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vanilla cake recipe?

I have been on a quest for the perfect vanilla cake recipe. Each one I make is too eggy. Full disclosure. I am an extremely tough dessert critic. I don't like Magnolia, Crumbs, Levain and all the other places that wow the masses. I also tried Billy's Vanilla Vanilla Cupcake recipe as suggested on another thread. I tossed them. They smelled like eggs and I was unimpressed. I'm considering taking my favorite chocolate cake recipe and tweaking it. I thought someone here would probably have a terrific recipe. Looking for moist, tender crumb, distinct vanilla flavor and not too eggy. If i want an omlette I'll make one! ;0) Thanks in advance!

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    1. re: soccermom13

      i have made that cake bunches of times and it gets devoured.

      also to the op: are you sure your cakes are cooked through? the egg taste may be raw batter. it's why i don't like those molten lava flourless chocolate cake messes. they are basically just raw in the center. yuk.

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        Yup, fully cooked. I think I have a sensitive palate. I'm pretty finicky about cakes.

    2. The vanilla bean cupcakes on chow are quite tasty, don't recall them being eggy:

      http://www.chow.com/recipes/12129-van...

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      1. re: janniecooks

        I've made these - they weren't as strongly vanilla for my taste. But the salted caramel frosting was dynamite!

        1. re: Splendid Spatula

          This looks promising. I'm going to try them. Thanks!

      2. Have you tried any recipes from Rose Levy Beranbaum's Cake Bible? I confess I've only made her flourless chocolate truffle cake, but I think she's supposed to be reliable.

        1. This blog's creator has a big soft spot for vanilla cake and she has a ton of recipes with descriptions of all the different textures/tastes. Beautiful blog as well.

          http://sweetapolita.com/blog/

          1. I am so curious about your finding that all these cakes smell like eggs. I have never noticed that in a cake, but I am sure that if you search, you would find a vegan recipe that eschews eggs.

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            1. re: roxlet

              I think the issue is that many vanilla cake recipes contain 4 eggs. Hubby thought they tasted eggy too. I think we're just tough critics with desserts. I have yet to find a recipe that we both think is actually worth eating. I'm considering trying a recipe with egg whites. May help?! I feel like I'm searching for the Holy Grail...