ad info

CNN.com   food > recipes  
 
Editions | myCNN | Video | Audio | Headline News Brief | Feedback

Classic Yellow Cake

From 'Sweet Celebrations: The Art of Decorating Beautiful Cakes'
(Simon & Schuster)
By Sylvia Weinstock with Kate Manchester

book cover
  ALSO
 
 

February 9, 2000
Web posted at: 5:06 p.m. EST (2206 GMT)

"The name says it all. This is the only yellow cake recipe you will ever need. Many people don't like chocolate or nuts, but everybody loves this buttery cake."

Ingredients:
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) sweet butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 large egg whites
Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter and line two 8 x 3-inch baking pans or one 12 x 3-inch pan with parchment.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Cream the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy and light in color, about 2 minutes on medium speed. Add the sugar and continue to mix until fluffy and light.

Add the egg yolks, one at a time, being sure each is well incorporated before adding the next one. Add the vanilla.

Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients alternately with the sour cream, beginning and ending with the flour. Be sure the mixture is completely blended after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and beat for 1 minute.

In a separate bowl, with clean beaters, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the batter with a rubber spatula.

Pour the batter into the prepared pans and smooth with a rubber spatula. Bake in the preheated oven, 60 minutes for the 12-inch square pan or 45 to 50 minutes for the 8-inch pan. The top of the cake should be nicely browned. Test for doneness with a skewer or a toothpick—the tester should come out dry and clean.



RELATED STORIES:
The sophisticated sweet: Dark chocolate
December 23, 1999
Sample the latest innovations at the gourmet Fancy Food Show
January 18, 1999
Chocolatiers show off whimsical creations at New York expo
November 30, 1998
Sweet style -- NY show carves up chocolate clothing creations
November 25, 1998

RELATED SITES:
Simon and Schuster
Decorating Cakes With Frosting

Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
External sites are not endorsed by CNN Interactive.

 Search   

 

  Search
 
 

 
FOOD
TOP STORIES

A low-fat standby

Yogurt: Got culture?

Super shrimp for a Super Bowl barbecue

Ask the baker: About pies, bread and chocolate

(MORE)

TOP STORIES

More than 1,700 killed in India quake; fear of aftershocks spreads

U.S. stocks mixed

After respite, California power supply close to running on empty

Ashcroft supporters combat accusations of discrimination

(MORE)

MARKETS
4:30pm ET, 4/16
144.70
8257.60
3.71
1394.72
10.90
879.91
 


WORLD

U.S.

POLITICS

LAW

TECHNOLOGY

ENTERTAINMENT

HEALTH

TRAVEL

ARTS & STYLE



(MORE HEADLINES)
*
 
CNN Websites
Networks image


Back to the top   © 2001 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.