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Copycat Duncan Hines Boxed Cake Mix


This cake tastes like a boxed white cake mix only better, it has never failed me yet, it is a recipe that I use over and over again for the *perfect* white cake, and so easy to make too! really anything can be addded to this cake, tiny chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, add in some food colouring for a pastel coloured cake with matching frosting, this makes a wonderful birthday cake!--------- * NOTE* as one reviewer stated they omitted the salt, omitting the salt will change the texture of this cake completely, so please do *not* omit, using butter-flavor Crisco is acceptable but will alter the taste somewhat but not the texture ;-)

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  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup Crisco shortening ( white only)
  • 2 large eggs ( or extra large)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 40mins
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Step 1

1. Set oven to 350 degrees.

2. Set oven rack to second-lowest position.

3. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan, and line bottom of pan with parchment paper.

4. In a medium or large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the sugar and shortening until
no granules remain (about 4 minutes).

5. Add in eggs and almond extract/vanilla (if using); beat very well for 5 minutes on high speed.

6. In a small bowl sift together flour, baking soda and salt.

7. Add to the creamed mixture along with the buttermilk; mix well until blended (about 2-3 minutes).

8. Transfer to a prepared baking pan.

9. Bake on second-lowest oven rack for 30-35 minutes (check for doneness after 25 minutes, this cake bakes fast!).

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