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Favorite Yellow Cake/Cupcake Recipe

AnjLM Apr 23, 2013 11:43 PM

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.

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    youareabunny RE: AnjLM Apr 24, 2013 12:24 AM

    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.

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      AnjLM RE: youareabunny Apr 24, 2013 01:57 PM

      Thanks! I'll have to look into these soon!

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        AnjLM RE: youareabunny Apr 28, 2013 11:26 PM

        Just tried the Cook's Illustrated yellow cake. It had a pretty good flavor and light, fluffy texture. Definitely better than previous versions I've made but still not quite exactly what I'm looking for. I'll have to try the other two sometime!

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          youareabunny RE: AnjLM Apr 29, 2013 01:28 AM

          Glad you tried it, at least you know it's not what you wanted. It's subjective eventually. CI generally provides explanations, so maybe you can figure out what exactly resulted in your dislike of it and find a recipe you prefer.

          At least it is still a tasty disappointment

      2. eLizard RE: AnjLM Apr 24, 2013 01:12 PM

        i took a cupcake class years ago. the vanilla cupcakes are moist and delicious. if you'd like the recipe, i'm happy to dig it out.

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          AnjLM RE: eLizard Apr 24, 2013 01:55 PM

          Would love to have the recipe, thanks eLizard!

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            eLizard RE: AnjLM Apr 24, 2013 07:36 PM

            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.

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              4Snisl RE: eLizard Apr 29, 2013 12:26 PM

              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!)

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                eLizard RE: 4Snisl Apr 29, 2013 12:50 PM

                yes it does. i've subbed it in a pinch. works great.

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                  4Snisl RE: eLizard Apr 29, 2013 06:45 PM

                  Thanks for letting me know! Friend's birthday is coming up this weekend....unless she wants cake from a local bakery, I think this recipe is on deck to try. :)

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                  chowser RE: 4Snisl Apr 29, 2013 02:40 PM

                  I use full fat yogurt instead of sour cream when I can. It makes a moister, richer cake/bread.

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                    eLizard RE: chowser Apr 30, 2013 06:10 AM

                    that being said, in a pinch i've subbed in low or no fat greek, and i've had results that i'd consider more than acceptable.

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                      AnjLM RE: eLizard May 5, 2013 01:35 PM

                      I might try using this recipe to make lemon raspberry cupcakes this weekend. I'm guessing I could add lemon zest and juice with tasty results! Going to fill with lemon curd after and top with raspberry buttercream.

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                        eLizard RE: AnjLM May 6, 2013 06:21 AM

                        i use this recipe for lemon meringue cupcakes. fill with curd. top with meringue and torch. huge hit.

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                          AnjLM RE: eLizard May 7, 2013 12:28 AM

                          Lemon Raspberry cupcakes with lemon curd were delicious and a huge hit at work. Thanks for the recipe eLizard! Here's my blog post with full recipe: http://aspoonfulofsugarbaking.wordpre...

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                            eLizard RE: AnjLM May 7, 2013 09:42 AM

                            yay! so did you like the cake??

                            btw, i make filled cupcakes all the time, and i never cut out a cone....i just use a piping bag with a big round tip and basically inject each cupcake. way easier for me.

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                              AnjLM RE: eLizard May 7, 2013 01:42 PM

                              Loved the cake! Had a great texture.

                              Thanks for the tip for the filled cupcakes. I'll have to try that next time...I also work at a hospital so I could probably get some syringes to inject the cupcakes with.

          2. chowser RE: AnjLM Apr 24, 2013 02:37 PM

            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.


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              soccermom13 RE: AnjLM Apr 25, 2013 06:02 AM

              I love the Smitten Kitchen yellow cake in youareabunny's post.

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                hotoynoodle RE: soccermom13 Apr 29, 2013 09:28 AM

                i have made this cake also with fantastic receptions every time.

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                  trolley RE: soccermom13 Oct 24, 2013 08:42 PM

                  i second the smitten kitchen best birthday cake recipe. the sour cream chocolate frosting is good as well.

                2. iL Divo RE: AnjLM Apr 29, 2013 12:45 PM

                  this is a fun read and a lot of pages to get through. it certainly caught my attention *years* ago.


                  1. Jay F RE: AnjLM Apr 29, 2013 01:19 PM

                    My favorite yellow cake ever is the 1-2-3-4 cake in Alice Waters' The Art of Simple Food.


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                      sandylc RE: AnjLM Apr 29, 2013 05:36 PM

                      I am suddenly very interested in making yellow cake.

                      1. iL Divo RE: AnjLM Apr 30, 2013 07:46 AM

                        if the recipe/link I posted doesn't interest you for a party or special occasion, even though I didn't invent it, it's worth making one day, just one time and you'll see ┬░with any good fortune on your side┬░ how tender and flavorful this cake is.
                        I'm jis sayin..................won't make my hair any thicker or my eyelashes any longer but just may put a shine in your step with the first taste......

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                          iL Divo RE: iL Divo Oct 24, 2013 08:39 PM

                          making caramel apples with the little ones this weekend&think I'll bring this recipe & ingredients too as it's gonna be a houseful. the cake'll get eaten quick&clean

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