This is a fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth yellow cake that can be paired with a variety of frostings, be it rich chocolate or classic vanilla buttercream. It’s not just the simplicity of making this cake that stands out, but also its delectable taste. Perfect for those spur-of-the-moment baking urges, this yellow cake will soon become your go-to recipe. From birthdays to casual get-togethers, it’s sure to be a hit. And remember, the secret to its vibrant yellow color lies in the butter and egg yolks, so choose a naturally yellow butter for the best results.
- 2 ¼ cups (270g) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup (35g) cornstarch
- 1 1/4 cup (250g) granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter at room temperature
- ¼ cup (60mL) vegetable oil
- 3 eggs at room temperature, Large
- 2 yolks
- 1 tbsp (15mL) vanilla extract
- 1 cup (240mL) buttermilk
Start by preparing three 6-inch round cake tins. Butter them thoroughly and dust with flour or simply use baking spray.
In a sizable bowl, sift together the all-purpose flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. Whisk these dry ingredients to ensure they’re well combined.
The magic of the yellow cake is primarily due to the butter and egg yolks. Therefore, in a mixing bowl, start by creaming half a cup of butter. As it gets creamier, gradually add the granulated white sugar. Continue mixing until the mixture is light and has a fluffy texture. To this, add a tablespoon of vanilla extract.
Now, it’s time for the eggs. Crack in three whole eggs and two additional yolks, but add them one by one, mixing at a medium speed after each addition. This step ensures a rich yellow texture for your batter.
For that soft and tender crumb, pour in a quarter cup of vegetable oil. Mix well.
Now, alternate between adding the dry ingredient mixture and the buttermilk to the wet ingredients. Do this in three portions, ensuring you mix on low speed. Remember, the key is to combine everything without overmixing.
Once your batter is ready, distribute it evenly among the prepared cake tins.
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the cake tins in the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes. A good indicator that your cakes are done is when the center feels springy to the touch and the edges start to pull away from the tin.
Once baked, invert the cakes onto a wire rack, allowing them to cool completely.
When the cakes have cooled, they are ready to be frosted. You can choose any frosting you prefer, but if you’re in the mood for chocolate. Layer your cakes, frost them, and they’re ready to be served. Enjoy every bite!
Congratulations on mastering the art of the perfect Yellow Cake! This cake is more than just a treat; it’s a memory waiting to be shared. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply indulging in a sweet craving, this cake promises to be the highlight. So, why keep this joy to yourself? Share this recipe, spread happiness, and let’s make the world a more delicious place, one Yellow Cake at a time.