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    Southern Living Basic Yellow Cake Recipe ( or Chocolate)

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    petlover's Note:

    I found this is an older Southern Living cookbook- "Heritage Cakes" . This is a basic yellow cake that yields 2 layers. The recipe is as found: my only changes have been direction clarifications. For Chocolate Cake: Add 3 ( 1 oz.) squares of unsweetened choclate, melted in a double boiler, to the creamed mixture.

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    Serves: 8



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    1. 1
      1. Cream butter then gradually add sugar, beating well .
    2. 2
      2. Add eggs, beating well after each addition: this mix should be fluffy yellow.
    3. 3
      3. In another bowl, combine the flour and baking powder: The add mix to the creamed mixture ( above) alternating with milk, beginning and ending with the flour mix. Mix well.
    4. 4
      4. Stir in vanilla.
    5. 5
      5. Pour batter into 2 greased/floured 9" pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center come out clean.
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      6. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove layers from pans and cool completely.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 03, 2010


      Delicous! Used this for my son's two layer birthday cake along with a double recipe of Chocolate Buttercream Frosting. Perfect, traditional old-fashioned yellow cake with a heavier crumb. Just a note, if you are used to the light and airy texture of a cake from a cake mix, this will be quite different but so much better :) And you can pronounce all of the ingredients! I used Doughmakers pans which don't usually stick, greased and floured them, then lined with wax paper. Did have some problem with sticking so next time would use a heavy hand with the greasing and flouring. Thanks for sharing the recipe! Southern Living never disappoints!

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    • on November 14, 2011


      This cake was delicious! I usually dont like yellow cake made from scratch because everytime i have made one it tastes like sweet corn bread. But not this one it is moist has the perfect texture i will be using this recipe alot thank you for sharing!!!

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    • on November 09, 2011


      Finally! A very moist and delicious yellow cake. I baked it in a 9 X 13 for about 25-35 minutes. Sorry, don%u2019t recall exact time. All my attempts in the past have yielded a somewhat dry cake, but yours is perfect. I will use it as a muffin base too. Thank you very much for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Southern Living Basic Yellow Cake Recipe ( or Chocolate)

    Serving Size: 1 (184 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 621.1
    Calories from Fat 239
    Total Fat 26.6 g
    Saturated Fat 16.1 g
    Cholesterol 136.0 mg
    Sodium 186.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 88.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 50.1 g
    Protein 8.6 g

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