Pancakes can be made from cake mix, but only adding water to the mix will result in an odd consistency. The other ingredients such as eggs and oil should also be used.Continue Reading
Pancake Mix Versus Cake Mix
Pancake mix and cake mix are similar in many ways; they both have flour, sugar, a leavening agent, and salt. However, pancake mix generally has less sugar and has the shortening (or oil) already added into the mix. Pancakes made from a basic pancake mix still call for eggs and milk or water, while a complete pancake mix generally only calls for water or milk. The complete mix already has powdered egg in it, which is why you don't need to add it.
Eggs and Oil or Shortening in Baking
Eggs are useful in baking because they add structure and leavening. The protein in eggs helps hold the pancake or cake together so it doesn't fall apart. They also assist the baking powder or soda in making the product rise, as well as help the oil and liquids in the recipe blend together. The oil or shortening adds flavor as well as moistening the pancake or cake.
Using a Cake Mix Without Oil or Eggs
If only water is added to a cake mix to make pancakes, the result will likely be something like a pancake. However, it will be more crumbly, due to the lack of eggs, and have less flavor. Also, it will likely be drier because it doesn't have the oil.Learn more about Cooking
A recipe for making a pound cake from a box of cake mix can be found on Food.com and the Duncan Hines website. Both recipes start with a box of yellow cake mix and make plain, yellow pound cake by adding common ingredients to the mix.Full Answer >
The major differences between homemade pancakes and those from a mix are the cooking time, ingredients and cost. Pancakes from a mix are typically faster to prepare but contain additional ingredients and cost slightly more per serving to make. For some people, the differences are insignificant and personal preference is the deciding factor.Full Answer >
When following the directions, which includes using a 1/2 cup of Bisquick baking mix to make three pancakes, a 28-ounce box of Bisquick will make 42 pancakes. The other ingredients needed include milk and eggs.Full Answer >
Zucchini can be added to cake mix by shredding the zucchini and adding it in place of oil. Zucchini is naturally moist and has the same baking traits as oil.Full Answer >