Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
This recipe is the basis for many of the layer cake . By beating the egg whites separately, then folding them into the batter, you get a very light and flavorful cake Yellow cake batter used for making a layered caked. good consistency for birthday cake, wedding cakes, shower cakes..moist yet thick enough to put on top of each other for a Tiered effect.
- 4 eggs, separated
- 1 cup butter, SOFTENED or 1 cup margarine
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon extract (vanilla, lemon, almond, rum etc.)
- 2 1⁄2 cups cake flour or 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
- 2. Grease and flour or line two 9-inch round cake pans ( or 1 10-inch round 3-inch deep) with parchment paper. Set aside.
- 3. In an electric mixer with wire whisk attachment, beat egg whites until soft peaks. Set aside.
- 4. In an electric mixer on medium speed, cream the butter. Gradually add sugar and beat until light in color. Add vanilla. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after adding each one.
- 5. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with the milk. Begin and end with the flour mixture. Mix until batter is smooth.
- 6. Carefully fold the egg whites into the flour mixture.
- 7. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 25-30 mins (55-60 if using 10-inch pan) or until a tester comes out with a fine crumb. Remove pans from oven and place on a wire cooling rack. Cool cakes in pans for 5-10 minutes. Carefully remove cakes from the pans & continue to cool on wire racks. Remove and discard parchment paper before decorating.
- 8. When cool, frost as desired or wrap in foil then plastic wrap for up to two months.
- YIELD: TWO 9-INCH ROUND LAYERS OR ONE 10-INCH 3-INCH DEEP ROUND LAYER OR 24 CUPCAKES.
- Cake Flour Substitute: 2 ½ Cups All-Purpose Flour minus 5 Tablespoons, and Sifted [2 ½ C – 5 TBSP].
- Butter Substitutes: 1 Cup Shortening Plus 2 Tablespoons Water [1 C + 2 TBSP].
- OR 1 Cup Applesauce or Fruit Puree.
- OR ¾ Cup Olive or Vegetable Oil.
Great recipe. Very easy and well thought out. I love the variation with the egg whites. This is a keeper!