Rich and Dense Yellow Cake Recipe
1/2 c Milk
2 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 c Sugar
2 1/4 c Cake Flour (- 1T per cup if All Purpose)
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 sticks (1/2 lb) Butter, softened & each stick cut in 8 pieces
Directions:Oven 350, Grease flour and line 2 9" pans
1) Combine milk eggs and vanilla, set aside 1 cup.
2) Combine dry ingredients in mixing bowl. With mixer at lowest speed, add butter one piece at a time; mix until butter and flour begin to clump together and look sandy and pebbly, with pieces the size of peas- 30 to 40 seconds after all butter is added. (Note: If using a hand mixer, cut butter into dry ingredients with a pastry blender)
3) Add reserved 1 c of wet ingredients at lowest speed until just incorporated. At med-high speed beat until light and fluffy, about 1 min. Add the rest of the wet ingredients in a slow steady stream. Scrape bowl and beat on med-high until batter looks slightly curdled, 15 seconds.
4) Divide among pans, Bake 20-25 mins. Cool in pan 10 mins before removing.
This recipe comes from the Best Recipe cookbook by Cooks Illustrated. It is consistent when you follow the tedious directions. The cake is dense but moist and flavorful.
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