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Old 12-10-2009, 04:20 AM   #1
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What is the key to a delicious cake?

What makes a cake moist and delicious? Do you have any home made or special ingredients? or basically...does water make a cake dry or does oil make a cake dry?

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Old 12-10-2009, 06:59 PM   #2
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i am not really sure how to answer you. neither the oil or water will make your cake dry. over baking will do it. maybe add some applesauce for extra moisture.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:20 AM   #3
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Be sure to read the recipe well before making...

I have been trying to find a good (from scratch) yellow cake recipe that’s moist, tender and has good flavor. After months of searching, testing and tinkering I’ve finally found what I was looking for.

This is a combination of two recipes; one was a pound cake and the other was a yellow cake. All of the yellow cakes that I had tried were the fat and sugar cream method and it was just not giving me what I wanted in a cake. Then I came across a pound cake recipe that dumped everything in a bowl and beat it up. It turned out moist and tender but heavier of course than a yellow cake.

So I decided to try combining the two recipes and hit the nail on the head the second try. I’ve made three more since just to be sure it would come out the same each time and it does.

Here is the recipe.

Basic Yellow Cake

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (do not sift the flour)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
Vegetable oil
1 stick butter (not margarine), softened
1-tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350°

Cut wax paper to fit the bottom of (3) 9 x 1 1/2-inch round pans. Spray the pans with cooking spray, place the wax paper in the pans and spray the paper.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, mixing well.

Measure the 1-1/4 cups of milk in a 2 cup measuring cup….then add enough vegetable oil to bring the liquid up to 1-1/3 cups.

Add the milk/vegetable oil mixture, butter and vanilla to the flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium to medium-high speed for 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed.

Add the eggs and continue beating an additional 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near center of cake comes out clean, or until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center.

Cool cakes on wire racks for 15 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely.

Frost as desired.

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Old 12-11-2009, 04:48 PM   #4
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Be sure to read the recipe well before making...

I have been trying to find a good (from scratch) yellow cake recipe that’s moist, tender and has good flavor. After months of searching, testing and tinkering I’ve finally found what I was looking for.

This is a combination of two recipes; one was a pound cake and the other was a yellow cake. All of the yellow cakes that I had tried were the fat and sugar cream method and it was just not giving me what I wanted in a cake. Then I came across a pound cake recipe that dumped everything in a bowl and beat it up. It turned out moist and tender but heavier of course than a yellow cake.

So I decided to try combining the two recipes and hit the nail on the head the second try. I’ve made three more since just to be sure it would come out the same each time and it does.

Here is the recipe.

Basic Yellow Cake

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (do not sift the flour)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
Vegetable oil
1 stick butter (not margarine), softened
1-tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350°

Cut wax paper to fit the bottom of (3) 9 x 1 1/2-inch round pans. Spray the pans with cooking spray, place the wax paper in the pans and spray the paper.

In a large mixing bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, mixing well.

Measure the 1-1/4 cups of milk in a 2 cup measuring cup….then add enough vegetable oil to bring the liquid up to 1-1/3 cups.

Add the milk/vegetable oil mixture, butter and vanilla to the flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium to medium-high speed for 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed.

Add the eggs and continue beating an additional 2 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near center of cake comes out clean, or until cake springs back when touched lightly in the center.

Cool cakes on wire racks for 15 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely.

Frost as desired.

Wow! That looks fantastic! Thanks for posting the recipe - I'll have to try it out.
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Old 12-11-2009, 05:01 PM   #5
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Ummm, not sure why the long quote, takes up so much space.
yes, it looks quite yummy!
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Old 12-26-2009, 04:00 PM   #6
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I add yogurt to all my baked goods including bread and it always comes out moist and amazing, thats the key with making cakes moist. Also, watch it and do not over cook what so ever.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:24 PM   #7
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fats (butter, shortening, oil, egg yolks) add moisture to cakes

sugar also adds to the moisture.

i don't use any cake recipes that call for water.

overbaking is the usual culprit for a dry cake, but not pre-sifting your flour before measuring it will cause you to use too much flour, which will also do it.

upping the fats & sugar will make your cake more moist, but also more dense & heavy. it's a trade-off.

also, i think think that electric ovens produce drier cakes also. it may help to put a small pan of hot water in also, but i don't use electric so haven't tried this.

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Following the directions to a delicious cake recipe.
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:42 PM   #10
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I also add yogurt to baked goods when ever possible and agree that is makes an big difference especially in recipes that have baking soda and baking powder.
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