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This is a great alternative to packaged mixes which often contain preservatives.
Stir ingredients for plain cake until well blended. Pour into 8-inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes. For a 9 x 13-inch pan or layer cakes, double ingredients.
Stir together cake mix, egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 cup milk. Bake in an 8-inch square pan at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile in small bowl, mix well butter, sugar, flour, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk. Fold in pecans. Remove cake from oven and spread butter mixture over cake. Return to oven and bake until bubbly.
Stir cake mix and cocoa together. Add egg, water and vanilla extract. Pour into an 8-inch square pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes. Dust top with confectioners'sugar, if desired.
Chocolate Chip and Nut Cake
Stir together all ingredients, except chips and nuts. Spread in an 8-inch square pan. Sprinkle with chips and nuts. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes.