2 (18 ounce) boxes white cake mix ( Betty Crocker or Pillsbury)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 2/3 cups water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons real vanilla
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 cups sour cream
8 large egg whites
Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir together with a wire whisk.
Add the remaining ingredients and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Pour into greased and floured cake pans, filling each pan a little over half full.
Lightly tap cake pans on counter to bring air bubbles to top.
Bake in preheated 325° F oven until cake tests done.
Baking time varies according to the size and depth of pans being used.
I used Wilton’s Bake Even Strips on my cake pans to ensure a level-topped cake which required absolutely no trimming– I highly recommend these, or good quality professional baking pans.
In 2″ deep pans, this recipe makes:.
One 14″ round and one 6″ round.
or One 16″ round.
or One 12″ round and one 10″ round.
or One 12 X 18″ sheet cake.
or One 12″ round and one 8″ round and one 6″ round.
or Two 9″ squares.
or 5 dozen cupcakes.
Half the recipe makes:.
Two 7″ rounds.
or Two 6″ rounds and 6 cupcakes.
For chocolate cake: use chocolate mixes and substitute 6 whole eggs for the egg whites.
For liqueur flavors: substitute alcohol (such as champagne or Kahlua) for about 1 cup of the water in the recipe.
For berry flavors: use frozen berries, thaw reserving the juice. Substitute the berry juice for part of the water in the recipe, and stir the berries in at the end.
For lemon cake: substitute lemon juice for about 1 cup of the water in the recipe, use 6 whole eggs instead of the whites, stir in 1 Tblsp lemon zest, and use 1 tsp of a good lemon extract in place of the almond.
For white chocolate: melt 8oz white baking chocolate & cool slightly. use 6 whole eggs in the recipe instead of the whites, temper the chocolate by stirring in a small amount of the batter, then add the white chocolate to the entire batter and stir well. Doesn’t bake up quite as high as the original, so add a pinch more batter to the pans.