Yellow cake is so simple, yet there are many different recipes. It seems like a baker should have a favourite classic yellow cake recipe. After years (maybe that’s an exaggeration, but not really) of trying different cake recipes this has been my favourite by far!
It is originally from Ana Olsen. Link to the recipe here.
3/4 cup unsalted butter. I used salted and it turns out fine.
1 1/3 cup sugar
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cup cake and pastry flour. In this recipe, I remove 2 tbsp out of each 1 cup of flour and replace it with 2 tbsp of cornstarch. For the 1/2 cup I only replace 1 tbsp. This is an alternative to the cake and pastry flour combination.
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 and grease and flour 2 8-inch cake pans. Parchment paper can also be used to cover the cake pans.
Beat butter and sugar on high in an electric mixer until nice and fluffy. Then add one egg in at a time beating between each addition. After the eggs, add in vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Starting with the dry ingredients, add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately into the butter and sugar mixture. Beat well between additions.
Once the batter has been well mixed, pour evenly into 2 cake pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Mine tend to be ready at 25.
This is by far the best icing recipe I have found. It was originally from C. Taylor on Genius Kitchen here.
The only adjustment I usually do is to use whipping cream instead of milk. In this case, I will usually put in more cream until the frosting is very light and fluffy. This also tones down the intense sweetness a little.
1 cup butter, softened
3 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp milk. Or about 2 tbsp whipping cream, until icing looks fluffy
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
For chocolate icing, add 1/4 cup cocoa powder.
Beat butter on high in an electric mixer until it appears to have gone very white. The fluffier the better. I let it beat for awhile here then a lot more later on.
Add in sugar, milk, vanilla and salt. Beat even more, stopping to scrape down walls of the bowl. Continue to beat until very fluffy. If making chocolate icing, add in cocoa powder and beat some more. Frost cake once it is cool and enjoy!
What is your favourite flavour of cake?