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Make Your Own Yellow Cake Mix

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Save money and help your family eat healthier by cutting out unnecessary preservatives and food colorings! You can make your own yellow cake mix to have on hand in the pantry for easy, inexpensive throw-together desserts or snacks.

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Oftentimes, with homemade cakes, the flavor is fantastic, but the cake is dense and heavy. This is usually caused by a couple of different factors. First, the type of flour that is used, and second, the amount of flour due to improper measuring.

Flour is ALWAYS measured by Weight and the weight per cup is entirely dependent on the type of flour. In this case, we’re using cake flour, which should weigh exactly 4 ounces per cup.
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Make Your Own Yellow Cake Mix

2 1/3 cups (9.3 ounces) cake flour
1/3 cup nonfat dry milk
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening

Measure the flour by weight and then transfer into a mixing bowl.
weigh cake flour
Measure the dry milk and add it to the bowl.
measure powdered milk
Add the baking powder, salt, and sugar. Stir to mix!
measure sugar into homemade cake mix recipe
Cut in the shortening until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
add shortening to flour mixture
Combine all ingredients, mixing well and transfer to a 1 Quart Jar until needed. Label the jar using a dry-erase marker. Makes 1 Quart Jar Mix

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Homemade Yellow Cake Mix in a Mason Jar

How to Prepare Baking Pans

  1. Tear off a piece of parchment paper about the width of the pan.
  2. add shortening to flour mixture 2

  3. Fold it in half.
  4. Place baking pan on the paper and trace halfway around it, leaving a tab.
  5. add shortening to flour mixture 3

  6. Cut out the shape, leaving the tab in place, then unfold it.
  7. cut out parchment paper

  8. Spritz the bottom of the baking pan with non-stick spray, then seat the parchment paper in the bottom of the pan.
  9. line pan with parchment paper

To Make the Yellow Cake

2 eggs
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Jar Mix

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine all in a bowl, mixing well.
  3. mix cake batter

  4. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9″x13″ baking dish, or two greased and floured 8″ round pans.
  5. evenly pour cake batter into prepared pans

  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Then remove the pans from the oven and place on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes.
  7. Using the tabs on the parchment paper, gently lift the cake from the pan and place it on the cooling rack to cool completely before frosting or glazing.
  8. two eight inch baked yellow cakes on cooling rack

Make Your Own Yellow Cake Mix- Printable

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MYO Yellow Cake Mix

Budget101.com by Melissa 'Liss' Burnell
There's no need to buy dye-laced convenience foods when you can make your own homemade yellow cake mix for pennies!
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
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Total Time 35 mins
Course Homemade Mixes, MYO
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 284 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

To Create 1 Jar of Cake Mix
  • 2 ⅓ cups cake flour 9.3 ounces
  • cup nonfat dry milk
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups white sugar
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening
Ingredients to Prepare a Cake

Instructions
 

Prepare Cake Mix

  • Combine all ingredients, mixing well and transfer to a 1 Quart Jar until needed.
    2 ⅓ cups cake flour, ⅓ cup nonfat dry milk, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ¾ teaspoon salt, 1 ½ cups white sugar, ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening

To Prepare Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Combine all in a bowl, mixing well.
    2 eggs, 1 cup water, 1 Jar Mix, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9″x13″ baking dish, or two greased and floured 8″ round pans.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool & Frost as desired.
Recipe Size Alteration Note

If you altered the ingedients above by doubling or tripling the recipe, you may also need to change the pan/dish size and adjust the cooking/baking time.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 5gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 283mgPotassium: 99mgFiber: 1gSugar: 27gVitamin A: 118IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 112mgIron: 1mgNet Carbs: 44g
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