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All-Occasion Downy Yellow Butter Cake

Carol RamosCarol Ramos
servings:Makes 2-layer 9" round cake

Ingredients

  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • Two 9-inch by 1 1/2-inch cake pans, greased, bottoms lined with parchment or wax paper, and then greased again and floured

directions

  • 1

    1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.

  • 2

    2. In a medium bowl, lightly combine the yolks, 1/4 cup milk and the vanilla.

  • 3

    3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix on low speed for 30 seconds to blend. Add the butter and remaining 3/4 cup milk. Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase to medium speed (high speed if using a hand mixer) and beat for 1 1/2 minutes to aerate and develop the cake’s structure. Scrape down the sides. Gradually add the egg mixture in 3 batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients and strengthen the structure. Scrape down the sides.

  • 4

    4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the surface with a spatula. The pans will be about 1/2 full. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until a wire cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed lightly in the center. The cake should start to shrink from the sides of the pan only after removal from the oven.

  • 5

    5. Let the cake cool in the pans on racks for 10 minutes. Loosen the sides with a small metal spatula and invert onto greased wire racks. To prevent splitting, reinvert so that the tops are up and cool completely before wrapping airtight.

Carol’s notes:

Good texture, moist, flavorful

notes

Source: The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Berenbaum

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