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Vanilla cake from scratch

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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!

post #2 of 9
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Anyone out there? Lol
 

post #3 of 9

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

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post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
thanks!

I guess i dont know what makes a cake "dense"
post #5 of 9

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

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post #6 of 9
Hi..i am in australia and was wondering wht this yellow cake mix is all about?..can u pls tell whts in there?..thanks
post #7 of 9
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Iru I think you have to google it to see the ingredients:


sylvia weinstock's yellow cake recipe
post #8 of 9

yes--i meant google for the directions

 

but here's the link http://homecooking.about.com/od/cakerecipes/r/blc13.htm

 

Ingredients:

  • 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

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Originally Posted by jess0055 View Post

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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