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To make the new cake mixes the size of the 18 ounces

Started 1352670558.91 in Recipe Swap | Last reply 1353263038.63 by Carol1229

Someone posted here what is needed to make cake mix 18 ounces since they have downsized the box. I can not find the posting. Hopefully someone can help me.Smile

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neala1352671405.972512 PostsRegistered 10/31/2012City by the bay
We can't post links but scroll down Recipe Swap page and look for the "SMALLER BOXES OF CAKE MIXES" thread. :)




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RespectLife1352732681.241414 PostsRegistered 2/27/2012

Here you go!

http://community.qvc.com/forums/kitchen/topic/336670/smaller-boxes-of-cake-mixes.aspx

FOR RECIPES CALLING FOR OLD SIZE OF 18.25 OZ.

5 1/3 TABLESPOONS DRY CAKE MIX =

1/3 CUP = 2.6 OZ


8 TABLESPOONS =

½ CUP = 4 OZ.

So I guess if we have a box with the new 15.25 oz, we are short 3 oz. That would be somewhere between the 1/3 cup (2.6 oz) and 1/2 cup (4 oz)! It's alot closer than I was before! LOL

neala1352920679.242512 PostsRegistered 10/31/2012City by the bay
Hope the OP saw this. Thanks for the great info! :)




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VaBelle351352920764.9379613 PostsRegistered 11/19/2004VA suburbs of Washington, DC

Buy a little box of cake mix, like a box of Jiffy in white or chocolate or Martha Washington brand to add to what you have and freeze the rest.

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Nightowlz1352922821.4479697 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 11/14/2012 VaBelle35 said:

Buy a little box of cake mix, like a box of Jiffy in white or chocolate or Martha Washington brand to add to what you have and freeze the rest.


That's what I remember reading on the post the OP is talking about. It said to add some Jiffy cake mix. Add http to the link below.

://community.qvc.com/forums/recipe/topic/320739/using-smaller-size-cake-mixes-in-recipes.aspx

I had to go back 10 pages to find the post. LOL!!!

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santorini1352923291.0677088 PostsRegistered 1/26/2007

It's a shame so many things are having to be changed just because of some noodlehead's decision to make the boxes smaller.{#emotions_dlg.angry} Why didn't they just raise the prices? Now if you just use one mix (without supplementing), it would seem the pan size would be affected. With less mix, a 13x9 pan would make the cake too short, right? Will someone now invent a new pan size to be used for the new cake mix sizes? Big dummies. It wasn't broken, so why did you fix it?{#emotions_dlg.thumbdown}

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ceh1352947588.183345 PostsRegistered 8/8/2006

I have a sheet cake recipe using the larger size box cake mixes. I revised the added ingredients to fit the new, smaller mix and instead of a nice high cake, I got a much thinner version. I too would rather have paid more for the larger box than have the company change to the smaller version.

KathyInCol­orado1352954434.51956 PostsRegistered 9/27/2005

We have a CSU home extension here and I called them. Their "expert" said to add 1/4 cup flour to begin with but no more than 1/2 cup. She said not to use cake flour because it would mess up the molecules. I am going to experiment tomorrow and I'll let you know what happens. She said the reason that people were getting tunnels and holes was because they stirred it to much. Kathy

aprilskies1352998018.714803 PostsRegistered 7/26/2005
On 11/14/2012 santorini said:

It's a shame so many things are having to be changed just because of some noodlehead's decision to make the boxes smaller.{#emotions_dlg.angry} Why didn't they just raise the prices? Now if you just use one mix (without supplementing), it would seem the pan size would be affected. With less mix, a 13x9 pan would make the cake too short, right? Will someone now invent a new pan size to be used for the new cake mix sizes? Big dummies. It wasn't broken, so why did you fix it?{#emotions_dlg.thumbdown}

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I agree. Just raise the prices. It ruined a lot of stuff. I know I wont go through the trouble of measuring. I hope they realize and change it back.

FunkyHulaG­irl1353012118.9736872 PostsRegistered 6/25/2011Wherever I go, there I am!
On 11/14/2012 VaBelle35 said:

Buy a little box of cake mix, like a box of Jiffy in white or chocolate or Martha Washington brand to add to what you have and freeze the rest.

Easier said than done! There used to be all kinds of Jiffy mixes in Walmart, Publix, etc., and now I only see the cornbread mix. As a matter of fact, the selection of cake mixes of all kinds has decreased tremendously. Anyone else notice this?

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Moonlady1353013299.27314533 PostsRegistered 8/2/2007Upstate NY

Oh, don't get me started on this downsizing. Just don't!{#emotions_dlg.sneaky}

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RespectLife1353013859.411414 PostsRegistered 2/27/2012

FHG- I have noticed that too! Both my stores have reduced the variety to hardly anything! No special flavors most the time either! They used to carry the full line of all three big names...now? Lucky if you get one row of mixes. I have never seen the small Jiffy cake mixes anymore either. Only cornbread. BTW-My Aldi's did NOT carry the full size cake mixes! They only had ONE brand...I grabbed them...got home and THEN put my glasses on...they are only 15.25 oz! Aldi's must carry diff. items in diff. regions of the country. At least they are cheap! So those are the ones I use to 'add' to my recipes.

Barbarainnc1353021935.6773133 PostsRegistered 6/13/2006

If we add the additional cake mix do we need to change the other ingredients: oil or butter, water or eggs.

I use the Duncan Hines Butter Golden Cake mix, it now calls for 3 large eggs, 1/2 c water and 7 tablespoons butter.

I can't remember the old amounts but I do know it was 1 stick of butter. Can anyone help me out!!! :) :)

I'm going to buy an extra cake mix to keep in the freezer, and weigh out the extra I need and put it back in the freezer.

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Barbarainnc1353022890.4473133 PostsRegistered 6/13/2006

<h1>Directions from the old box for the DH Classic Butter Golden Cake Mix:</h1> <h1>Directions</h1>

You Will Need: 2/3 cup water, 1/2 cup softened butter, 3 large eggs. 1. Prep: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F for metal or glass pans, 350 degrees F for dark or coated pans. Grease sides and bottom of each pan with shortening. Flour lightly. (Use baking cups for cupcakes). 2. Mix: Blend dry mix, water, softened butter and eggs in Large bowl at Low speed until moistened (about 30 seconds). Beat at Medium speed for 4 minutes. Pour batter in pans and bake immediately. 3. Bake: Bake following chart below. Add 3 - 5 minutes to bake time for dark coated pans. Cake is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 15 minutes. Cool completely before frosting. Pan Size: 2 8-inch: 30 - 35 minutes; 2 9-inch: 23 - 28 minutes; 13 x 9 inch: 28 - 33 minutes; Bundt: 33 - 43 minutes; 24 cupcakes: 15 - 20 minutes. High Altitude (Over 3,500 ft): Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Stir 1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp flour into mix. Mix as directed using 1 cup water, 1/2 cup softened butter or margarine and 3 eggs. Bake at 375 degrees F: Two 8-inch layers 18 - 23 min.; Two 9-inch layers 23 - 28 min.; 13x9 inch 25 - 30 min.; Bundt 40 - 45 min.

I was looking at the nutritional info on the boxes and it is different. I'm going to use the additional cake mix and the above directions to see how it will turn out.

Sunshine K­ate1353022988.3812236 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky

If you buy the new cake mixes, aren't the directions on the box how to make it? I don't understand this question.

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Kate

Snowpuppy1353023128.2676489 PostsRegistered 12/2/2005Up North, MI
On 11/15/2012 sofia said:
On 11/14/2012 santorini said:

It's a shame so many things are having to be changed just because of some noodlehead's decision to make the boxes smaller.

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I agree. Just raise the prices. It ruined a lot of stuff. I know I wont go through the trouble of measuring. I hope they realize and change it back.

That's just it. They DID raise the prices while reducing the size of the box. The price per ounce is much higher. And the ingredients are reformulated.

I bought a Starkist Tuna pouch. They were 4+ ounces at $1.59. The new packages are marked "NEW Single Serve" pouch. They are about 2 ounces. For $1.24. That package went from 39 cents per ounce to now over 60 cents per ounce.

What concerns me is the overall lack of inventory on the shelves. Combined with just in time deliveries, I'm stocking more basics in my pantry. I can make a cake from scratch.

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Snowpuppy1353023964.7276489 PostsRegistered 12/2/2005Up North, MI

For those who just want to prepare the new smaller size box mix, I think I hit on it!!

The new size boxes of cake mix are about 83% of the old size at about 15oz. An 8" round cake pan is 88% the size of the 9" pan. They should be roughly the same depth. In theory........your new box mixes should come out fine using (2) 8" round pans.

I have Nordicware quarter sheet pans. They were fairly inexpensive at my local grocer, Meijer at about $8 and are good quality.They measure about 8.5x11x1.

I calculated this against a 9x13x2 and it's approximately 80% of the area if you use 2 quarter sheet pans.

In theory, you should be able to bake your cakes in these pans without any issue other than watching the time.

Any thoughts??

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Barbarainnc1353025204.0973133 PostsRegistered 6/13/2006

Sunshine Kate, They say the new cake mixes aren't working and some are adding more cake mix to the new to bring it back to 18.25. I just wondered if the directions should change back to the old directions if I'm adding more cake mix. ?? Maybe not. ??

DH Golden Butter Moist Cake Mix (New Mix) 3 eggs 1/2 c water, 7 T butter

DH Golden Butter Moist Cake Mix (Old Mix) 3 eggs, 2/3 c water, 8 T butter

Lannie1353035880.531985 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 11/15/2012 Snowpuppy said:

For those who just want to prepare the new smaller size box mix, I think I hit on it!!

The new size boxes of cake mix are about 83% of the old size at about 15oz. An 8" round cake pan is 88% the size of the 9" pan. They should be roughly the same depth. In theory........your new box mixes should come out fine using (2) 8" round pans.

I have Nordicware quarter sheet pans. They were fairly inexpensive at my local grocer, Meijer at about $8 and are good quality.They measure about 8.5x11x1.

I calculated this against a 9x13x2 and it's approximately 80% of the area if you use 2 quarter sheet pans.

In theory, you should be able to bake your cakes in these pans without any issue other than watching the time.

Any thoughts??

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I was thinking along the same line, but I am so mathematically challenged, lol!

The way I figure, the 9x13 is 117 sq inches and 83% of that is 97 sq inches.

The 11.5x8 is 92 sq inches which is close, so if I had one, I would try that. The pan would need the higher sides and the cake would come out a little bit higher/deeper, but I would rather have that than a flatter cake.

However, the two 8 inch round ones seem like they might work also, but I don't usually want a layer cake.

Anyway why should we have to try and figure this all out to begin with, these companies make me soooo mad. Everyone e-mail them with your displeasure. I have e-mailed Pillsbury so far and intend to e-mail the others.

Sunshine K­ate1353071615.25712236 PostsRegistered 11/13/2006The Beautiful Mountains & Western Sky
On 11/15/2012 Barbarainnc said:

Sunshine Kate, They say the new cake mixes aren't working and some are adding more cake mix to the new to bring it back to 18.25. I just wondered if the directions should change back to the old directions if I'm adding more cake mix. ?? Maybe not. ??

DH Golden Butter Moist Cake Mix (New Mix) 3 eggs 1/2 c water, 7 T butter

DH Golden Butter Moist Cake Mix (Old Mix) 3 eggs, 2/3 c water, 8 T butter

Thanks, Barbarainnc. Maybe people should go back to making homemade cakes. If no one buys these boxed cake mixes, it will change.


Respectfully ~
Kate

StylishLady1353072066.174023 PostsRegistered 11/25/2009Florida

I haven't had to use a cake mix in a while and was not aware of the downsizing. Thanks for the heads up.

Moonlady1353086968.41714533 PostsRegistered 8/2/2007Upstate NY
On 11/15/2012 Sunshine Kate said:

If you buy the new cake mixes, aren't the directions on the box how to make it? I don't understand this question.


Yes, the directions are on the box for smaller cakes/layers. If you want a cake to be the old size and plan to add additional cake mix, you then need to have the correct proportions, number of eggs, liquid, etc.

Thankfully, one of our favorite recipes called for a box of DH cake mix, with additional ingredients--in other words, I needed a box of cake mix but didn't follow the directions on the box. So all I need to do is add an additional 3 oz of cake mix.

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Carol12291353123305.5131782 PostsRegistered 12/20/2010

I fear using more cake mix may not fix the problem. I've been researching solutions for this and no one seems to know what to do. The reformulation has apparently added more leavening which causes holes and tunnels and no matter if you add more mix or not-the cake doesn't come out right.

It's a sad state of affairs that it came to this......I'm being polite.......I'm beyond irate that so many of my old "enhanced cake mix" recipes for cookies, bars AND cakes are useless-and don't even get me started about all the cookbooks I have that specifically use the 18.25 oz. cake mixes that won't be of any use to me now.

I'm NOT happy.............and emails, "snail mail" and phone calls to these people fall on deaf ears. They basically say it will work fine, deal with it. NO IT WON'T! Maddening is what it is.......URGH!!!!!!!!!!!! {#emotions_dlg.angry}

fashion_fr­eak1353125388.283859 PostsRegistered 9/23/2009

Unfortunately everyone is downsizing and adding higher prices. They claim its to cover the higer gas prices, but funny how when gas goes back down prices don't change at all!!

KathyInCol­orado1353159953.521956 PostsRegistered 9/27/2005

Hi! I was at WalMart a couple of weeks ago and thought that there wasn't many kinds of cake mix to choose from. Thanks for letting me know that I'm not loosing my eye sight. (grin) Didn't even look at the Jiffy Mixes (I will next time I shop).

I did bake Butterscotch Bars with the smaller cake mix and added 1/4 cup all purpose flour to the mix. I believe it worked out fine. My DH (cookie monster) will like them. However, I have not made a cake with it.

When I do, I will post the outcome. It is so frustrating..

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