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post #76 of 423
Paula Deen's 1234 Cake

The recipe-this recipe was super simple. A plus side is that you use self-rising flour so that takes away the steps of measuring salt and leavening. I halved this recipe and followed all direction except baking it at 325 instead of 350. I also sat all my ingredients out a couple of hours before so they could come to room temperature.


The look-the cake caved a little bit when I tested the top of the cake for doneness. It had already baked for 30 minutes and was almost finished, so I am not sure why.

The texture-I am very underwhelmed with the texture. Not tender at all and there is actually a coarseness to it at first bite, until it melds with your saliva. I did my moist test in which I grab a small piece and squeeze it in my hand. If it sticks together into a mush...it is moist. It failed that test.

The taste-the taste was okay, but nothing special.

Cons-It is not tender or moist enough for me. After it baked for 30 minutes I felt the top to see if it was done. This caused the cake to sink slightly. I think that cake flour is definitely needed for this recipe. When box mix people accuse scratch cakes of being like cornbread I think recipes like these are the culprit.

Pros-It is an easy recipe. It isn't as sweet as other recipes I've tried.

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Originally Posted by maryjsgirl

Paula Deen's 1234 Cake

The recipe-this recipe was super simple. A plus side is that you use self-rising flour so that takes away the steps of measuring salt and leavening. I halved this recipe and followed all direction except baking it at 325 instead of 350. I also sat all my ingredients out a couple of hours before so they could come to room temperature.


The look-the cake caved a little bit when I tested the top of the cake for doneness. It had already baked for 30 minutes and was almost finished, so I am not sure why.

The texture-I am very underwhelmed with the texture. Not tender at all and there is actually a coarseness to it at first bite, until it melds with your saliva. I did my moist test in which I grab a small piece and squeeze it in my hand. If it sticks together into a mush...it is moist. It failed that test.

The taste-the taste was okay, but nothing special.

Cons-It is not tender or moist enough for me. After it baked for 30 minutes I felt the top to see if it was done. This caused the cake to sink slightly. I think that cake flour is definitely needed for this recipe. When box mix people accuse scratch cakes of being like cornbread I think recipes like these are the culprit.

Pros-It is an easy recipe. It isn't as sweet as other recipes I've tried.




Thanks for posting this!

Looking at the recipe I kinda expected it to turn out like the way you described. I thought the balance of the ingredients was off - too much eggs, too little liquid and too little flavoring. The structure builders was balanced by the extra sugar but that woudl've just made the cake too sweet. Also I don't like using self rising flour cos I find cakes made with it too dry. Hard to get a good balance of leavening relative to the other ingredients.

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post #78 of 423
marjsgirl - I completely agree. I've made her 1234 cake several times last fall. To me, it's kind of a "my first scratch cake" type of recipe. It's an introduction, but it's not the best around, you know?

Update on Downy Yellow - this would be day 3. It is completely dry and honestly, I'm tossing the rest. I kept it in a cake carrier and my cakes never dry out that way, I'm really suprised. I only had about 3 slices, and although the vanilla is prominent, it just tastes very eggy to me. I'm disappointed.
post #79 of 423
maryjsgirl, when I made that recipe I used cake flour and added baking powder and salt and it was so good. When I first made it I just used AP and I was underwhelmed.
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My four cakes are done. It's a little late to eat that much cake so I'll post my results tomorrow.

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Update on Downy Yellow - this would be day 3. It is completely dry and honestly, I'm tossing the rest. I kept it in a cake carrier and my cakes never dry out that way, I'm really suprised. I only had about 3 slices, and although the vanilla is prominent, it just tastes very eggy to me. I'm disappointed.



Hmmm... I've never had that problem with this cake. It remains so moist even days after baking. It's even more moist after frosting cos the BC (I usually use and all butter IMBC) sort of seeps into the cake, flavoring and moistening the layers. I bake it till the top still maintains an shallow indentation when i press it with my finger and a toothpick comes out still moist. Sides should not have pulled away from the pan. If it does, the cake has been overbaked. (not saying you overbaked it, just sharing my experience with this cake).

For wedding cakes I brush syrup on the torted layers.

I'm currently baking cake man Raven's and the Sky-HIgh Vanilla Buttermilk cake. Can't wait for the results!
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post #82 of 423
Great American Cakes by Barbara Kafka giraffe11

Lita's Yellow Cake Recipe LostBaker,edit, notapro,

Sylvia Weinstock's Classic Yellow Cake Recipe giraffe11, Lita829, CakeandDazzle , TheCasualKitchen

Sylvia's for Dummies (K8's easier variation of the above)___________

Ceshell's Not So Lemon Lemon Cake from Magnolia Bakery LostBaker mla Lita 829 ,

Paula Deen's 1234 cake - maryjsgirl, notapro

Whimsical Bakehouse Gold Cake edit ceshell.. vicki3336

All-Purpose Buttery Yellow Cake from America�s Test Kitchen Lita829 , TheCasualKitchen

Vanilla Buttermilk Recipe from Sky High giraffe11 , TheCasualKitchen

White on White Buttermilk Cake giraffe11 mla

The All-Occasion Downy Yellow Cake sayhellojana , TheCasualKitchen

Cakeman Raven's Modified Red Velvet AKA_ cupcakeshoppe Lita829, maryjsgirl, vicki3336

Doubleday White Wedding Cake (formerly known as K8Memphis' Golden Cake) cupcakemkr ceshell

Serious_Cakes Yellow Cake AKA_ cupcakeshoppe, CakeandDazzle, maryjsgirl, notapro , TheCasualKitchen, vicki3336

Toba Garett's Ultimate Yellow Cake CakeandDazzle sayhellojana,
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post #83 of 423
Casual Kitchen - That is so weird. My cake's didn't pull from the sides of the pan, and certainly didn't look overbaked, so I doubt that was it. I doublechecked the recipe and I didn't leave anything out. Maybe it's the size of the egg yolks? I used large eggs, but the yolks didn't look very big to me. I guess this just shows how recipes are different for everyone?
post #84 of 423
I'm jumping in too... love this idea!

I'm going to make Cakemans Modified Red Velvet and Sylvia Weinstocks... will probably try another few recipes if time allows.
I made Sylvia Weinstocks yesterday (with new techniques to not overbake - what a difference!)... love it... waiting for day 3 to review!
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I will try the yellow buttermilk cake and Sylvia Weinstock's
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post #86 of 423
Is Downy Yellow a Rose cake? This is a typical response to her formulas. If one person walks the tightrope with it it comes out fine. Ex. you gotta catch it just right on the bake time. Other folks can't ever get to the tight rope. And I know HL is a seasoned scratch baker in good company with many pros concerning DY cake.

I've never made this cake--I'm just making an observation.
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post #87 of 423
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Originally Posted by JenLGAJ

I'm jumping in too... love this idea!

I'm going to make Cakemans Modified Red Velvet and Sylvia Weinstocks... will probably try another few recipes if time allows.
I made Sylvia Weinstocks yesterday (with new techniques to not overbake - what a difference!)... love it... waiting for day 3 to review!





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I will try the yellow buttermilk cake and Sylvia Weinstock's



Please copy and paste this and then type your name next to the cake you're doing. do not delete the other names. this is how we keep the list current. HTH

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Great American Cakes by Barbara Kafka giraffe11

Lita's Yellow Cake Recipe LostBaker,edit, notapro,

Sylvia Weinstock's Classic Yellow Cake Recipe giraffe11, Lita829, CakeandDazzle , TheCasualKitchen

Sylvia's for Dummies (K8's easier variation of the above)___________

Ceshell's Not So Lemon Lemon Cake from Magnolia Bakery LostBaker mla Lita 829 ,

Paula Deen's 1234 cake - maryjsgirl, notapro

Whimsical Bakehouse Gold Cake edit ceshell.. vicki3336

All-Purpose Buttery Yellow Cake from America�s Test Kitchen Lita829 , TheCasualKitchen

Vanilla Buttermilk Recipe from Sky High giraffe11 , TheCasualKitchen

White on White Buttermilk Cake giraffe11 mla

The All-Occasion Downy Yellow Cake sayhellojana , TheCasualKitchen

Cakeman Raven's Modified Red Velvet AKA_ cupcakeshoppe Lita829, maryjsgirl, vicki3336

Doubleday White Wedding Cake (formerly known as K8Memphis' Golden Cake) cupcakemkr ceshell

Serious_Cakes Yellow Cake AKA_ cupcakeshoppe, CakeandDazzle, maryjsgirl, notapro , TheCasualKitchen, vicki3336

Toba Garett's Ultimate Yellow Cake CakeandDazzle sayhellojana,
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post #88 of 423
Great American Cakes by Barbara Kafka giraffe11

Lita's Yellow Cake Recipe LostBaker,edit, notapro,

Sylvia Weinstock's Classic Yellow Cake Recipe giraffe11, Lita829, CakeandDazzle , TheCasualKitchen, TrinaR

Sylvia's for Dummies (K8's easier variation of the above)___________

Ceshell's Not So Lemon Lemon Cake from Magnolia Bakery LostBaker mla Lita 829 ,

Paula Deen's 1234 cake - maryjsgirl, notapro

Whimsical Bakehouse Gold Cake edit ceshell.. vicki3336

All-Purpose Buttery Yellow Cake from America�s Test Kitchen Lita829 , TheCasualKitchen

Vanilla Buttermilk Recipe from Sky High giraffe11 , TheCasualKitchen, TrinaR

White on White Buttermilk Cake giraffe11 mla

The All-Occasion Downy Yellow Cake sayhellojana , TheCasualKitchen

Cakeman Raven's Modified Red Velvet AKA_ cupcakeshoppe Lita829, maryjsgirl, vicki3336

Doubleday White Wedding Cake (formerly known as K8Memphis' Golden Cake) cupcakemkr ceshell

Serious_Cakes Yellow Cake AKA_ cupcakeshoppe, CakeandDazzle, maryjsgirl, notapro , TheCasualKitchen, vicki3336

Toba Garett's Ultimate Yellow Cake CakeandDazzle sayhellojana,
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post #89 of 423
Jana, I do not know why you got a bad outcome for the recipe, did you weigh or measure? I normally weigh all the ingredients and I get excellent results.
Try it using the weights.
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post #90 of 423
Great American Cakes by Barbara Kafka giraffe11

Lita's Yellow Cake Recipe LostBaker,edit, notapro,

Sylvia Weinstock's Classic Yellow Cake Recipe giraffe11, Lita829, CakeandDazzle , TheCasualKitchen, TrinaR, JenLGAJ

Sylvia's for Dummies (K8's easier variation of the above)___________

Ceshell's Not So Lemon Lemon Cake from Magnolia Bakery LostBaker mla Lita 829 ,

Paula Deen's 1234 cake - maryjsgirl, notapro

Whimsical Bakehouse Gold Cake edit ceshell.. vicki3336

All-Purpose Buttery Yellow Cake from America�s Test Kitchen Lita829 , TheCasualKitchen

Vanilla Buttermilk Recipe from Sky High giraffe11 , TheCasualKitchen, TrinaR

White on White Buttermilk Cake giraffe11 mla

The All-Occasion Downy Yellow Cake sayhellojana , TheCasualKitchen

Cakeman Raven's Modified Red Velvet AKA_ cupcakeshoppe Lita829, maryjsgirl, vicki3336, JenLGAJ

Doubleday White Wedding Cake (formerly known as K8Memphis' Golden Cake) cupcakemkr ceshell

Serious_Cakes Yellow Cake AKA_ cupcakeshoppe, CakeandDazzle, maryjsgirl, notapro , TheCasualKitchen, vicki3336

Toba Garett's Ultimate Yellow Cake CakeandDazzle sayhellojana,
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