Homemade Cake Mix

3-1/3 cups shortening
5 tablespoons double-acting baking powder
7-2/3 cups granulated sugar
3 tablespoons salt
11 cups sifted all-purpose flour

Place shortening at room temperature in a large mixing bowl. Cream 1/2 minute with mixer at medium speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl. Cream another 1/2 minute at same speed. Add 4 cups sugar, 1 cup at a time. After each addition, cream 1 minute at medium speed.

Sift together 3 times, flour, baking powder, salt, and 3-2/3 cups of sugar. Sift last time into a clean mixing bowl. Add 2 cups of sifted ingredients to shortening-sugar. Blend 1/2 minute at medium speed. Turn mixture into dry ingredients. Blend until it looks like cornmeal. Be sure all ingredients are well blended.

To Store Mix: Measure mix into 6 equal parts. Spoon it lightly into measuring cup. Each part should be 3-1/2 cups. Place each part into a quart glass jar or zip-lock baggies. Cover and store in a cool, dark place; or place in a metal can, cover, and store in a cool place. When stored properly, mix stays fresh for up to a month. For longer shelf-life, store in the freezer.

Yellow Cake
3-1/2 Cup cake mix
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 medium eggs
3/4 cup milk

Place mix into a 2 quart bowl. Make a well in center of mix. Add eggs, vanilla and all the milk to the mixture. Beat mixture 1 minute with electric mixer at low speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl to be sure all ingredients are mixed. Beat 2 minutes longer at same speed. Batter should be smooth and free of lumps.

Pour into desired pans and bake in a 350 degree F. oven for 30 - 40 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back up when pressed lightly in center.

White Cake:
Use 3 medium egg whites instead of whole eggs. Spice Cake:
Add to the mix for cake: 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon allspice, and 1/2 teaspoon cloves Orange Cake:
Add 1 teaspoon grated orange rind to mix and use 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract in place of vanilla. Chocolate Cake:
Add 2 extra tablespoons of milk, Stir liquid ingredients into mix until just blended. Add 2 squares of melted chocolate and blend into mixture Continue mixing batter as directed


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