Moist Deluxe Dark Chocolate Cake Mix (Copycat-Duncan Hines)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3⁄4 cups sugar
  • 3⁄4-1 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable shortening
To make cake
  • 1 1⁄3 cups water
  • 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs


1 _ Combine flour, sugar,cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Now stir to combine. Add shortening, using electric mixer on medium speed to blend the shortening into the dry ingredients.

2 _ Completely mix shortening until you can't see any chunks. This is the mix which may be kept in a sealed container for several months.

To make the cake:
3 _ Preheat the oven to 350*F. Grease sides and bottoms of two 9" baking pans, or one 9x13" pan.

4 _ Lightly flour the greased pans. Blend the dry cake mix(above) with water, oil, and eggs in a large bowl with the mixer at low speed until just moistened. Kick up the speed to medium and mix about 2 more minutes.

5 _ Pour batter into pans and bake 30-33 minutes for the 9" pans and 35-38 minutes for the 9x13" pan.If you wish to make cupcakes, bake for 19-22 minutes.