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Everything you need to know about

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 basic cake can be doubled or tripled to create Individual Baked Alaskas, the Chrysanthemum Cake, the Chenille Panel Cake, or the Flower Power Cake. You will need to make enough batter to fill each cake pan three-quarters full. The batter can be made in batches for the larger cake layers.

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