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Best Yellow Cake

Very Best Yellow Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 people

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Egg Yolks Save the whites to make Swiss Meringue Buttercream or an omelet
  • 2/3 Cups (162g) Whole Milk
  • 1 Tsp (6g) Vanilla Extract or seeds of 1 Vanilla Bean Pod
  • 1 Stick (113g) Butter room temperature
  • 2 Cups (230g) Cake Flour
  • 1 Cup (230g) Sugar
  • 2 ½ Tsp (13g) Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp (5g) Sea Salt
  • Simple Syrup for brushing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF/177ºC
  2. In a medium bowl, gently whisk together the egg yolks, milk, and vanilla and set aside.
  3. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together all of the dry ingredients until combined. Beat in the butter until it is fully incorporated into the flour. Don’t over mix it; it should be just combined and partially dry.

  4. A third at a time, slowly beat in the egg yolk mixture until the mixture begins to incorporate.
  5. Beat the cake for no more than a minute or until cake batter is slightly fluffy.
  6. Generously grease two 8” cake pans with butter, vegetable oil, or cooking spray. You may also line the bottoms with circular cut-outs of parchment paper. Divide batter equally between the two tins and bake for 40-50 minutes or until cake is golden yellow and bounces back when touched and a toothpick comes out clean when probed at the center.
  7. To make Cupcakes, prepare a standard cupcake tray with liners, and fill each cup with no more than 2/3 upward. Bake cupcakes for 30-40 minutes or until cake is golden yellow and bounces back when touched and a toothpick comes out clean at the center.
  8. With a spoon or pastry brush, brush the tops of each cake/cupcake with an even layer of the simple syrup. You do not have to use a lot of the syrup; you just want to use enough to evenly coat the tops of the cakes.

  9. Let cake/cupcakes cool completely before releasing them from the molds and serving and/or frosting.
  10. For the best frosting results, let cake chill overnight in the freezer before cutting into layers.