Monday, October 6, 2008

Make a Mix Monday - Rich Chocolate Cake Mix

Last Saturday was the birthday of one of the boys. We don't do birthdays like a lot of families we know. It's usually a nice quiet evening at home with just our family. We enjoy a cake and usually even have candles for the smaller guys. The birthday boy gets to choose what is for dinner and he choose what kind of cake he wants. Chocolate is a pretty good favorite around our house so it didn't surprise me that he chose German Chocolate cake.

It's hard to find a chocolate cake mix that doesn't have those nasty things in it like hydrogenated oils and things but more than that it's just not in me to pay so much for a decent cake mix when I can put together my own.

So, here it is..."Make-a-Mix Monday" and I thought I'd share our recipe. It's a dark chocolate cake mix that you put together yourself. Make up a few and put them into bags so they'll be ready. Personally, I'm going to try putting mine into a mason jar. I don't know what it is but I like the looks of things in mason jars. :)

Rich Chocolate Cake Mix

2 cups self-rising flour
2/3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cups baking cocoa powder
1/4 cup dry buttermilk powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Mix well and store in a tight container. Gallon sized bags work well.

To Prepare:

1 pkg Rich Chocolate Cake Mix
2 cups water
1/2 cup olive oil
2 medium eggs

Place the eggs into a mixing bowl and whisk a bit. Add in the olive oil, water, and mix a bit more. Add the cake mix and stir for 2 minutes or until the mixture is smooth and all the lumps are gone. Pour into oiled 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes. Insert knife or toothpick into center to check. Cool and frost how you like.

It's not "German" chocolate but it tastes great with coconut pecan frosting!

By the way, our boys have always thought the best part of having a birthday is that they make their own birthday cake. :) Some of our friends think this is mean...let them make their own birthday cake but there's quite a commotion when I try to make it for them!

Have a great day!

Mavis D.


Michelle said...

Mavis, where do you find dry buttermilk powder?

Mavis D. said...

You can purchase buttermilk powder in most grocery stores. It will be in the baking isle near the powdered milk. It's a small can usually yellow and red with a red lid.

I've found it at most grocery stores and at all the Walmart Super Centers that I've been to.

Have a great day!

Mavis D.

Anonymous said...

Mavis - fantastic recipe. Just what I was looking for!

Cant get hold of the buttermilk powder though... Any recommended substitutes?

Amy Y.

Mavis D. said...

Hhhmm...not sure Amy, I've always been able to find it in the local stores. Even our tiny Walmart has it.

You could try instant powdered milk. If you do, let us know how it turns out!

Mavis D.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the buttermilk powder, I wonder if you could substitute powdered milk, and then add a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar to the liquids when you actually make the cake? -Lynn in PA