Moist Basic Cake

READY IN: 55mins


  • 2 12
  • 2 14
    teaspoons baking powder
  • 14
    teaspoon salt
  • 12
    cup vanilla yogurt (or use plain yogurt)
  • 14
    cup vegetable oil
  • 2
    tablespoons gated orange rind
  • 2
    teaspoons vanilla
  • 2
    teaspoons orange extract
  • 1
    egg yolk
  • 1 12
    cups sugar
  • 34
    cup warm milk (milk must be warm!)
  • 4
    egg whites (room temperature, save 3 yolks for another time)


  • Set oven to 375 degrees (you will reduce the temperature after 10 minutes of baking).
  • Spray bottom ONLY of a 10-inch round cake pan, then line bottom with wax paper then lightly dust with flour.
  • In a bowl stir together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  • In another bowl combine the yogurt with oil, orange rind, vanilla, orange extract and 1 egg yolk; beat for about 2 minutes.
  • Add in 1 cup sugar; beat until thoroughly combined (about 4-5 minues no sugar granules should remain).
  • Add in warm milk and beat for 2 minutes.
  • In another bowl beat egg whites at high speed until foamy; gradually add in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, beating until stiff peaks begin to form.
  • Add the flour mixture and egg white mixture alternately to the yogurt mixture beating at low speed.
  • Transfer the batter to prepared baking pan, then tap on the counter to remove any air bubbles.
  • Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for about 28 minutes or until the cake tests done.
  • Loosen the cake from the sides of the pan and turn out onto a wire rack.
  • Peel off the wax paper and cool completely.