How to Make Your Favorite Cake and Cookie Recipes Even Better

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Experiment! Look what you might add to your recipes.

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This is a carrot cake. It started out as a yellow cake.

We added spices, grated carrots, and nuts. Then we had a carrot cake.

(If you want to see the basic mix and how to morph it into a carrot cake, click here. The mix is on sale right now for $1.00.)

But we didn’t stop there; we kept adding. Now we have a recipe for pineapple carrot cake, cinnamon carrot cake, candied ginger carrot cake.

Read on see a list of inclusions for your recipes and estimated starting posts for how much to add.

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Inclusions for Your Favorite Recipes and How Much You Might Add

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You’ll have to decide whether pineapple or candied ginger, or craisins will go well in your favorite recipes. But be adventuresome. There’s gold in your recipes.

The estimates are pretty general and you will have to call your own shots. The amounts listed are our guesses based on our experience and our recipes.

This is a list that we developed for cinnamon chips. It’s a good estimate for chocolate and other chips, chopped nuts, and chopped dried fruit. You can add these to breads, muffins, cookies, and pancakes. Always add them right at the end of the mixing or kneading process.

For pancakes, add 2/3 cup for each pound of pancake mix

For yeast breads, add 3/4 cup per loaf

For sweet breads, add 1 cup per loaf

For cookies, add 1 1/2 to 2 cups per 4 dozen batch

For muffins, add 1 cup per twelve muffins

For a sheet cake, add 1 to 1 1/2 cups per large cake

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About Liquids

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For most recipes, the amount of liquid is important. Too much, and your cookies may spread too much and your cake may not rise. If you’re going to add wet ingredients, you will need to reduce other liquids.

If you wish to add canned pineapple, drain it well and then substitute the pineapple juice for other liquids in the recipe.

Zucchini is mostly water. If you want to add zucchini, consult our e-book, “The Last Zucchini Cookie.”

Sugar melts in the oven. If you want your recipe to be sweeter, you may need adjust other liquids.

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About Flavors

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The world of flavors is amazing. We use maybe 80 flavors in our test kitchen and sell about 40. (See our available flavors here.)

If you want just a hint of flavor, try a half teaspoon. If you want a more pronounced flavor, try a teaspoon. Be careful not to add too much; many flavors become bitter if the concentration to is too much.

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