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post #16 of 25
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Originally Posted by aej6

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Originally Posted by prterrell

It's not the recipes that are the problem. You're not using correct technique.



What is the correct technique?



Correctly measuring ingredients.
Making sure ingredients are at correct temperature.
Creaming butter and sugar to correct consistency.
Building emulsion with addition of eggs in correct manner.
Building the protein structure of the cake by mixing long enough after flour has been added but not so long as to make cake tough.
Making sure leavening is fresh.

Seriously, if every scratch recipe you try comes out wrong, then you have to look at the common factor: you the baker must not be doing things correctly.

Building a scratch batter is not the same as baking a box mix or doctoring a box mix.
post #17 of 25
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See there.... that's the thing, every scratch recipe I use does not come out wrong. I only bake from scratch. Just tried a few vanilla ones that I didn't like. If you bake as much as it seems you do, then you have to understand that finding the right recipe is key. Thanks for your help. And thanks to everyone else that gave me some really great suggestions!!!!
post #18 of 25
I love the MOIST Vanilla Cake recipe in the recipes section. I use a little less sugar since I found it a little sweet. But it was very moist and now my favorite vanilla cake recipe.
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post #19 of 25
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See there.... that's the thing, every scratch recipe I use does not come out wrong. I only bake from scratch. Just tried a few vanilla ones that I didn't like. If you bake as much as it seems you do, then you have to understand that finding the right recipe is key. Thanks for your help. And thanks to everyone else that gave me some really great suggestions!!!!



Are you saying you don't like the taste? Is it not a strong enough vanilla flavor? Are they dry? You don't like the texture?

What recipes have you tried? You don't have to list the exact recipe, but if you give names of books, websites, etc. where you have tried recipes it might be a start.

If you don't feel it has a strong vanilla taste, you can try adding the see of a vanilla bean or vanilla bean paste to a recipe. I add a tablespoon of vanila been paste. It brings out the flavor of the vanilla.

If it's something else about a vanilla cake recipe you don't like, can you be more specific? Thanks.
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post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 
It was just not coming out as moist as I like. Or I guess the texture, some a little too dense. But today I tried the sylvia weinstock recipe. Seems like it might be a winner. I'll see tomorrow when the cake is served.
post #21 of 25
Have you tried any recipes from The Cake Bible? You didn't indicate whether you were looking for a white vanilla or a yellow vanilla but I have been pretty pleased with her Downy Yellow (I think thats its name) cake recipe. I haven't tried her recipe for white cake yet.

I also like A Better White Scratch Cake recipe from here.
http://cakecentral.com/recipes/2165/a-better-white-scratch-cake
Some people find it a bit tempermental but it works well for me.
HTH!
post #22 of 25
I too struggled with the yellow cake one, I think that is a flavor that many people struggle with. All my other cake flavors are wonderful. But after testing numerous recipes, I also tried Sylvia Weinstock's original and LOVE it!!! It is my "go to" now.

Also, sometimes it's just a matter of taste too. What one person considers to be a great yellow cake, others may not like.
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
Ok everyone, I tried Sylvia Weinstock's recipe, and I think this might be the one. Will try the others too, but I was very happy with the result. Nice texture, good flavor and moist! Yay!
post #24 of 25
For a moist cake, all you need to do is mix the butter and sugar together until it turns pale in color about 8-10 mins. This method incorporate the air bubbles which will result in a mosit and fluffy cake.
post #25 of 25
Yay, I'm glad you liked it! It's a favorite for us!
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