Scratch WASC

This is a scratch recipe to which I added sour cream to create my WASC. I tried the recipe once before without sour cream and it was dry so this time I added sour cream and did the reverse cream method. The cake and first 12 cupcakes were a little dense but very tasty. The folks at the party loved it and my friend asked how it was different from my usual. I had a little batter left over so I made one cupcake after I pulled out the first batch. This one was lighter and fluffier. I think maybe because I took it out a little sooner than the first batch. If not maybe because the batter set for awhile.


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups sifted Swans Down Cake Flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk (whole or low fat)
  • 1 cup (8oz) sour cream
  • 3 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter and lightly flour 3 – 9 inch pans. Sift flour and then lightly sppon 3 cups into a measuring cup.
    Put all dry ingredients in bowl and mix for about 1 minute. Add butter a little bit of the milk and mix until mix thoroughly. Add remaining liquid ingredients and mix for several minutes.
    Pour into pans and bake for 20-25 minutes or until tester inserted into cake comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove from pans and finish cooling on racks.

Comments (13)


please anyone, where can i get the gumpaste baby mould in Uk. I am trying to make a baby shower cake for a present and give myself a bit of time to experiment. thanks.


Swans Down is a brand of cake flour. I would expect most any brand would work as long as it is cake flour and not all purpose.


How would this cake do adding a box of pudding???? & could I change it to chocolate, or strawberry or another flavor?


I've never tried adding pudding. There is an excellent chocolate cake recipe on the swans down flour box. I'll find it and post it.

I haven't tried any other flavors, but I was thinking of trying to make it strawberry. I'll probably do this Monday for valentine's day. I'll let you know how it goes.


Hi Angfastic...I've been looking for a WASC recipe that works. The recipe I've been using since 2012 is a doctored up by my instructor recipe that called for egg whites, water, 1 instant pudding mix, and applesauce instead of oil. I had been making that as written, but change the pudding to a cook & serve, because I thought why use instant if I'm cooking the cake, so to speak. It was working wonderfully until the mixes were reduced in weight again. The batter was a thinner, but not watery like. It baked up very well and was always very moist. I even made my first 4 tier wedding cake with it, and everyone loved it. They barely got to grab the top tier for the next year.  So, my question is, what is the thickness like with the recipe. The one WASC Scratch recipe I baked today, which I had tried a few months ago, is basically too thick to pour and get accurate measurements in the pan. In fact, it didn't even fill 2 - 8" square, 2" high pans half full. Obviously, with the amount of the ingredients in your recipe, it will certainly fill these 2 pans. But, again, I just need to know how thick the batter is. Your help is appreciated.

If anyone else has tried this recipe, maybe you can offer an answer, as well...Fran


Wow I haven't been on here in forever.  I've actually gone back to doing the traditional method of creaming the butter and sugar.  The consistency of the batter makes it easy to pour. 


Good morning! Thanks so much Angfastic. I had actually tried that other recipe with the traditional method, but it was thick, as mentioned. Now that I think more about it, the one I tried a while back is this thick recipe and was actually written up by someone else, using the original creaming method. I'm hoping to find yours is as easy to pour as you say. I've got to deliver a baby shower cake Saturday, and I'm up earlier then normal to get an earlier start on the baking, just in case I have to go back and change the creaming method of the scratch cake recipe I found that was really good and close to the original WASC recipe I was working with, that I had added a pudding and a couple tablespoons of applesauce to in the second mixing. Can't wait to try yours first.

Have a great day!  Fran