I always shake my head when I think about cake mixes. I cannot think of one good reason to purchase a cake mix. I especially do not like the preservatives that are added into any prepared foods including cake mixes. Check out the ingredient list below of a popular dark chocolate cake mix.
Sugar, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Vegetable Oil Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Propylene Glycol Mono- And Diesters Of Fats, Mono- And Diglycerides), Cocoa Powder Processed With Alkali, Dextrose, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate). Contains 2% Or Less Of: Wheat Starch, Salt, Polyglycerol Esters Of Fatty Acids, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum
My recipe below is so easy to make and uses such basic ingredients, there is not reason to not make a cake from scratch. This is so easy, I hope you agree.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350. MIx together dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Cut butter into cubes and add to boiling water. Once the butter has melted, stir (by hand or use a hand mixer) into the dry ingredients. Slowly add egg, mixing quickly. Add vanilla. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan.
- Bake 350 for 45 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan.