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Healthy Make Ahead Cake Mixes

Learn to make these three healthy make-ahead cake mixes and never buy a boxed cake mix again!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time0 mins
To Prepare Cake and Bake It45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Americana
Keyword: Healthy Chocolate Cake Mix, Healthy Make Ahead Cake Mix, Healthy Spice Cake Mix, Healthy Yellow Cake Mix, Make Ahead Cake Mix
Servings: 1 cake mix per jar
Author: Mary's Nest

Equipment

  • 3-Quart size jars with lids
  • Large bowl
  • Funnel

Ingredients

Healthy Make Ahead Chocolate Cake Mix

  • 2 cups Whole Wheat Flour You can use alternative whole grain flours, such as einkorn or spelt, and you can also use sprouted flour.
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Instant espresso powder of coffee powder, optional You can substitute with decaffeinated coffee powder
  • 2 cups Whole sweetener, such as "sucanat," that has been ground into its powdered form. (See video.) Other options include maple sugar, coconut sugar, or date sugar that has been ground into its powdered form.

Healthy Make Ahead Yellow Cake Mix

  • 2 1/2 cups White whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole sweetener, such as "sucanat," that has been ground into its powdered form. (See video.) Other options include maple sugar, coconut sugar, or date sugar ground into their powdered form.

Healthy Make Ahead Spice Cake Mix

  • 2 1/2 cups Whole wheat flour You can use alternate whole grain flours, such as einkorn or spelt, and you can also use sprouted flour.
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp Ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole sweetener, such as "sucanat," that has been ground into its powdered form. (See video.) Other options include maple sugar, coconut sugar, or date sugar ground into their powdered form.

Instructions

How to Make Make Ahead Mixes

  • For each mix, simply add all the ingredients for each individual mix to a large bowl and whisk together well at least 30-60 seconds until all the ingredients are well incorporated. (See video.) Then transfer the individual mix to a quart-sized jar, seal well, and store in your pantry. Each mix will have a shelf life of approximately six months to one year.

How to Make a Chocolate Cake with the Make Ahead Chocolate Cake Mix

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Empty the entire contents of the jar of the Make Ahead Chocolate Cake Mix into a large bowl. First, add 1 cup of boiling water to the mix and stir well to incorporate. Make sure that the mix has returned to room temperature and now add to the bowl: 1 cup of buttermilk (or a buttermilk substitute such as 1 cup of milk with a bit of lemon juice added to it), 1/2 cup melted butter cooled to room temperature (or 1/2 cup of coconut oil in its liquid state), 2 large room temperature eggs, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Mix together by hand or with an electric mixer until well combined. Distribute the cake batter evenly between two round cake pans that have been greased well with butter and dusted with flour. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the cakes to cool for approximately 10 minutes. Next, remove the cakes from their pans and transfer to a cooling rack to allow them to cool completely before frosting.

How to Make a Yellow Cake with the Make Ahead Yellow Cake Mix

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Empty the entire contents of the jar of the Make Ahead Yellow Cake Mix into a large bowl. To the bowl, add 1 cup of buttermilk (or a buttermilk substitute such as 1 cup of milk with a bit of lemon juice added to it), 2 large room temperature eggs plus 2 additional egg yolks, 1/2 cup melted butter cooled to room temperature (or 1/2 cup of coconut oil in its liquid state), and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Mix together by hand or with an electric mixer until well combined. Distribute the cake batter evenly between two round cake pans that have been greased well with butter and dusted with flour. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the cakes to cool for approximately 10 minutes. Next, remove the cakes from their pans and transfer to a cooling rack to allow them to cool completely before frosting.

How to Make a Spice Cake with the Make Ahead Spice Cake Mix

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Empty the entire contents of the jar of the Make Ahead Spice Cake Mix into a large bowl. To the bowl, add 1 cup of buttermilk (or a buttermilk substitute such as 1 cup of milk with a bit of lemon juice added to it), 2 large room temperature eggs, 1/2 cup melted butter cooled to room temperature (or 1/2 cup of coconut oil in its liquid state), and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Mix together by hand or with an electric mixer until well combined. Distribute the cake batter evenly between two round cake pans that have been greased well with butter and dusted with flour. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow the cakes to cool for approximately 10 minutes. Next, remove the cakes from their pans and transfer to a cooling rack to allow them to cool completely before frosting.

Video

Notes

Each jar of healthy make-ahead cake mix makes one 2-layer cake.
Once baked, all these cakes are freezer friendly.  Once the cake layers have cooled completely, wrap them well in plastic wrap and then wrap them again, but this time with aluminum foil.  Next, transfer the well-wrapped cake layers to a plastic freezer zipper bag. These cakes can be frozen for up to two months.
When you are ready to serve a cake, thaw two layers, fully wrapped, in the refrigerator overnight.  The next day, remove the two layers from the refrigerator and unwrap each layer and allow them to come to room temperature.  Afterward, frost the cake with your icing of choice.
The recipe directions for each mix are condensed into one paragraph so you can print them out and attach a copy of the directions to the appropriate storage jar for each mixture.  Alternatively, you can post the directions in your pantry where you store these mixes.
Find this recipe and video at https://marysnest.com/how-to-make-3-healthy-make-ahead-cake-mixes/
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