My Favourite Yellow Cake + Icing Recipe

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!

Recipe

It is originally from Ana Olsen. Link to the recipe here.

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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.

Icing

This is by far the best icing recipe I have found. It was originally from C. Taylor on Genius Kitchen here.

Recipe

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.

Ingredients

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.

Instructions

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?

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DIY Gingerbread Latte

It’s the holiday season and festive drinks are one of the best parts! Instead of spending money on fancy coffees that also pack a lot of calories in one drink, making your own can be less heavy, cheaper and faster!

 

The Coffee

I happen to have a milk frother for making lattes, but instead of that you can use whip cream on top or skip the milk/cream on top in general.

The gingerbread syrup is adapted from this one by Billy on All Recipes.

1 cup of water

1 cup dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon ginger – it is pretty intense and spicy.

2 cinnamon sticks + 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon cloves

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

 

Directions

Combine sugar, water and all of the spices in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then let simmer for 25 minutes. Once it has simmered, take cinnamon sticks out and let the syrup cool. Enjoy!

Add to coffee, or to the cream before frothing, top with a bit of cinnamon for decoration! I put wayyy too much cinnamon on my coffee in the picture and ended up breathing it in and coughing for a while after haha.

 

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