Toba Garrett - Moist Yellow Cake

Baking By majormichel Updated 14 Apr 2013 , 5:54pm by schoolbaker

majormichel Posted 20 Aug 2007 , 4:02am
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Has anyone tried this recipe? Any thoughts?

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crazycakes2007 Posted 20 Aug 2007 , 4:05am
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A friend of mine ( who is not a big time baker but did use the right ingredients) just made it, and I thought it was a bit dense. She didn't sift her flour, though. I'm anxious to hear what others think...


chestercheeto Posted 26 Aug 2007 , 3:58am
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i won a bake-off at work with this recipe. filled with WBH chocolate-hazelnut mousse and iced with Toba's chocolate buttercream. it's not my personal favorite, but everyone who tried it loved it. my boss went for a second slice, and he doesn't usually eat sweets. it's very rich, buttery, and on the dense side, as most scratch cakes are. it does take some time to make. give it a try and be sure to let us know what you think.

RRGibson Posted 26 Aug 2007 , 4:03am
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Yes this is my standard yellow cake now and people looooove it! It took me a long time to find a good scratch cake recipe until I found this one. The only thing I do different is add a box of vanilla pudding, helps to make it a little more moist and not so dense.

karateka Posted 26 Aug 2007 , 4:04am
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I like this cake when it turns out. I made it once in 9 in pans and once in a wonder mold pan, and once in 6in pans, I think. The 9in cake came out well, the wonder mold was an unadulterated disaster, and the 6in overflowed the pan. (which could have been my fault, but I didn't fill it over halfway, so who knows?) other words, I don't really know. It tastes great when it comes out right, but I have a 1 for 3 record. Good luck!

melysa Posted 26 Aug 2007 , 4:12am
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i think its an amazing recipe. i never have a problem with it being dense. i whip the butter and sugar REALLY long just as the recipe says, and even beat the eggs in for a bit. that brings in alot of air and keeps it light. i think the flavor is absolutely wonderful. i also love the buttermilk in the cake, because the bmilk has lactic acid in it, this tenderizes the crumb of the cake, and keeps it really moist. i have used this as a base for amaretto cake with liquor as well by subbing out half of the bmilk for the liquor and it is fabulous! try the recipe, and just make sure to follow all the steps. time consuming, but worth it. try it with a mild espresso italian meringue buttercream. yum!

i used to do doctored mixes last year. this spring i decided to venture out and find scratch recips that i liked instead. i've tested many many recipes and when i found this one, it became one of my select favorites that i use over and over.

sift the flour, weigh the ingredients, cream the butter and sugar for the alotted amount of time, use full fat buttermilk, real butter and vanilla....and you wont be sorry.

melysa Posted 26 Aug 2007 , 4:17am
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i'm also an advocate of using a scale for the ingredients instead of measuring cups. the end results are more consistant and youre less likely to have a dense cake.

also if its overbeaten after adding the dry ingredients, it can affect the texture. if its possible for you to mix it by hand at the end, i think its a good idea. i turn off my mixer and use a whisk for a short amount of time in gentle strokes just until incorporated.

chestercheeto Posted 26 Aug 2007 , 4:41am
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Originally Posted by melysa

i'm also an advocate of using a scale for the ingredients instead of measuring cups. the end results are more consistant and youre less likely to have a dense cake.

melysa, do you use the weights given in the recipe?

3 cups cake flour (330 g)
2 cups sugar (454 g)

454 g = 16 oz. but everywhere else i go, 2 cups of sugar is 14 ounces, not 16. when i make this recipe, i don't use Toba's weights, but convert her cups to ounces according to the booklet that came with my scale.

melysa Posted 26 Aug 2007 , 5:34am
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thats interesting. someone else mentioned that to me last week. i do use the grams listed in her recipe and never even thought to check a chart. just for kicks, i may try this recipe soon with adjusted measurements and see how it turns out. either way, the cake has been turning out great. maybe it'll be even better with less flour?!?~

majormichel Posted 27 Aug 2007 , 3:19pm
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Thanks for the review.

steplite Posted 28 Aug 2007 , 11:59pm
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I love this cake. I make it all the time. I only use softasilk cake flour as she recommends, plus I love Watkins vanilla. I usually bake in a 8x2 pan.

afh0212 Posted 3 Sep 2007 , 3:33am
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where do you find this recipe??

RRGibson Posted 3 Sep 2007 , 4:28am
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Originally Posted by steplite

I love this cake. I make it all the time. I only use softasilk cake flour as she recommends, plus I love Watkins vanilla. I usually bake in a 8x2 pan.

I can't find softasilk in my area. I wonder if its so much better than Swan's that I should order some?

steplite Posted 3 Sep 2007 , 4:46am
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I find my Softasilk cake flour at Super Walmart and Super Target stores.

snarkybaker Posted 3 Sep 2007 , 5:40pm
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I use a version of this recipe ( I think the instructions on this cake are un-necessarily complex) and make it with Guinevere cake flour from King Arthur with very good results. Just make sure you have bleached cake flour.

They key to making sure the cake isn't too dense is to beat the dickens out of the butter, which should be fully softened. Make sure you beat it for the fully 7-8 minutes.

dodibug Posted 3 Sep 2007 , 7:50pm
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I just made it the other day with Swan's and the texture turned out great. I think if I make it again I'll use soured milk rather than the buttermilk because there was something in the flavor I wasn't crazy about and I think it was probably the buttermilk.

snarkybaker Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 2:44am
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You definitely need to up the vanilla. I use 2 Tbs, not 2 tsp.

jesaltuve Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 2:59am
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Since this is about how a particular recipe has turned out...may I venture on a related topic? I have a major hit or miss with my cakes/cupcakes/muffins as far as dryness.

I don't know if I should use brown sugar instead, or less flour or pastry flour and cake flour. I am not overbaking. I don't know if maybe I should bake at a lower temp? And when I soak, it never seems to be enough. (I'm gonna cry)

I made some muffins and was told they were dry (I used a recipe with oil, as muffins should be) but many recipes call for butter now too. I'm not into shortening. So what's best?

[Oh, another thing, anyone have a good buttercream recipe (without shortening) that doesn't get super soft outside the fridge? (I live in FL)]

Thanks...didn't mean to hijack this post...I'm gonna try that recipe, though!

snarkybaker Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 3:03am
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Are you talking about cupcakes made from this recipe ?

jesaltuve Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 3:05am
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No no...I just thought I'd interject with a question about cake in general. Sorry about that.

snarkybaker Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 3:16am
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Cupcakes are particularly prone to drying out. Try looking for a recipe that has at least as much sugar as it does flour. High ratio recipes tend to dry out less.

jesaltuve Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 3:26am
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Thank you...thank you!
What do you think about replacing sugar in recipes with brown sugar?

snarkybaker Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 3:39am
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Brown sugar will make the cake more caramelly in character, but may very well help the over all moisture of the cake. Toba's recipe makes suitable cupcakes if you up the sugar by 1/4 cup and add 3 T of signature secrets.

jesaltuve Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 3:44am
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what is "signature secrets"?

snarkybaker Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 3:50am
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Its a type of starch. It thickens without heat. It does the same thing a box of pudding does without the nasty fake flavors.

crazycakes2007 Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 4:12am
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Txkat, I bought some Signature Secrets from King Arthur at your urging, put it in WBH white cake (1T per cup of flour) and it turned out FAB. The bag said to use 2T per cup of flour, but I was skimping since I made a motherload of cake....still great results. I was worried it would make it too dense, 'cause that was NOT what I was after, and it didn't... only moist. Thanks! I should give Toba's recipe a try of my own. <<<<<<Cheryl

jesaltuve Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 4:14am
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Thank you, txkat. Love to get tips from you!!!!

snarkybaker Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 12:21pm
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King Arthur sells it in small quantity which is nice to try. I use it in enough different things know that I buy it in bulk from the website I posted earlier. One of it's best uses is in choc. chip or blueberry muffins. It keeps all the bits from sinking to the bottom.

crazycakes2007 Posted 4 Sep 2007 , 3:08pm
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Txkat, the Signature Secrets doesn't make the cake too dense? (I'd like to try adding more). Sorry, this is a post about Toba's cake! <<<Cheryl

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