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Silly cake question

I have not made nor eaten many cakes in my life. But since moving to the South a few years ago, I've had some pretty good cakes and am starting to sit up and take notice. But when I have an Italian cream or coconut cake or a salted caramel cupcake, what I like is the cake and not so much the frosting and other additions.

Can anyone advise me what kind of recipe I'm looking for when all I want is a good moist cake with no bells and whistles? Don't particularly want a pound cake with 10 eggs and 1lb of butter. Just something easy that would satisfy a craving for cake.

BTW: not looking for chocolate. Have kind of lost my taste for it while at the same time becoming more appreciative of cinnamon.

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  1. your question isn't silly at all! sounds to me like you want a standard white cake. have a look at some of the threads in this search and see if anything jumps out at you:
    http://www.chow.com/search?query=%22w...

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Agreed. It's a very good question. No need for frosting here:

      http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/g...

      Really no need for the whipped cream/Cool Whip topping unless you like it (I don't use it)

    2. goodhealthgourmet is right.

      Just google "white cake recipe" and all your answers will be there for you.

      And just fyi ... Costco will sell you a plain sheet cake that's very good and exactly what you are looking for.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        When I want an easy, moist cake, I always go for a zucchini or banana bread. Tons of great recipes out there and they are simple to prepare, too.

      2. My favorite yellow cake -- I prefer yellow to white -- is Alice Waters' version of the 1 2 3 4 cake. I like it just as well when I don't separate the eggs, just adding them whole when the recipe says to add the yolks. I couldn't care less about frosting, but I love fruit and lemon curd or whipped cream with this cake.

        http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

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        1. re: Jay F

          A 1234 cake was my first thought. It's the standard simple cake that everyone ought to be able to make, IMO.

        2. have the perfect cake for you to try... you can google/search the recipe all over but it is a very easy ! moist yellow cake with cinnamon...no frosting just a glaze over top name is 'Honey bun cake" for a twist i use almond flavor instead of vanilla in glaze otherwise an extremely easy cake with a box cakemix base

          1. The white cake in the Cake Bible is very nice, IMO.