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Yellow Cake

A classic at most birthday parties, yellow cakes are beloved for their dense yet tender buttery layers that pair well with a range of icings, including basic vanilla buttercreams and rich chocolate frostings. Yellow cake is a general term for a simple cake based on the combination of butter and sugar, the addition of eggs, and the alternating additions of flour (plus leavening and salt) and a liquid.

 

Like most butter cakes, yellow cake’s texture relies on a good, thorough creaming of room temperature butter with sugar. The mixture should be very light and fluffy before adding any eggs. Some yellow cakes call for regular all-purpose flour; others rely on cake flour for a finer, more delicate crumb to the cake. Likewise, some recipes call for milk as the liquid, while others opt for buttermilk to add a bit of tang to the recipe. Decide which you prefer, then seek out those recipes. Always include a splash of pure vanilla extract for the best-tasting cake. Get a good recipe under your belt and you’ll be the hero of the day at just about any occasion.

A classic at most birthday parties, yellow cakes are beloved for their dense yet tender buttery layers that pair well with a range of icings, including basic vanilla buttercreams and rich chocolate frostings. Yellow cake is a general term for a simple cake based on the combination of butter and sugar, the addition of eggs, and the alternating additions of flour (plus leavening and salt) and a liquid.

 

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This is the kind of classic, all-American layer cake that birthday memories are made of. It's guaranteed to please a crowd. To make an 8-inch layer cake, as featured on "Martha Bakes," use 1 teaspoon salt and finish with Mrs. Milman's Chocolate Frosting. Adapted from "Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook."

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This rich yellow layer cake with sour-lemon filling and chocolate frosting has been one of Martha's favorites since she was a child. Buttermilk adds depth to the dense cake; the frosting creates an impressive presentation when spread atop it. To set the frosting, chill the frosted cake for about 10 minutes before serving.

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Let a graduate know he or she is congratulated and adored: Our standout chocolate sheet cake has intense flavor and a rich, dense frosting made from melted bittersweet chocolate and cream cheese. Atop the cake is a pile of small "diplomas," airy tuile cookies that are curled around the handle of a wooden spoon and tied with strips of sour candy.

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Twelve batches of Moist Yellow Cake batter are needed to yield two 6-inch round layers, two 10-inch layers, and two 14-inch layers. Fill each 6-inch pan with 1 3/4 cups of batter. Fill each 10-inch pan with 5 cups of batter. Fill each 14-inch pan with 11 cups of batter.

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To make the skirt for a doll's dress cake like this one: Make half the recipe, and bake in a buttered and floured 3-quart, 9 1/2-inch-diameter stainless-steel bowl at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

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