Recently on a some of the Facebook recipe pages that I have joined, I’ve noticed quite a few recipes that use packet cakes. These are often desserts and look quite delicious.
However, I haven’t bought a packet cake in about 10 years and frankly, never ever intend to. They are full of artificial ingredients. Granted, some may be okay – I believe Donna Hay’s are pretty good, but I see no need to buy a packet cake when I have a perfectly good machine that can mix a cake in seconds.
However, sometimes, when in a hurry, a packet cake may come in handy. Plus, some of those recipes I’ve seen use a packet cake. So, instead of succumbing to buying one, I’ve created my own.
This mixture can be stored in the fridge for up to three months. I store it in a ziplock bag and write down the instructions on the bag.
- 150g sugar
- 250g SR flour
- 2 Tbsp powdered milk
- 200g cold butter, cut into pieces
- Process the flour and sugar together for 5 seconds on Turbo.
- Add the powdered milk and butter and process on speed 5 for 5 seconds or so until mixture looks like fine breadcrumbs.
- Place in a ziplock bag with the following instructions:
- Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a 20cm round tin.
- tsp vanilla extract
- g water
Make sure ingredients, including packet mix are at room temperature. At a pinch, you can mix on speed 1 for 30 seconds on 37 to warm slightly before processing.
- Process 1 minute on speed 2.
- Insert butterfly and mix on speed 4 for 1 - 2 minutes until smooth.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
- /3 cup chopped walnuts
- Dissolve 1 Tbsp instant coffee powder in the water.
- Measure out 140g boiling water (instead of the 120g)
- Stir in ½ cup cocoa.
- Allow to cool and continue with recipe as per directions.
Lemon or Orange Cake
Zest of one lemon or orange. Juice the fruit and make up to 120g with water. Continue with recipe as per directions.
Super Vanilla Cake
- When making the initial mix, measure in 2 Tbsp custard powder and make up to 250g with SR flour.
- Continue with recipe as per directions.
Light Fruit Cake
- Soak 125g mixed fruit in 100g sherry or port for a few hours or overnight.
- tsp bi-carb soda
- g chopped pecans or slivered almonds
- tsp ginger
- tsp cinnamon
- /2 tsp mixed spice
- extra egg
Continue with recipe as per directions. If mix is a little dry, add extra water.
Thermo Cake Mix
The Bush Gourmand
For those recipes that use a packet cake mix, here’s one recipe that I have been meaning to try:
There’s also a lot of recipes for cake mix cookies. All the ones I’ve seen have oil added to the cake mixture. Since my mix already has butter in, I’m thinking that it may work just adding the two eggs and leaving out the oil.
I’ll give it a go and report back!