Basic cake mix

Basic cake mix


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About this recipe: This is a lovely recipe you have in your repertoire. It's a versatile cake mix to which you can add whatever you like - dried fruit, fresh fruit, nuts, etc. You can make loaves or muffins.

Helen Hanson

Serves: 60 

  • 1.25kg plain flour
  • 1kg caster sugar
  • 12 teaspoons baking powder
  • 6 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
  • 6 teaspoons salt
  • 120ml vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

  1. Mix thoroughly flour, sugar, baking powder, bicarb and salt. (Can be stored on the shelf for months.)
  2. Mix 375g baking mix, oil, eggs, and any other additions (see footnote). Add flavourings (vanilla, almond extract, citrus zest) if desired. Pour into one large or two small greased loaf tins.
  3. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 30 to 45 minutes.


Use any one of these additions, or a combination of two or three:

150g blueberries
150g raspberries
150g blackberries
200g peeled and chopped apple
200g peeled and chopped pear
225g mashed bananas

125g chopped walnuts
125g chopped pecans
125g chopped hazelnuts
125g chopped almonds

Dried fruits:
150g chopped dates
150g sultanas or raisins
150g chopped dried apricots
150g chopped dried figs

170g chocolate chips
170g chopped chocolate bar
75g chopped crystallised ginger
225g pumpkin puree
225g butternut squash puree

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