Favorite Yellow Cake/Cupcake Recipe
I've been searching for a good yellow cake recipe to make cupcakes. I would like to replicate the moist texture of a box cake mix, however, most recipes I've used come out too dense (Flour's yellow cake and "the perfect yellow cake recipe" on Food network were both dissapointments). Any suggestions for recipes to make a delicious and moist yellow cake? Thanks in advance.
Comparison of yellow cakes by cooks illustrated, Martha Stewart, and smitten kitchen
This link includes the recipes for all 3 as well as the bloggers opinions on the 3 cakes. Blogger preferred cook's illustrated cake.
The cakes include somewhat different ingredients and the CI cake employs chiffon method which may be fun for you.
My first instinct was to direct you to the CI cake but this link gives you that option and 2 others. Good luck.
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 large eggs
2 C sugar
1 C veg oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 C sour cream
preheat oven to 350
sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in bowl and set aside
in mixer on medium beat eggs and sugar till thickened and lightened to a cream color, about 2 minutes scraping bowl as needed. on low speed mix in oil and vanilla till blended. mix in sour cream. mix in flour mix till incorporated and batter is smooth. pour into prepared cups and bake 18-23 minutes till toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. let pan sit for 10 minutes then remove from pan. cool completely before frosting.
Those sound delicious- thanks! I wonder if using plain Greek yogurt would work OK.
(Not because I'm afraid of sour cream, but because I usually have yogurt on hand more readily, along with the rest of the ingredients.... and that would make putting these cupcakes together on a moment's notice a snap!)
The "Best Recipe" cookbook has a nice fluffy yellow cake that isn't dense at all.
This might be a helpful comparison of three popular recipes:
Adding on, my favorite is the rich and tender yellow cake from the Best Recipe. Unusual technique but nice fluffy cake.