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Homemade Cake Mix

Homemade cake mix

Why buy boxed cake mix when you can make your very own using simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry? Portion it into small lidded jars decorated with ribbon and bow for personal Christmas presents.

Recipe makes enough mix for four cakes.

Whatcha Need:

  • 10 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups caster sugar
  • 1-1/3 Tablespoons salt
  • 5-1/2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening

Whatcha Do:

  1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Put 2 cups of the mixture in a food processor with shortening and process until very fine.

  2. Return processed mix back into the remaining flour, sugar blend and combine well. Portion final mixture equally (about 4 cups each) into four individual containers with tight fitting lids.

  3. Store containers in refrigerator for up to one month, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

  4. Each portion will make one 8" two-layer cake or one 13"x 9" single layer cake.


  • For a sugar-free cake mix, replace the sugar in this recipe with 6 cups Splenda Granulated, plus 3 cups non-fat dry milk powder and 1 tablespoon baking soda. Also reduce cooking time by about 7-10 minutes.