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BettyR

Easy From Scratch Basic Yellow Cake

I have been trying to find a good (from scratch) yellow cake recipe that’s moist, tender and has good flavor. After months of searching, testing and tinkering I’ve finally found what I was looking for.

This is a combination of two recipes; one was a pound cake and the other was a yellow cake. All of the yellow cakes that I had tried were the fat and sugar cream method and it was just not giving me what I wanted in a cake. Then I came across a pound cake recipe that dumped everything in a bowl and beat it up. It turned out moist and tender but heavier of course than a yellow cake.

So I decided to try combining the two recipes and hit the nail on the head the second try. I’ve made three more since just to be sure it would come out the same each time and it does.

Here is the recipe. Be sure to read the recipe well before making...

Basic Yellow Cake

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (do not sift the flour)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
Vegetable oil
1 stick butter (not margarine), softened
1-tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350°

Cut wax paper to fit the bottom of (3) 9 x 1 1/2-inch round pans. Spray the pans with cooking spray, place the wax paper in the pans and spray the paper.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, mixing well.

Measure the 1-1/4 cups of milk in a 2 cup measuring cup….then add enough vegetable oil to bring the liquid up to 1-1/3 cups.

Add the milk/vegetable oil mixture, butter and vanilla to the flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium to medium-high speed for 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed.

Add the eggs and continue beating an additional 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near center of cake comes out clean, or until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center.

Cool cakes on wire racks for 15 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely.

Frost as desired.




clazar123's picture
clazar123

The crumb looks really great. When I've tried doing a scratch yellow cake in the past it always tasted so....pasty-like raw flour.  The butter and milk must add good flavor to this recipe. I need a good yellow cake recipe to add to my collection.


The oil  amount in the above recipe turns out to be  1  tbsp. plus 1 tsp.or 1 1/3 tbsp-if you want to put an amount down.


 

BettyR's picture
BettyR

OK...thanks!

Patf's picture
Patf

To get a really yellow colour use eggs from hens fed on maize.


That cake looks delicious Betty - made my mouth water!

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gardenchef

This cake looks so incredibly delicious! Congrats on figuring out the recipe, I'll try it sometime. Though we have a family cake recipe that is 100 years old, 'grandma bridgie's cake'. It's simple easy and doesn't compare to box or bakery cakes. Shall I share? I never have...


It was grandma bridgie's (my husband's grandmother), passed down to one of her daughters (aunt mary). The name became 'aunt mary's cake' for decades and she passed it onto me when she could no longer cook...no one else in the family has it b/c they don't bake. I'll always call it one of the two above names, it is not my cake I was just priviliged to be the recipient of the the family recipe (which btw is probably similar to some old time cake recipes).


Our cake is clearly more yellow than yours though. If mixed by hand it has a slightly heavier almost cornbread crumb. With mixer it becomes a smoother crumb. Our family likes it by hand.


happy baking and enjoy your cake, cathy


 


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BettyR's picture
BettyR

I would love to have the recipe if you wouldn't mind sharing.


 


I have a pound cake recipe that I wheedled out of a lady who owned a catering business...she was serving at a party I had been invited to many years ago and it is to die for and really easy to make. I also have an over 100-year-old pecan cake recipe that is cooked in a cast iron skillet.


I'll share if you share...teehee!!

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shuttervector

Thanks. This cake looks delicious and I have two birthday parties coming up. What is your favorite chocolate icing recipe?

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BettyR

This is our favorite chocolate frosting...it also is a very old recipe. This is the frosting that is on the cake in the picture. I make 1&1/2 recipes to frost a 3 layer cake with, one recipe isn't enough. One recipe is good for a 9x13 inch pan.

Glossy Chocolate Frosting

 Mix together:

      1 cup sugar

      1/4 cup cornstarch

      5 tablespoons cocoa

      1/2 tablespoon butter

      1/2 teaspoon salt

 

Stir in 1 cup boiling water and cook over medium heat until thick and bubbly...

Add 1/2 stick of butter and 2 teaspoons vanilla.

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jude31

I would love to have Grandma Brigie's yellow cake recipe.  It sounds like what my grandmother used to bake.  She died whenI was 9 and no one has the recipe.


Thanks.

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gardenchef

but what is good is life & food, if stories & recipes aren't handed down right? I can't ask permission of the original bakers. Though I bet if they were around to see how the world of baking and sharing ideas has evolved thru the internet they would be right with me. TRUE BAKERS from the heart that they were.


I'll post GRANDMA BRIDGIE'S CAKE recipe on my website tomorrow. Must get some sleep now. 'nite all


~ cathy


www.footbridgecove.blogspot.com


 

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apprentice

Is your all purpose flour bleached or unbleached? Our Canadian unbleached is quite strong in protein level, good enough for most breads.


I'm tempted to say your AP must be bleached, as cake flour usually is. But would love to know for sure.

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shuttervector

I'm not sure but I would think that King Arthur doesn't sell bleached flour. They do sell cake flour, though. I have ordered bread flour, wheat flour, and high gluten flour from them as well as other speciality items like powdered buttermilk and been very satisfied.


If you have a store like Whole Foods or Henry's you may be able to get cake flour out of a bin by weight.


Shuttervector

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apprentice

Thanks but I have access to all kinds of flour. Was just curious as to what sort of AP Betty was using to get that lovely texture. Appreciate your impulse to help, though.

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BettyR

I live in the Southern US and our all purpose flour is very low in protein about 6 to 8% and is used mostly for biscuits, cakes, cookies and the like. It's not the same thing as cake flour as cake flour here in the US has been treated with clorine to further break down the strength of the gluten.


If we want flour to make bread we either add vital wheat gluten (which is sold in almost every grocery store) to our AP flour or buy bread flour. I personally mill my own whole wheat flour for making bread.


 

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apprentice

That's cool and so interesting! No wonder you Southerners are famous for your biscuits! And cakes! I could use bleached AP then, but I think I'd opt for cake flour making your recipe. At least, I'll try that first. As I mentioned below to the other poster, the texture looks lovely. Congrats on your successful experiment.

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Crider

I had been looking for wheat starch for some time. I could order it in bulk from my local health-food store, but I would have to buy 5 lbs. minimum. Then, my wife found it in a Middle Eastern grocery. The maker (distributer, actually) sells it online for $1.39 per 12 oz. That way, I can add it to my California AP flour and make a good biscuit dough.

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BettyR

I don't know how high in protein your AP flour is but I think I would try mixing the two half and half. I don't think I would use all cake flour. This cake needs a little tiny bit of gluten development to hold it together or it would just fall apart.

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apprentice

Hi Betty, thanks for the reply. For anyone who's interested, here's a link to the product info detail for a well known Canadian brand (Robin Hood): http://www.robinhood.ca/product.category.asp?prodcid=44


Canadian AP can be used gram for gram, ounce for ounce in place of bread flour. Both are around 13% protein content (bread and AP whether bleached or unbleached but unbleached best for bread). I don't use this particular brand of cake flour, but our cake flour would also seems to be equal to or higher in protein than your AP - somewhere between 6 and 10%. Made with soft wheat, of course.

BettyR's picture
BettyR

If your cake flour is that high in protein then you are right and should just use the cake flour...I think it would work just fine.

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gardenchef

Hi Folks...


So sorry for the delay in posting this recipe, hopefully you'll find it worth the wait. Please leave feedback on my blog once you've tried it.


RECIPE HERE : www.footbridgecove.blogspot.com 


MERRY CHRISTMAS and God Bless You All


~ Cathy


 

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jbaudo

I was reading the recipe and noticed that it doesn't call for eggs.  I have never seen a cake recipe with no eggs.  Does it hold together alright without them?

BettyR's picture
BettyR

Here is one of the recipes I said I would share for the Grandma Bridgie's Cake

Judie's "Big" Pound Cake
January 12,1998

3 c. sugar
3 c. flour
6 eggs
2 sticks butter (softened)
1/2 c. shortening
1 c. milk
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract(I leave this out and increase the vanilla to 1 tablespoon. I don't like almond extract.)
3 tsp. baking powder

Place all ingredients in a LARGE bowl .....
Beat 5 minutes on high speed
Pour batter into large tube or bunt pan (WELL greased) (OR 1/2 sheet pan)

Bake 350 for 45 minutes - 1 hour (until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean)

Always place a foil covered sheet pan under the Bunt pan as this cake sometimes will overflow it's pan. The crunchy little "cookies" that form from the overflow are a special treat for the cook.

Allow to cool in pan until luke warm. Once removed from the pan, I let it sit on a wire rack and cover the whole thing with a heavy towel, till the next day ... This allows the "crunch" to form. If you flip it onto a plate or serving platter right away, the part that *was* the top (open end of pan) can get soggy.

Dust with powdered sugar

The pan I prefer to use most often (for a Bundt)is an old Nordic Ware 14 cup capacity, very big & VERY heavy. It was my Grandmothers, I don't know they make it anymore.

This cake also fits perfectly in a 1/2 sheet pan.

As far as the texture ... The best way I can describe it is "velvety" and rich. The top (open end of pan) gets the most delicious crispy little "crunch".

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furbie

all these yummy recipes!!!! thank you so much for sharing, betty & cathy....


oh & betty, I'd love your skillet nut recipe you mentioned earlier too.....no pressure tho!!! LOL!!


happy holidays everyone! pat

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BettyR

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A lady on a cooking forum I'm a member of posted this recipe a few years ago...it's been in her family for well over 100 years.


 


I like it a little under cooked so that the middle falls when you take it out of the pan and is still a little on the gooey side. It's sort of like a cross between a pecan pie and a cake.



 


AUNT RUTH'S PECAN CAKE


 


TIP: place a shallow pan of water on lower rack while baking cake.


 


In iron skillet melt:


2 sticks butter (swirl around to coat the sides)


 


In lg. bowl mix:


1 3/4 cup self-rising flour (If you don't have self-rise flour use all purpose and add 3 teaspoons baking powder)


2 1/4 cups sugar


3-4 cups pecans (broken into pieces)


1 Tbsp. vanilla


3 lg. eggs (I use 4 sometimes)


 


In lg. bowl, add dry ingredients plus eggs & vanilla. Add melted butter. Mix with spoon & pour into skillet. (This is very heavy, thick & dense). Bake at 325 for approx 1 hour - 1 hr. 15 min. Check for doneness after 45-50 minutes in case your oven cooks faster. I cover top with foil if it starts to get too brown.


 


DON'T OVERCOOK. It is better to get the middle almost but not quite set...it will finish cooking a bit after it is removed from the oven. After cake has cooled 10-15 minutes, I run a knife around the edges to release it then flip it over onto a plate. Make sure your skillet is seasoned real well to prevent sticking in the middle. (Personally I cut a round piece of wax paper and put it in the bottom of the pan to keep it from sticking)


This freezes very well.

BettyR's picture
BettyR



A lady on a cooking forum I'm a member of posted this recipe a few years ago...it's been in her family for well over 100 years.


 


I like it a little under cooked so that the middle falls when you take it out of the pan and is still a little on the gooey side. It's sort of like a cross between a pecan pie and a cake.


 


 


AUNT RUTH'S PECAN CAKE


 


TIP: place a shallow pan of water on lower rack while baking cake.


 


In iron skillet melt:


2 sticks butter (swirl around to coat the sides)


 


In lg. bowl mix:


1 3/4 cup self-rising flour (If you don't have self-rise flour use all purpose and add 3 teaspoons baking powder)


2 1/4 cups sugar


3-4 cups pecans (broken into pieces)


1 Tbsp. vanilla


3 lg. eggs (I use 4 sometimes)


 


In lg. bowl, add dry ingredients plus eggs & vanilla. Add melted butter. Mix with spoon & pour into skillet. (This is very heavy, thick & dense). Bake at 325 for approx 1 hour - 1 hr. 15 min. Check for doneness after 45-50 minutes in case your oven cooks faster. I cover top with foil if it starts to get too brown.


 


DON'T OVERCOOK. It is better to get the middle almost but not quite set...it will finish cooking a bit after it is removed from the oven. After cake has cooled 10-15 minutes, I run a knife around the edges to release it then flip it over onto a plate. Make sure your skillet is seasoned real well to prevent sticking in the middle. (Personally I cut a round piece of wax paper and put it in the bottom of the pan to keep it from sticking)


This freezes very well.

BettyR's picture
BettyR



 


A lady on a cooking forum I'm a member of posted this recipe a few years ago...it's been in her family for well over 100 years.


 


I like it a little under cooked so that the middle falls when you take it out of the pan and is still a little on the gooey side. It's sort of like a cross between a pecan pie and a cake.


 


 


AUNT RUTH'S PECAN CAKE


 


TIP: place a shallow pan of water on lower rack while baking cake.


 


In iron skillet melt:


2 sticks butter (swirl around to coat the sides)


 


In lg. bowl mix:


1 3/4 cup self-rising flour (If you don't have self-rise flour use all purpose and add 3 teaspoons baking powder)


2 1/4 cups sugar


3-4 cups pecans (broken into pieces)


1 Tbsp. vanilla


3 lg. eggs (I use 4 sometimes)


 


In lg. bowl, add dry ingredients plus eggs & vanilla. Add melted butter. Mix with spoon & pour into skillet. (This is very heavy, thick & dense). Bake at 325 for approx 1 hour - 1 hr. 15 min. Check for doneness after 45-50 minutes in case your oven cooks faster. I cover top with foil if it starts to get too brown.


 


DON'T OVERCOOK. It is better to get the middle almost but not quite set...it will finish cooking a bit after it is removed from the oven. After cake has cooled 10-15 minutes, I run a knife around the edges to release it then flip it over onto a plate. Make sure your skillet is seasoned real well to prevent sticking in the middle. (Personally I cut a round piece of wax paper and put it in the bottom of the pan to keep it from sticking)


This freezes very well.

BettyR's picture
BettyR

A lady on a cooking forum I'm a member of posted this recipe a few years ago...it's been in her family for well over 100 years.


 


I like it a little under cooked so that the middle falls when you take it out of the pan and is still a little on the gooey side. It's sort of like a cross between a pecan pie and a cake.


 


 


AUNT RUTH'S PECAN CAKE


 


TIP: place a shallow pan of water on lower rack while baking cake.


 


In iron skillet melt:


2 sticks butter (swirl around to coat the sides)


 


In lg. bowl mix:


1 3/4 cup self-rising flour (If you don't have self-rise flour use all purpose and add 3 teaspoons baking powder)


2 1/4 cups sugar


3-4 cups pecans (broken into pieces)


1 Tbsp. vanilla


3 lg. eggs (I use 4 sometimes)


 


In lg. bowl, add dry ingredients plus eggs & vanilla. Add melted butter. Mix with spoon & pour into skillet. (This is very heavy, thick & dense). Bake at 325 for approx 1 hour - 1 hr. 15 min. Check for doneness after 45-50 minutes in case your oven cooks faster. I cover top with foil if it starts to get too brown.


 


DON'T OVERCOOK. It is better to get the middle almost but not quite set...it will finish cooking a bit after it is removed from the oven. After cake has cooled 10-15 minutes, I run a knife around the edges to release it then flip it over onto a plate. Make sure your skillet is seasoned real well to prevent sticking in the middle. (Personally I cut a round piece of wax paper and put it in the bottom of the pan to keep it from sticking)


This freezes very well.

BettyR's picture
BettyR

A lady on a cooking forum that I'm a member of posted this recipe that has been in her family for over 100 years.


 


AUNT RUTH'S PECAN CAKE

TIP: place a shallow pan of water on lower rack while baking cake.

In iron skillet melt:
2 sticks butter (swirl around to coat the sides)

In lg. bowl mix:
1 3/4 cup self-rising flour (If you don't have self-rise flour, use all purpose and add 3 teaspoons baking powder)
2 1/4 cups sugar
3-4 cups pecans (broken into pieces)
1 Tbsp. vanilla
3 lg. eggs (I use 4 sometimes)

In lg. bowl, add dry ingredients plus eggs & vanilla. Add melted butter. Mix with spoon & pour into skillet. (This is very heavy, thick & dense). Bake at 325 for approx 1 hour - 1 hr. 15 min. Check for doneness after 45-50 minutes in case your oven cooks faster. I cover top with foil if it starts to get too brown.

DON'T OVERCOOK. It is better to get the middle almost set but it will finish cooking a bit after it is removed from the oven. After cake has cooled 10-15 minutes, I run a knife around the edges to release it then flip it over onto a plate. Make sure your skillet is seasoned real well to prevent sticking in the middle.
This freezes very well.

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BettyR

Happy New Year to you as well and yes this is a wonderful forum!!!


 


Hope your dad enjoys the cakes!

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gardenchef

I will definintely try these recipes. My dad loves pecan pie but as he has gotten older he has been saying it's too sweet and too nutty....yet he still requests it. I bet he WILL LOVE the pecan cake I will definitely bake it and let you know! Also my mom always used to make the (box kind of) pound cake mix...she always said it was a healthy dessert b/c it was fairly low in fat. I can't wait to try from scratch.


Thank you, thank you...isn't this forum great. Wishing you all a blessed New Year


~ cathy

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jamie

Betty R,


 


I used your moist basic yellow cake recipe today, and it is simply the best yellow cake I have ever tasted.  Wonderfully moist and somewhat heavy textured -- just how I like it.  Superb.  I've tossed my old recipe into the trash!


 


Thanks!!

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BettyR

I'm really glad you enjoyed it!! :)

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Mtbkracr

I tried the cake recipie and the chocolate frosting and it was fantastic.  The only things I changed was I used raw sugar and used baking chocolate for the frosting.  Also I baked it in a 9X13 pan at 350 for about 22 minutes.....That was a big mistake as the center never got the heat it needed while the sides got baked.  So my first question to you more experianced bakers is:


If I'm using a 9X13 pan should I bake at 325 for more like 25-30 minutes?


As for the frosting it tasted fantastic but I am used to canned frosting from the store in terms of texture and consistancy, the frosting I made came out with more of a pudding frosting.  So my question here is:


is there anything I can do or change to get the frosting a bit firmer?


 


thanks guys!

BettyR's picture
BettyR

To get the frosting firmer just add a little more cornstarch.

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mrpresident

I'm trying the pecan cake recipe this weekend; this looks really delicious and easy.

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BettyR

you enjoy it.

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Mtbkracr

Thanks for the frosting tip!

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Belizegal09

Out of the blue, I decided to make a cake, a good ole fashion, simple recipe cake (since I had all the ingredients I thought I would need for a cake) and then I came across this recipe.  Because of all the favorable comments I read, decided to use this recipe. Well! I am glad I did!!!! The cake turned out AMAZING - moist, perfect sweetness, not too heavy, and it did not "fall" -LOL. For some reason, many times in the past, I've baked and my cakes "fall", still edible, but I hate that.....but not this time. Thanks for sharing your excellent recipe. Now, if only I can find a good recipe for home made pie crust. Thanks again for sharing!!!! Love the cake.

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mama_mia

Thank you so much for this cake recipe!! I use it regularly and it never fails. Delicious! Today I made it for my son's birthday, adding cocoa and baking chocolate to make a chocolate cake and it came out fantastic!! Bravo to you, Betty!

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pattycakes

What altitude does this cake work at?

Thanks!

 

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ivy loves to bake

Thanks for your recipe! I needed a cake for my daughter's bday. I used gluten-free all purpose flour and was still really delicious. Our guests loved it! Again thanks sooooo much!