Yellow Cake Recipes

Yellow Cake Recipes – So I didn’t realize it was my birthday this weekend (TODAY!) until literally two days ago. In my head I thought we were still in late winter/early spring (and NOT mid-June, ahhhh). A large part of that disorientation comes from working on my book. The past year […]

So I didn’t realize it was my birthday this weekend (TODAY!) until literally two days ago. In my head I thought we were still in late winter/early spring (and NOT mid-June, ahhhh). A large part of that disorientation comes from working on my book. The last year was particularly hard; I’ve pretty much been in a constant sprint to meet editing deadlines since the start of the year. Which seems fitting, because literally two years ago on this date, my book went up for auction (also on my 30th birthday, eeeep—do not recommend having a book auction on your birthday, lol).

Yellow Cake Recipes

Yellow Cake Recipes

And here’s something I haven’t told you about: the results of my book auction were disappointing. So disappointing that until the moment I held my breath and decided to reluctantly sign the contract with my publisher, I was convinced I wasn’t going to do the book at all. My expectations of my progress were inflated, but perhaps not unwarranted. At the time I knew the book was going to be a lot of work (and even then I grossly underestimated how much work it really, really ended up being), that 15% of that money automatically went to my literary agent with the rest, that must be extended beyond the years it takes to write a book. I deserved to be fairly compensated for my work and my time. I was also still working my tech job at the time, and as I saw it at the time, it was a choice between keeping it or writing the book – I knew then that I couldn’t do both at the same time (and oh boy, was I right about that), in addition to blogging as well. Did I really want to leave my comfortable six figure and very stable job for something so unknown?

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In the end, I still don’t know what compelled me to accept the book deal. I wish I could say that in the two years that have passed since, it was clear that it was the right decision. But that would be a lie. The book took a massive toll on my health, both physically (I gained 20 pounds on my 5″3 frame while developing the recipes, then went on several crazy diets to lose that weight) and mentally. If that’s something you’re interested in, I can talk more about the pros and cons of writing a book in the coming months. Because I’m going to stop myself here before this birthday post turns out to be even more depressing, lol.

However, I will say that writing a book taught me many things in the kitchen and ultimately made me a better baker. To develop recipes for Weeknight Baking, I would spend days trying different recipes for the same thing, as well as making the same ones over and over again. One of those recipes was for classic yellow cake, one of my favorite desserts to eat. I thought I had seen all the different ways to make yellow cake, but this recipe from King Arthur Flour (which they named recipe of the year) surprised me. The recipe uses warm milk, which gives the cake a unique taste and is an old-fashioned way of making the cakes more fine-grained and rise higher than they would otherwise. Topped with a creamy, classic chocolate frosting, it was the perfect birthday present. This classic yellow cake recipe is soft, buttery and moist with a delicate crumb and just the right amount of sweetness. Its simple vanilla flavor is perfect to showcase your favorite frosting or enjoy on its own. Best of all? This cake is made completely from scratch.

It is chemically engineered in a food science lab to be incredibly soft and rise perfectly every time.

Mom used it when I was a kid and I liked it (although as a youngster I considered myself Team Pie until I started making pies from scratch).

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Last year I decided to buy two boxes of cake mix out of curiosity. I had been making homemade cakes for ages and I was curious why people love box mixes so much.

Homemade cake recipes have a method that typically looks like this: cream butter and sugar, add eggs, then alternately add the dry and wet ingredients.

I dumped the cake mix and add-ins into my stand mixer, put it on high speed and away I went. A few minutes later, the dough was fluffy like a cloud.

Yellow Cake Recipes

That, my friends, is my argument for why you should make this homemade yellow cake recipe. I don’t want to preach about chemical ingredients because I love Cool Ranch Doritos.

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This yellow cake recipe gets its color and vanilla flavor from egg yolks, whereas white cakes only use egg whites.

Although this is not always the case, white cakes often use cake flour, while yellow cakes typically use all-purpose flour.

Preheat to 350 degrees F, then grease the bottoms of two 8-inch cake pans (do not grease the sides), then top with parchment rounds.

Tip: If possible, place the cake tins on a baking tray. This will make it much easier to take both cakes in and out of the oven. Step 2: Combine wet and dry ingredients in separate bowls

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Combine the half and half and vanilla in a liquid measuring cup, then crack the eggs into a small bowl or separate liquid measuring cup.

If necessary, scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl to incorporate any bits of sugar or butter that are not whipped into the mixture.

Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter mixture. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl after adding the last egg.

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Tip: The yellow cake batter may look a little curled at this point. It’s completely normal! Step 5: Add the wet and dry ingredients

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You must alternate between adding the dry and wet ingredients to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the dry.

Don’t skip this step! It is incredibly important that you spend those few extra seconds beating the cake batter. This builds the structure of the dough and gives a better cake.

Use an offset spatula to even out the tops of the cakes. If you skip this step, your cake may rise unevenly in the oven. Bake the yellow cake until it is set in the center and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

You will probably need to use a knife to release the sides of the cake before carefully turning the cake out.

Vanilla Sheet Cake

You can frost this cake with any frosting you like, but I’ve made some notes in the recipe card below if you’re looking for an easy recipe.

Although not essential, I think certain tools like offset spatulas and parchment rounds are very useful. If you would like to know more about my recommendations for cake equipment, as well as general tips and tricks, check out my article: How to make a perfect layer cake.

Before you put the cake in the oven, make sure the tops are level (I do this with an offset spatula). This will help ensure they bake evenly.

Yellow Cake Recipes

If the tops are still baking unevenly, use a serrated bread knife to shave off some of the excess cake before frosting.

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Weigh the flour on a kitchen scale, or at least make sure you measure it correctly. Here’s an article on why this is important: How to Measure Flour

Avoid substituting ingredients and equipment, at least the first time you prepare a recipe. Eggs of different sizes change the texture of the dough.

So will different types of sugar. If you use non-dairy, skimmed or whole milk instead of half and half, the cake will be denser and drier.

Increasing the size of the cake tin will increase the baking time and potentially affect the structure of the cake.

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For example, a 9-inch cake pan is actually 25% larger than an 8-inch cake pan, so to get the exact same cake, you’d need to increase the ingredients by 25%. Learn more about this here.

Make sure your baking soda is active. Baking soda and powder expire over time, preventing cakes from rising.

If you liked this yellow cake recipe, be sure to check out my Rum Cake, Vanilla Cream Cakes,  Creme Fraiche Coffee Cake and Chocolate Malt Layer Cake. For even more homemade cake and cupcake recipes, be sure to visit my dessert recipe archives.

Yellow Cake Recipes

This yellow cake recipe has a delicate crumb and the perfect level of sweetness. It’s the best cake recipe to top with your favorite buttercream. I recommend chocolate!

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Calories: 258 kcal | Carbohydrates: 35 g | Protein: 3 g | Fat: 11 g | Saturated fat: 6 g | Cholesterol: 74 mg | Sodium: 244 mg | Potassium: 90 mg | Sugar: 21

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