Making your own cake mixes-Food Storage Style: Dark Chocolate Cake

THIS WEEK IS ALL ABOUT MAKING YOUR OWN CAKE, BROWNIE, & MUFFIN MIXES-FOOD STORAGE STYLE!

Is this not the most beautiful cake you’ve ever seen?  Not only is it beautiful but it tastes amazing.  All month long we’ve been talking about making cakes with food storage (cakes like Chocolate Molten Cake, Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes, and Whole Wheat Angel Food Cake-just to name a few).  So this week it’s time to tackle cake mixes that you can make at home and from scratch.  Now, realistically speaking these recipes are so easy that you wouldn’t need to make a mix ahead of time or you can mix up 4 mixes at a time to have on hand to save you even more time!  To give you a clue as to how easy these are-I made this Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake, a Yellow Cake with homemade Chocolate Buttercream frosting, Jumbo Blueberry Muffins, and Brownies all in one afternoon (in about 2 hours) and ALL FROM SCRATCH.  I was like a one woman bake sale.   The best part (outside of having lots of cake to eat) is that they were all so incredibly good, whole grain, and FAT-FREE!  I don’t know a cake mix anywhere that can claim all three of those in the same sentence.  I know what your next question is… So what about food storage mixes that you can buy, you know the kind in the #10 can.  Well why buy them when you can use all the ingredients you have on hand and actually make them taste good!  The food storage mixes you can buy still have a lot of ingredients you can’t pronounce because they are full of preservatives.  If you know how to do it yourself you are no longer a slave to the grocery store!  (It really is a liberating feeling!)

DARK CHOCOLATE CAKE MIX-FOOD STORAGE STYLE!

Now, this is the recipe that made me decide I will Never,EVER buy another cake mix again.  It’s fudgy, rich, decadent, and a billion times (not exaggerating) better than any cake mix.  It tastes like a doctored store bought cake mix-you know the kind where people add in sour cream, pudding, or both.  But, of course, with out all the added cost and calories.  In fact, this cake tastes great 100% whole wheat and with beans instead of the oil. In fact, I was on Studio 5 (a morning show here in SLC) sharing how you can make YOUR OWN mixes and highlighting how to make this one….

MAKING THE MIX:
(Makes 4 mixes)
• 8 C. sugar
• 7 C. (I use whole wheat flour)
• 3 C. cocoa or dark cocoa
• 2 T. baking powder
• 2 T. baking soda
• 4 t. salt
•1 C. dry egg powder
• (2/3 C. non-instant dry milk powder or 1 1/3 C. instant dry milk powder)

Combine ingredients thoroughly and store in air tight container.

USING THE MIX:
• 5 C. chocolate cake mix (make it a heaping 5 C. if you used instant milk powder)
• 1/2 C. oil or bean puree
• 2 t. vanilla
• 1 1/2 C. water
• 1 C. boiling water

Heat oven to 375. Spray 9-inch round pans, 13×9 or bundt baking pan.

Beat all ingredients except boiling water on medium speed of electric mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 30-35 minutes for round pans, 35-40 minutes for 9×13 pan or 50-55 minutes for bundt pan or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pans to wire racks.

THE ONE BOWL RECIPE:
• 2 C. sugar
• 1 3/4 C. (I use whole wheat flour)
• 3/4 C. cocoa or dark cocoa
• 1 1/2 t. baking powder
• 1 1/2 t. baking soda
• 1 t. salt
• 2 eggs (1/4 C. dry egg powder + 1/2 C. water)
• 1 C. milk (3 T. non-instant dry milk powder or 1/3 C. instant dry milk powder +1 C. water)
• 1/2 C. oil (or bean puree)
• 2 t. vanilla
• 1 C. boiling water

Heat oven to 375. Spray 9-inch round pans, 13×9 or bundt baking pan.

Beat all ingredients except boiling water on medium speed of electric mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake 30-35 minutes for round pans, 35-40 minutes for 9×13 pan or 50-55 minutes for bundt pan or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pans to wire racks.

DOWNLOAD MY FREE HOW-TO MAKE HOMEMADE MIXES HANDOUT!

It’s my latest and greatest handout (yes, I’ve been up past midnight for the last three nights working on it…so feel free to leave comments on how much you love it! ;)

It includes…

  1. How to make your own homemade cake, brownie, and muffin mixes
  2. How to use beans for butter or oil in your baking
  3. My favorite mixes and one bowl recipes for brownies, muffins, white cake, yellow cake, and chocolate cake
  4. AND…my favorite glazes and frosting recipes to use for cakes (including the glaze I used for the chocolate cake!).

Yeah….it’s pretty much the neatest thing since sliced bread!  Make sure and download your copy today!  And please feel free to pass it along to others!  This is meant to be used AND SHARED!

Help Spread the Word!

I love it when you share my tips and recipes for food storage! Do me a quick favor (and remember it’s my birthday!), if you like what you see please share it on facebook, pinterest, or blog about it! And make sure you link either the word “food storage” or “Everyday Food Storage” back to me. Thanks-it makes all the hard work worth it!

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  • Robert Krum

    Thank you, this handout is AWESOME!!

  • Kara

    This is awesome!  Thank you so very much!!

  • Jaime K.

    I love this idea! Is there any way to make these without the powdered milk or replace it with something? Will non-dairy options work in place of the actual milk?
     

  • Michelle

    You are my hero, seriously you are. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. It is appreciated. Your handout rocks! I love homemade mixes. Thank You!

  • 4KarolsKitchen2

    Is there any way we can download or order your cake mix recipes?  They look absolutely delicious!!

  • Julie

    Wow!  I have made mixes for years for various things, but the cake with the whole wheat & beans?  You are AWESOME!!  A friend in my ward just gave a great demo on how making your own mixes frees up your time, money, and expands your cooking options.  Been a believer for a long time, but a good reminder and motivator.  Now your mixes, how timely!  Thanks for all of your hard work, dedication and inspiration to food storage fans everywhere. :)

  • Heather

    You are my hero!!  Thank you so much for this.  I have been wanting to find something like this, especially since I discovered that Betty Crocker started skimping on thier cake mixes, (there is less in each one now).  Thank you so much for all you do.  I seriously admire and appreciate all you do, and have learned so much from your blog.

  • Joan

    Please help me understand. You’ve been saying use 1 T. powdered egg + 2 T. water for 1 egg. Here you have doubled the amount. Is that because a cake needs extra leavening? Thanks for all you do!

    One other thing, I can’t find how to follow you on Pinterest.

  • Lorihouser4444

    You are GREAT because of your videos things are alot better in our home. I have four kids, a husband, three parttime jobs and a 14 room house. Thank you for making my life a little easier Your an angel.

  • Cali

    I rarely comment, but wanted you to know how much effort you put into making life easier for the rest of us.  I check your blog all the time, and have learned so much from you.  Even though it has been over 3 years since I first stumbled across your blog, I’m still learning so much from you!  Thank you so much!

  • eatfoodstorage

    Thanks!

  • Maudie the Maid

    Thank you Crystal. 

  • ckearl

    Love your mixes, the brownies are in the oven right now.  Have you found anyplace good to buy bulk cocoa?  I know cocoa prices have been high everwhere lately, but I wonder if you have any ideas?

  • stacy

    Made this for my husbands birthday the best cake ive ever made and so moist thanks for all your hard work
    my family really enjoyed it