Favorite basic cake recipe
I'm looking for a recipe/baking book/author for a great, basic yellow or white cake to use as a base for experimentation. Something that has good density and tenderness - not too light.
I like the Best Recipe's recipes for both white and yellow cake. I can post either if you'd like.
Laurie Colwin's basic genoise, paraphrased:
Cream half a cup of butter and half a cup of sugar together. Beat in two eggs. Get everything fluffy, and then fold in a cup of flour, and add a capful of vanilla. You can add a half teaspoon of baking powder if you like.
Bake at 350F for twenty minutes.
A buttery basic cake.