So, last week, we did cake decorating at our house. We had to make our own cakes and at my house we were out of boxes of cake mixes, so I had to make mine by scratch. I got the recipe of our friends blog, Chef Tess. We haven't eaten the cake quite yet but it looks really good. Here's the recipe:
My Chef Tess Cake mix
|The dry ingrediants|
4 1/2 cups all purpose white flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 1/2 cup sugar
2T baking powder
1 cup shortening (or butter )
1T double strength vanilla
Sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt through a flour sifter at least once to remove extra lumps. Combine shortening (or butter) with dry ingredients and vanilla in a Kitchen Aid type mixer with paddle attachment. Mix until well combined.
|The dry ingredients mixed together|
If you don't have a mixer, it also works to cut the shortening into the flour as you would for pie crust and then run the mix through a hand held flour sifter to make the mixture more smooth. The metal flour sifters are available to purchase at most grocery stores and baking sections of Wal-mart or Target.
Yields 9 cups cake mix. If you use butter, please keep your mix in the fridge!
4 1/2 cups mix equal to one boxed cake mix:
|The wet ingredients|
1/3 cup oil
1 1/3 cup water
200 strokes by hand or 3 minutes medium speed.
Bake time 350 degrees:
Pan size: 2 8 inch 33-35 minutes
|The wet ingredients mixed together|
13 by 9 inch 32-35 minutes
bundt 38-43 minutes
24 cupcakes 18-21 minutes
High altitude: stir 1/4 cup all purpose flour into mix. Mix as directed.
More cake mixes to follow as experimentation continues.
My next post I'll post what I did with the cakes.