This is a delicious yellow cake that I bake to use up leftover egg yolks.



  • 125g butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 egg yolks (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease & flour a 9″ square pan or 2 8″ layers. Sift flour & baking powder together in a bowl & set aside.
  2. 1) Beat butter & sugar until creamy.
  3. 2) Add the yolks & vanilla & beat thoroughly.
  4. 3) Add milk alternately with the flour & baking powder mix. Mix well.
  5. 4) Place into prepared pan & bake for 35 to 45 minutes.


preciosa225 Says... 2009-10-27 18:22:50

Could I substitute Vanilla Extract for the Vanilla Essence and if so, how much Extract would I use in place of the Essence?

LaCheshireChat Says... 2009-11-23 01:28:24

Regarding Vanilla essence. This has two meanings. In Britain, vanilla essence is the same as America's imitation vanilla extract, which is a synthetic, chemical replication of the pure, natural extract. Elsewhere, vanilla essence may mean a highly concentrated (and 'expensive') form of pure vanilla extract. Pure vanilla extract, as the name suggests, is the extract of vanilla bean pods made by immersing vanilla pods in alcohol, (I make my own using vanilla pods and vodka or Cognac.) Either way, it would be a one for one substitution.

sweetheart6710 Says... 2010-04-24 14:01:04

I tried this recipe, and I must not have done it right. The consistency was THICK, like thin cookie dough, but not like usual cake mix. I used vanilla extract instead of vanilla essense, could that be my problem? it also didn't rise very well, and I was using a 6'' pan. It tasted like normal white cake, and was totally easy to make, just wished it baked up better, please help!

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