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Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Chocolate Cake Mix Recipe
Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Chocolate Cake Mix
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Dessert
Calories: 170
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.3 (12 reviews)
Lets say you want to make some chocolate cake from one of the popular mixes that come in a box but you don't have much of a craving for propylene glycol mono- and diesters of fats, polyglycerol esters of fatty acids, cellulose gum, mono-and diglycerides or xanthan gum. Well, if you're making cake from a box mix, that's probably what you'll be eating. Many of those additives are what give the cake you make with Duncan Hines cake mix its deluxe moistness. The good news is we can come very close to duplicating the store-bought cake mix with very simple dry ingredients and a little shortening. By combining the dry stuff, then thoroughly mixing in the shortening, you will have a mix that is shelf-stable until you add the same wet ingredients in the same amounts required by the real thing. Its a great way to make good, old-fashioned chocolate cake without the hard-to-pronounce additives.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups baker's sugar (superfine sugar)
Amy Martinez  
Submitted on: 09/14/11
My daughter has severe allergies to many packaged Items. This cake recipe works out perfect for us, thank you so much for adding this.
Submitted on: 05/13/08
This is a GREAT recipe! It's my new favorite chocolate cake. I have made it several times and it is never dry. I have to watch my sodium intake so I leave out the salt. It is still the best.
Submitted on: 03/07/06
Great recipe!! I live in Costa Rica where box mixes are just coming available. I make several batches at a time and store them in canning jars. I omit the cocoa and add extracts or spices for variations.
Submitted on: 08/24/05
I am surprised that anyone said this recipe was dry, mine was extremely moist, they fell apart. I made them as cupcakes and I tend to reduce the baking time. Anyway, I think they were great and I agree that it is nice to not have all of the additives.
Submitted on: 08/05/05
At last - the convenience of a mix without the additives! It did seem to be a little drier than I could have wished, but not so much I won't be keeping it in my pantry.
Submitted on: 07/27/05
My husband just loved it. I bake every week for him (chocolate of course!) and his response to this cake was ..."now this is a REAL cake" I personally like the texture better than the boxed cakes plus none of the additives that you get with the boxed cakes!
Submitted on: 07/22/05
My daughter has a nut allgery-THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. It was great, made it for her birthday, next will try adding vanilla as "Pam" suggested in the reviews.
Submitted on: 07/22/05
For the life of me I don't understand why anyone would want to clone a boxed cake mix! There are so many wonderful cake recipes around it makes no sense to to copy a mix. If you're going to make a cake from scratch, use a good recipe. If you want a mix tasting cake, spend a buck and buy the box mix.
Submitted on: 07/21/05
Outstanding! I was actually looking for a clone, of the Duncan Hines Chocolate Cake, on your sight this past December to use for my son's birthday cake. I was dissapointed then, but am VERY pleased now! The Duncan Hines Chocolate Cake mix just came to Ireland about 6 months ago and cost about the equivalant of $6 a box here. I whipped up your recipe earlier and my husband and his family just love the cake. Thank you so very much for what you do.
Submitted on: 07/20/05
The cake was great. The mix looked thinner than the boxed mix while it was in the mixing bowl, but it rose up fine in the oven. I think it tasted better than the boxed kind. The only thing I might do differently next time I make it is add a teaspoon of vanilla.
Submitted on: 07/20/05
It was good, but I was rather disappointed. It was too dry for my liking. I bake every week for my husband's job, so I do know what I'm doing. Guess I'll stick to my own scratch cakes.
Submitted on: 07/18/05
Delicious! My daughter and I made it tasted great. The funny thing is it rose higher than the box mixes I use, so I am really pleased with that (I also cheated a little and used 1/2 Splenda instead of all sugar)