each portion into a quart glass jar or heavy duty zip lock plastic bags. Cover tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to a month, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Each portion of cake mix will make two 8″ cakes or one 13×9″ cake.
Make sure you measure the flour correctly for this recipe. never scoop flour using a measuring cup. spoon the flour into the measuring cup from the bag.
also make sure that you follow the directions for using the mix, including beating times, to the letter. the gluten in the flour has to develop a bit to form the cake’s structure. and the butter needs to be dissolved in the batter for the best texture.
to make one 9″ layer from this recipe, combine 2-2/3 cups of the mix, 1-1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/3 cup oil, 2 eggs, and 2/3 cup milk.
Use a 9″ pan with sides that are at least 2″ tall. Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the cake tests done with a toothpick. This makes a ‘basic’ white cake.
Flavorings like peppermint, lemon, orange, etc. can be added during the final phase of preparation. Note: I bake this cake using extra ingredients like chopped fresh strawberries (or any berry available) for special occasions like anniversaries, etc.
For some friends, I bake a cake with extra ingredients that I know that they love. For example, friends just had their 10th anniversary — she liked cream cheese and he liked apples, so I minced apples and added them to the batter. Then I topped it with a cream cheese frosting!
They were delighted with my special gift to them;-D
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