Sunday, June 17, 2012

Say Yes to the Cake!

Vanilla Cupcakes with Pink Vanilla Buttercream

On this episode of Say Yes to the Cake!, Dough Puncher will be faced with the tough decision of selecting a delicious yellow cake recipe and the frustration that inevitably follows trying on and disliking recipe after recipe.

(I love "Say Yes to the Dress" ...catch it on TLC if you've never seen it)

Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate-Vanilla Twist Buttercream

This was the week that I really got down to business to face my inner Yellow Cake demons. You see, I love yellow cake-- so simple and delicious-- however I have never been able to find a recipe that was "the one". They always turn out heavy, greasy, coarse, or just down right desert dry. I mean what is it about yellow cake that stumps me so? Other flavors turn out alright, but not this one. My Yellow Nemesis.

Until now. After many (many) tries, I found this recipe at Life's Simple Measures and loved it! I made a few adjustments to suit my taste and here it is!  

Father's Day 6-layer Vanilla Cake with Blue Cream Cheese Frosting

Yellow Cake 
adapted from Life's Simple Measures
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk (I used 1%)

1) Beat your butter until creamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Add salt and vanilla.

2) Stir together your flours. Add to the butter mixture alternately with the milk, in 3 parts each. Mix only until completely combined.

3) Preheat oven to 325F. Line your cupcake pan with paper liners, or use 2, 8-inch cake pans (the bottoms lined with parchment paper and then greased). Bake about 20 minutes for cupcakes, or 30-45 minutes for cake-- or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

4) Cool completely before frosting.

Dough Puncher's Buttercream Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
about 1/4 cup milk (I use 1%)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder for chocolate frosting

1) Beat the butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar, 1-2 cups at a time, mixing until completely incorporated. Add vanilla, salt, milk (1 tablespoon at a time), and cocoa powder if desired. Mix everthing on medium-high speed until soft and creamy.  Add more milk if the frosting is too stiff.

Cream Cheese Frosting
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk

1) Beat the butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar, 1-2 cups at a time, mixing until completely incorporated. Add vanilla and milk. Mix everything on medium-high speed until soft and creamy. Add more milk if frosting is too stiff.


  1. beautiful, lovely, delicious post!

  2. o my...they are all very pretty. That double toned frosting is just sensational.

  3. Wow, the frosting looks like pure heaven! I love it!

  4. same amazing yellow cake recipe that i always use. i even use it when i make cookie dough cupcakes for the base cake recipe

    yellow cake

    cookie dough cupcakes

  5. I have been looking for a good yellow cake - can't wait to try it!