Looking For A (Very) White Cake Recipe

Baking By RickMeasham Updated 5 Mar 2014 , 10:14pm by RickMeasham

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RickMeasham Posted 23 Aug 2012 , 1:41pm
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Hi, I'm not looking for what most people seem to call white cake. I'm looking for a recipe that cooks is white-as-snow.

I've tried various recipes, and used the whitest ingredients, but the cook yellow. I need white.

Anyone have such a recipe they're prepared to share?

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kelleym Posted 23 Aug 2012 , 3:02pm
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I ran across this yesterday, it's a good visual. Maybe you'd like to try one of the recipes that makes the white-white cake. http://thebakemore.blogspot.com/2011/01/white-cake-taste-test.html

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RickMeasham Posted 5 Mar 2014 , 10:14pm
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Hi Kelleym,


Thanks for this reply from 18 months back! I followed the URL you provided and have used the Cooks Illustrated White Layer recipe several times! I couldn't find the recipe so came back to the forum to find it and realised I hadn't thanked you for your help.


For the record, the recipe comes from here:



And in case it's delete from the site, it's here now too:


2 1/4 cups cake flour (9 ounces), plus more for dusting the pans 
1 cup whole milk, at room temperature 
6 large egg whites (3/4 cup), at room temperature 
2 teaspoons almond extract 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar (12 1/4 ounces) 
4 teaspoons baking powder 
1 teaspoon table salt 
12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened but still cool 


Set oven rack in middle position. (If oven is too small to cook both layers on a single rack, set racks in upper-middle and lower-middle positions.) Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick 
cooking spray; line the bottoms with parchment or waxed paper rounds. Spray the paper rounds, dust the pans with flour, and invert pans and rap sharply to remove excess flour. 
Pour milk, egg whites, and extracts into 2-cup glass measure, and mix with fork until blended. 
Mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of electric mixer at slow speed. Add butter; continue beating 
at slow speed until mixture resembles moist crumbs, with no powdery streaks remaining. 
Add all but 1/2 cup of milk mixture to crumbs and beat at medium speed (or high speed if using handheld mixer) for 1 1/2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture 
and beat 30 seconds more. Stop mixer and scrape sides of bowl. Return mixer to medium (or high) speed and beat 20 seconds longer. 
Divide batter evenly between two prepared cake pans; using rubber spatula, spread batter to pan walls and smooth tops. Arrange pans at least 3 inches from the oven walls and 3 inches apart. (If oven is small, place pans on separate racks in staggered fashion to allow for air circulation.) Bake until thin skewer or toothpick inserted 
in the center comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes. 
Let cakes rest in pans for 3 minutes. Loosen from sides of pans with a knife, if necessary, and invert onto wire racks. Reinvert onto additional wire racks. Let cool completely, 
about 1 1/2 hours. 

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