Vanilla Cake From Scratch

Baking By jess0055 Updated 10 Mar 2013 , 9:39am by Iru1230

jess0055 Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 4:59pm
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Hello ladies,



I have a question about a vanilla cake. Right now I have to work on a 3 tier (plus mickey ears) cake. I have made this vanilla recipe about 5 times, and the last two times came out different.


Once was very dense, the next was light and crumbly. I dont know what I could have done wrong since i've baked this numerous times.


Since my cake will be stacked, I need it to be dense for stacking and fondant.


Do you have any idea how I can make this recipe more dense? or what did I do that I still havent noticed that made it dense before and not light and crumbly?


Here's the recipe/ingredients:


3 cups of cake flour

1 tbs of baking powder

1/2 tsp of salt

16 tbs unsalted butter

2 cups of sugar

5 large eggs

1 1/4 cup milk

3 tbs of vanilla extract


Thank you so much for your help!

8 replies
jess0055 Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 7:07pm
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Anyone out there? Lol

-K8memphis Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 7:53pm
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i really don't know how to judge/fix/speak intelligently about your recipe unless i made it and tweaked it. sorry.


here's two rock solid ideas for you though


i like sylvia weinstock's yellow cake recipe


it's called yellow cake but it comes out pretty white imo--and you could leave out some of the egg yolks too


you can google it


it is the one with the sour cream--she has two yellow cake recipes out there


i use a quarter cup more cake flour


and i add the eggs into the beautifully creamed fluffy sugar and butter


then add the other ingredients as directed


and there's a recipe for wasc on here--it's white almond sour cream cake


i make mine with self rising flour


so there's two rock solid ideas for you

jess0055 Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 11:02pm
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I guess i dont know what makes a cake "dense"

-K8memphis Posted 5 Mar 2013 , 11:21pm
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equal amounts of all the ingredients makes a pound cake--very dense


then when you go tweaking the amounts you get the ranges between light cake and dense cake


then factor in the different methods of mixing to get the zillion different combinations possible

Iru1230 Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 7:45am
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AHi..i am in australia and was wondering wht this yellow cake mix is all about?..can u pls tell whts in there?..thanks

jess0055 Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 12:49pm
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AIru I think you have to google it to see the ingredients:

sylvia weinstock's yellow cake recipe

-K8memphis Posted 6 Mar 2013 , 2:58pm
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yes--i meant google for the directions


but here's the link



  • 2-1/4 cups sifted cake flour--but i  use 2.5 cups
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) sweet butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 large egg whites


and i add eggs to creamed sugar/butter mixture-- i leave off some yolks if i want it whiter

Iru1230 Posted 10 Mar 2013 , 9:39am
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Original message sent by jess0055

Iru I think you have to google it to see the ingredients:

sylvia weinstock's yellow cake recipe

Thank u jess

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