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scratch yellow cake? WBH or Mermaid Bakery recipe?

post #1 of 40
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I'm looking for a yellow cake recipe to try. I looked in the recipe section and saw the WBH Golden Butter cake recipe and the Vanilla Butter cake from The Mermaid Bakery. Both have good reviews, I just wanted to see if anyone has tried both of these and can give me any pointers.

I noticed the WBH recipe says it makes 2 10" rounds, but according to the amount of batter needed for a 10" cake layer it isn't enough.... I'm confused.

Thanks!
post #2 of 40
i haven't tried either of those recipes, but i highly recommend Toba Garrett's moist yellow cake found here, http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Moist-Yellow-Cake-109358
post #3 of 40
I haven't tried the WBH but I LOVE the Mermaid bakery yellow cake. Actually... I may experiment a bit w/ it tonight icon_smile.gif It has the texture of a box mix but the taste of a scratch.

One tip for it though... I think it needs a bit more extract or emulsion to pump up the flavoring.
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post #4 of 40
I haven't tried WBH... I HAVE tried Toba Garrett's and Mermaid Bakery.

Hands down, Mermaid Bakery is the best yellow cake I've ever had. Ever. I actually have never really liked "yellow cake", and would NEVER pick it over chocolate or white. Until now. Mermaid Bakery's recipe is just awesome. When I tried Toba Garrett's recipe, it was unanimous 7 of us tried it, and 7 of us really disliked it...
post #5 of 40
Is the Mermaid Bakery recipe listed here on CC?
post #6 of 40
http://www.cakecentral.com/cake_recipe-4313-vanilla-butter-cake-from-the.html

So what is the verdict? What yellow cake did ya try?
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post #7 of 40
I am new to scratch baking and it is sooo exciting!!! Finally found my go-to chocolate. Now looking for white and yellow. I will definitely try the Mermaid Bakery cake. Would you say it is a "yellow" cake then (vs. white)? Also would you use the creme bouquet or the vanilla?
post #8 of 40
I completely agree with ThreeDgirlie, I never really liked yellow untl I made the WBH and Mermaid yellow, i use both. I also agree I don't care for Tobas yellow. I do use cake flour in the Mermaid Bakery recipe and have also used 4 eggs in the WBH instead of 6 yolks and they come out very similar.

I also really love Martha Stewarts yellow cake from the weddng book, it is my favorite with Mermaid close behind.

merissa, try WBH white, itis awesome, this is my white recipe I use.
post #9 of 40
I think the mermaid bakery cake is a little bland, but very moist and dense ( good for carving)
post #10 of 40
okay, I just made the mermaid one. It was okay, but i am not blown away. The texture is just a little different to me, I can't put my finger on it. Almost like it is grainy? Is that the word I am looking for? But I am new to scratch baking, so I could just be comparing to box mixes or I might be doing something wrong icon_lol.gif . I felt the flavor was pretty neutral to me. I almost feel like it is more of a white cake than yellow...or in between? It did seem dense and carvable though.
post #11 of 40
merrissa, I hear what you are saying and I agree. The texture is a little strange and I always bake from scratch. I don't think it is grainy but I am searching for a descriptive word and am coming up empty.
post #12 of 40
yes, it just felt weird on my tongue. I baked the white cupcakes in the WBH last year and had the same experience texture-wise.
post #13 of 40
The WHB golden butter cake is the best tasting cake i've ever made. It's really yummy. love the crumb and texture and it smells heavenly. i'll try it with 3 eggs instead of egg yolks. i am also planning to try the chocolate butter cake recipe they have. the golden butter cake rules though. icon_biggrin.gif just make sure you cream it very well. YUM!
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post #14 of 40
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Originally Posted by ThreeDGirlie

I haven't tried WBH... I HAVE tried Toba Garrett's and Mermaid Bakery.

Hands down, Mermaid Bakery is the best yellow cake I've ever had. Ever. I actually have never really liked "yellow cake", and would NEVER pick it over chocolate or white. Until now. Mermaid Bakery's recipe is just awesome. When I tried Toba Garrett's recipe, it was unanimous 7 of us tried it, and 7 of us really disliked it...




I just had a look at the Mermaid recipe. Do you happen to know if the milk and vinegar is a buttermilk substitute or the actual line of the original recipe.

Just wondering as I often find a recipe that calls for buttermilk does taste better of you use the actual buttermilk instead of a substitute.

Thanks!
post #15 of 40
I was sort of wondering that myself
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