This is a good substitute for a boxed yellow cake mix in recipes calling for a yellow cake as a base.

Lori

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
9 inch layer cake or 9x13 inch sheet cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan, or two 9 inch round pans.

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  • Cream together the shortening and sugar. Beat in the eggs. Add the flour, milk, and vanilla, and beat to a soft smooth batter.

  • Bake 20 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

253 calories; protein 3.8g 8% DV; carbohydrates 37.4g 12% DV; fat 10g 15% DV; cholesterol 32.6mg 11% DV; sodium 284.6mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2003
I give this 4 stars on the condition that you add an additional egg. I mixed this recipe and then read the reviews. Two stars! Oh no! I looked at some other recipes and I didn't see much difference except maybe more eggs, so I added another egg to the batter. It took a little over 35 minutes to finish baking, but I ended up with a cake that tastes just like it came out of a box - which is what this is supposed to emulate. My guess is that the other reviewers didn't use self-rising flour. Remember the recipe for self-rising flour is 1 cup AP flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt. Maybe the difference was the egg: anyway I got exactly what was advertised - within 5 minutes anyway. Later... I used the exact recipe this time (only 2 eggs) and it turned out as before - just as light and fluffy as a box cake. The cook time is still 35 minutes for me. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
08/20/2003
Not very tasty and does not make good cupcakes. I have my own bakery business and I do not recommend this recipe. Read More
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133 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 56
  • 4 star values: 43
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 15
Rating: 4 stars
10/17/2003
I give this 4 stars on the condition that you add an additional egg. I mixed this recipe and then read the reviews. Two stars! Oh no! I looked at some other recipes and I didn't see much difference except maybe more eggs, so I added another egg to the batter. It took a little over 35 minutes to finish baking, but I ended up with a cake that tastes just like it came out of a box - which is what this is supposed to emulate. My guess is that the other reviewers didn't use self-rising flour. Remember the recipe for self-rising flour is 1 cup AP flour, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt. Maybe the difference was the egg: anyway I got exactly what was advertised - within 5 minutes anyway. Later... I used the exact recipe this time (only 2 eggs) and it turned out as before - just as light and fluffy as a box cake. The cook time is still 35 minutes for me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/07/2008
The batter tastes just like yellow cake. I think this recipe and others like it are rating poor because of the "Self Rising" flower is not being used. Add 3 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt to the "All Purpose" or "Cake" flour. Follow the recipe and pour the milk in slowly. Cheers Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2008
I did as other suggested(using 3 eggs), cake came out just good, the 2nd time I added 1 box of instant vanilla pudding to the dry ingredents, 3 eggs, and 1/4 cup of sour cream and it was fantastic. I used two 9in pans, cut each cake in half, making 4 layers with frosting between each. It was SO GOOD my mother asked for the recipe and she's a "old school" baker, everything she makes is from scratch and always good. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/20/2003
Not very tasty and does not make good cupcakes. I have my own bakery business and I do not recommend this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/30/2008
***IMPORTANT NOTE!*** Simply use self- rising flour, follow the instructions, and don't beat the batter too much! I was a bit dubious about even trying this recipe, seeing so many conflicting reviews from other users. Despite my doubts, we tried it. And it turned out great!! All 7 kids loved 'em (we made cupcakes with Hershey cocoa frosting). So, I was satisfied. :) Simply follow simple directions, and have a simply delectable treat! :) :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/04/2008
Made this recipe twice- once exactly as written and second time substituting butter for the shortening and adding about 1/4t salt (1/2t if using unsalted butter)...much tastier this way! Changed the procedure as well after reading some articles and other reviews on the website. First make sure butter, eggs and milk are all room temp. Sift together flour, sugar and salt, twice if you have the time. Combine all wet ingredients except butter. Whip up butter really well on its own. Then alternate dry and wet when adding to butter, taking care not to overmix at this stage. I added choc chips and made cupcakes, came out great- really tender and moist- and actually tasted even better a day later. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2003
I tried this recipe following DANHARGRAVE'S recommendations. I only used 2 eggs and alternated adding the liquid and the flour. The cake was light and fluffy and a good substitute for a yellow cake mix. The cook time in a glass pan was around 32 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/20/2003
The cake was very heavy and dense. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2005
This turned out perfectly, and tasted just like yellow cake from a box. I did use 3 eggs based on others' suggestions. Read More
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