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Feb 12, 2008 12:52 PM

Cook's Illustrated Fluffy Yellow Cake?

It's my dad's/husband's birthday(s) this weekend, and I'm tasked with the cake making. Normally, my whole fam gets cakes from a lady in our town and they're to die for; this year, we can't get our "Laurie Cake" fix, so I'm in charge.

Has anyone tried CI's Fluffy Yellow Cake and accompanying chocolate frosting in this month's mag? Or perhaps a different family-friendly, old-fashioned (not the rich flourless type) cake of any flavor to pass on?

Thanks, all!

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  1. I have made it. I just found it okay. However, I really want to love it so I will try it again at some point.

    If you want a foolproof all-american birthday cake I would make this chocolate cake from Cuisine at Home: or
    an amazing buttermilk cocoa birthday cake from Dorie Greenspan:

    I have made both several times and they are fantastic!!


    1. I made the cake and was happy with the results. I under baked the cake so it did not turn out as fluffy as it should have. I also didn't want to bother with the vegetable oil so I skipped it. Next time I would cook it a little longer and add the vegetable oil. The flavor was excellent.

      The frosting was great and is now my favorite chocolate frosting. I will be making the cake again this weekend for another party.

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      1. re: Good_Food

        Thanks for the tips- I may go with Dorie Greenspan's cake above, with the CI frosting... happy to hear that it's a twice-in-a-month type frosting (which is really the best part, right?!).

        1. re: happybellynh

          I will add that the frosting on the DG cake is what makes it so unbelievable.

          The CI frosting curdled badly for me. I plan on trying it again.

          The very best 'cake' in my opinion is the CAH one I listed. My favorite frosting just depends on my mood.

      2. I have made this and I thought it was one of the best cakes I have ever made, more for the frosting than anything else. I have not tried the other recipes mentioned here, but did want to vote for this one. I am pretty sure I followed it exactly, and I also think that oil serves an important purpose in cake structure.

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        1. re: cocktailhour

          Cool - thanks for your input. I may need to try this recipe after all!

        2. OP here.... I decided to go with the CI fluffy yellow cake and one-minute chocolate frosting after all. Made no changes except to use all-purpose instead of cake flour (it was late, stores were closed).

          The cake, I'm sorry to say, was not nearly as fluffy as I hoped for. It was nice, but will likely not make it again (considering how many cakes there are to try). The frosting, on the other hand, will definitely join my regular rotation. My dad said it was "almost perfect" (that's big from him), and it stayed creamy and deeply chocolat-y all weekend until we finished it this morning for breakfast.