Ok here is my cake mix i use fore EVERYTHING. I have been baking for a year in a half and I actually have never had any request for any other flavor, no chocolate or Anything. It is more like a pound cake, but it holds up nice under fondant and covered with buttercream. I have cupcaked it, and stacked it, I have NEVER had a complaint of its flavor!!
Hope you try it and like it.
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
(I will use margarin if I have to, I understand its not the best quality, but it has not affected my outcome at all)
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon butter extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
1/2 teaspoon Orange/Lemon extract
(I don't use both I pick which ever I have on hand but I always use one of them for the citric flavor)
*** I honestly don't measure out the shortning or the extracts. For the shortening I use a large spoonful. For the extracts I just pour alittle of each into my bowl.
I added the measurements for those who are uncomfortable with out them.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
(I crank the oven up to 400 to start the cake out at a super hot oven, and when I put the cakes in I turn it down to 325)
With a mixer, cream butter, shortening and extracts together.
Add sugar, a cup at a time. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating after each addition. (I keep the mixer on low and keep it running through the course of adding the ingredients)
Add salt and baking powder.
Add flour to mixer alternately with milk, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Pour into pan(preped for baking, either greased or floured,which ever your preference)
for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
I do not bake using a timer, I know most do, but I bake by look and feel of cake!! Thats just me.
This is a strong cake mix that will hold up under weight.
The best part of the cake mix is that being similar to a pound cake, the longer the cake sits baked, the better it taste, after several days the flavors actually taste better.
Hope you try it and it helps you.
Let me know if I can help!