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Homemade Cake Mix and Giveaway!
Desiree from The Unconventional Kitchen came up with this awesome homemade cake mix and wanted to share with our readers. This is what she has to say:
Hi super healthy kids readers. I just love Super Healthy Kids don't you? Today I am so excited to do a guest post today and share something with you that will make you jump for joy as a busy mom. I am going to show you how to make your very own cake mix in under 5 minutes. I came up with this mix when I was strapped for time doing my little girls birthday party. I went to the store and grabbed one of the cake mixes from the shelf and decided to look at the ingredients. YIKES. I put it back on the shelf and decided to make my own. Here were some of the ingredients:
- Vegetable Oil Shortening
- Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil
- Propylene Glycol Mono-and Diesters Of Fats (WHAT?? this sounds like motor oil)
- Polyglycerol Esters Of Fatty Acids
- Gum Arabic
- Yellow 5 Lake) (this sounds like a pretty crayon color).
My solution..... to come up with my own cake mix. One that I could have on hand giving me the same conveniences of a boxed mix. One that I could feel good about feeding my family. I did A LOT of experimentation, you can thank me later, and what I came up with I am quite proud of. In fact my little brother tasted the cake and said that I should sell the mix.
Not only does it taste good, but it's good for you look at the benefits of making your own mix;
- 78% more fiber
- 72 % of the magnesium
- 78 % more chromium
- 62% more zinc
- 72% more vitamin E
- 50% more folic acid
Those facts are just from using soft white wheat flour. A word on wheat flour. Sometimes people hear the word wheat flour and cringe. Usually they are used to the store bought wheat flour that tastes bitter. Most of the wheat flour you buy in the store comes from red wheat. Did you know there are different varieties of wheat? Soft white wheat is another variety of wheat that doesn't have a bitter taste like red wheat and produces the BEST baked goods. You can buy soft white wheat to grind into your own flour at Good Earth in the bins, or at Alpine Food Storage. If you don't have a grinder King Arthur sells soft white wheat flour.
There is also ground flax in the mix. Flax has been known to help with depression and it is FULL of fiber. In a study done by American Clinic of Nutrition they found that woman who ate the most fiber were 49% less likely to gain weight compared to those eating refined grains.
O.k. have I sold you on making your own mix yet? Lets get to it.
Here are the ingredients: baking powder, soft white wheat flour, turbinado sugar ( or sugar), butter (or you can use coconut oil), and salt, and ground flax(not picture in the line up-sorry flax).
Step 1; Put all of the dry ingredients into the food processor. Pulse it until the mix is completely mixed together.
Step: 2 Chop up your cold butter into pieces.
Step 3: Add it to the food processor while it is going. Let the mixture go until it resembles sand. You shouldn't have any big chunks of butter.
There you go now you know how to make your own healthy cake mix! Easy peasy. Just three simple steps. Now just put it in a zip loc bag and label it. I store mine in my fridge or freezer. It keeps for 10-12 weeks. I like to make a few of them at a time, saving you time and dishes in the future. Healthy moms have to think smart.
You can substitute this mix into any recipe that calls for a cake mix. Just remember to add a teaspoon of vanilla to the recipe, because you don't have vanilla already in the mix like boxed mixes do. I have made it into lemon berry trifle, applesauce cake, and oatmeal raisin cookies as well. In fact I just demoed the lemon berry trifle on Studio 5, you can watch it here.
If you want one of these wonderful mixes and don't want to track down the ingredients your in luck. We are doing a giveaway at Unconventional Kitchen of one of the mixes, some other whole grain flours I love to bake with, and a whole bunch of other goodies. All you have to do is like Unconventional Kitchen's Facebook page and you will be entered to win!
Make Your Own Cake Mix
2 C soft white wheat flour
1/4 C ground flax ( I like golden best)
1 1/2 C turbinado sugar, or sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 T baking powder
1/2 C cold butter, or coconut oil
1. In a food processor pulse to combine all of the ingredients except for the butter.
2. Cut up the stick of butter into 4 or 5 pieces.
3. Add the butter to the mix.
3. Pulse the butter into the dry mix until it resembles sand.
4. Store the mix in a zip loc bag in the fridge, freezer, or pantry for 10-12 weeks.
When you are ready to make your cake follow these instructions:
1. Pour the mix into a medium sized mixing bowl. Add in 3/4 C milk (almond milk, coconut milk, buttermilk etc.), and 1 1/4 tsp vanilla.
2. Beat the mixture with a hand mixer until just incorporated.
3. To the mixture add in two eggs. Mix until the eggs are incorporated into the batter.
4. Pour batter into a greased pan. Bake at 350.
For a 9x13 bake 30-40 minutes
For a cake pan 20-30 minutes
For cupcakes fill 2/3's full and bake 20-30 minutes