This cake got so many great reviews from home bakers (and a couple of pros), I'll have to try it. My question relates to a pro who mentioned how crumbly it looked in the picture. I agree that I couldn't sell something that looked like that when cut. Have any pro bakers tried this and is it as crumbly as the picture makes it seem?
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There's already been so many positive opinions given for this recipe. Just bake one off and see for yourself.
If it is too "crumbly," there are numerous ways to control that without changing the basic character of the cake. By way of example, a large, dry crumb often (usually?) results from over beating. Solution: Don't over beat. Sometimes it's from too many bubbles. Solution: Don't over beat and tamp the batter-filled pan on the counter a few times to settle the batter. Sometimes it's from over baking This could be a too hot oven, inattention, or... Solution: Don't over bake. And so it goes.
People make such a big deal about following baking recipes exactly, but that's BS. With even a modicum of understanding, you have a lot of control over the process and no good reason for not exercising it.
You're good at what you do and have no reason to be insecure about it. This is in your power-band.
the eyes are lifesavers with chocolate chips (swirled top knot down into the whole of the lifesaver), the nose is a gumdrop (what are they called Dots?) and the mouth is the colored gel in a tube you find at the supermarket; lastly the icing is vanilla canned stuff with red food coloring mixed right into the can! Mommy got her an Abby-Cadabby cake from the bakery, but of course Auntie's was better LOL
I have just read your cake recipe and I am very excited to try it. I have made a dozen or so scratch cakes and they all come out dense and dry. I was wondering though how I would adapt this to a different pan? I am making a cake for a friend's sons birthday, it is a lightning McQueen cake pan, and some cupcakes. Do you have any tips on how I could make it in that Wilton pan and 12-24 cupcakes? Thanks so much!
Steelersfan, I am by no means an expert baker, but I can lend advice.
This recipe for The Perfect Homemade Yellow Cake makes three layers or two layers and one pan of regulation sized cupcakes in my experience.
The Wilton Lightning McQueen Car Cake pan (and how cute is this cake pan) calls for a two layer mix.
So I would make one batch of batter, pour out your cupcakes and then pour the rest into “McQueen”. Cupcakes take 15-17 minutes (be careful not to over bake) @ 350⁰ and McQueen is 30-40 minutes.
Presto Change-o, you got some happy kids (and adults, it's really good)!
I totally agree with siduri...they may seem daunting to a newer baker but just follow the recipe and it will be fine...I also agree that the cake seems so much 'tougher' than american cakes...really did not enjoy it but it may have just been my 'skills'! Bake one and try it...what have you got to lose? I am referring to the genoise style cake...:)
Edited by Lizzie Jean - 7/24/11 at 12:23pm
hope the party is lovely.
please do let us know how it turns out, the party, and the cake of course
I too had to create an account just for this recipe!
For some reason I got it into my head that I should make this building blocks http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/building-blocks-cakes/ca36541e-624c-48af-ab78-68ef256e8903 cake for my son's 1st birthday. This probably isn't the best time to try a cake from scratch but once I get an idea into my head..
So I Googled for a from scratch yellow cake recipe and found this one with such good reviews. My concern is that this cake will be too crumbly to be able to frost and make it look smooth (even with a crumb frosting layer layer) Also, I saw a woman use a loaf pan to make these blocks (for a bigger block)[http://www.slashfood.com/2008/07/02/lego-my-cake/] I liked this because my 9x13 cakes don't come out very high. I'm just not sure if this recipe would be enough for two loaf pans and if so how long to bake them?
I have to make this cake on 08/06 so I don't have much time (yep I procrastinate till the last minute)
I would really appreciate your help, Thank you!
Wow, fondant sounds great!! I was thinking of trying a filling of some sort, like maybe lemon curd and then use a chocolate ganache on top.
In any case though, I will be making this recipe with the three 9 inch pans as BettyR called for.
The cupcakes that I made are still in the freezer, mainly 'cuz I knew that my husband would polish off that double layer in nothing flat!!
I am wondering if you add the lemon curd, will this cause the cake layers to move as you slice into it?
I was curious because this has happened to me before.
I just replied to you and it ended up under the frosting/icing/whipped topping thread.(???)
read what's two "threads" above this one for answers.
Mahalo Lentil, I was thinkin' the same...
this cake isn't like what alot of people would call cake
back in the day everyone made their own baked goods before betty crocker and duncan hines
my greatgrandmother made all of our baked goods and I never even stepped into a bakery until I was older
I made this cake last week, and although it was light and fluffy, I found it to be too sweet. Here are the small adjustments I made for the second batch:
1.The milk/oil combination is a bit odd, use 1.25c milk and 2T oil. (Hinayali-refer to these measurements)
2. Instead of 1.5c sugar use 1.25c sugar
Note: This is a good basic yellow cake recipe but I think it needs more 'depth', and by that I mean maybe adding a hint of other spices.
Lentil: When I baked this off it wasn't crumbly like it was in the picture. However, I put this in the walk in overnight and the next day the cake was a lot more dense. I didn't tort and assemble it so I can't give you a definite answer as to how good it would work in a professional kitchen. I may experiment with it more this coming week. I'll take pics if I do.
I just catered a wedding and a friend of the bride made the cake. What a mess! The icing- some sort of whipped cream glop- was sliding off even though the cake arrived an hour late and only sat out for less than 30 minutes. It was a 3 tier with so many stablizing posts there wasn't much cake left to cut once they were out, and it completely fell apart while we were cutting. Most pieces had to be patched together on the plates.
I think the biggest problem is that the cake was too fresh. Had it been refrigerated overnight before decorating, it would have been a bit more stable. The icing, such as it was, was most likely put on a cake that wasn't sufficiently cooled. And it was hot that day which didn't help at all! I'm also certain it was a box mix.
Off topic, I know, but it makes me want to try the cake that is the subject of this post even more.
I've been looking for a really good yellow cake recipe and when I typed in "really good homemade scratch yellow cake recipe", this was the first one to pop up and I read the review and saw the beautiful picture!!! Like you said all the recipes that you normally find are for a "pound cake type". I'm trying this one out tonight, will let you know tomorrow. Thanks a bunch!