I should thank my elder one actually for pushing me to make this post . I planned to make a post on this yellow cake recipe, but he was the one who told me “ Amma, it is not fair.. How could you serve the cake without any frosting ??? “. So, here it is a detailed post on the cake recipe, frosting recipe and with some important tips for the beginner who wants to frost their cakes.
Basic Yellow Cake Recipe
One common request from most of my friends is to post basic cake recipes. There is nothing that have been passed on to me from my mom or relatives. It is all the recipes that I have across in various websites and books, I am posting it here.. Yes, whether I try or not I get a bunch of baking books from bookstore and lend from our local library. The recipe today I am gonna post is very simple – very very simple, yet very tasty – very very tasty . I am also including few tips that I follow while baking and frosting, which I guess will be handy.
2 1/2 cups flour
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 cup milk
1 cup oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree farenheit. Line and grease the cake pans. Sift the dry ingredients once in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients to it and beat using a hand mixer for 30 seconds until combined. Increase the speed to medium and beat for another 2 to 2 1/2 minutes until smooth.
2. Transfer the content to a lined and greased two 9 x2 inch round cake pans and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, until a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
1 cup unsalted butter, very soft
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. milk
6 ounces semisweet chocolate ( 1 cup chocolate), melted and cooled to lukewarm
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners sugar
Using a double boiler, or over a pot of simmering water place a bowl with the chocolate, making sure the top bowl doesn’t touch the simmering water stir the chocolate until melted. Allow it cool for 7 to 10 minutes.
In a medium size bowl, beat the butter until creamy. Add the milk carefully and beat until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and beat well. Add the vanilla extract and beat for 3 more minutes. Gradually add the sugar and beat until creamy.
Yellow cake Recipe – Turning the Tide Blog
Chocolate Buttercream frosting – The magnolia Bakery Cookbook
Transporting the cake
There is a reason for including thee transportation part first . The liner I have used – the green one – it is the shelf liner that you can in dollar stores. I always see that in Dollar tree. You can cut it according to your cake box size. Place the decorated cake over this liner and it helps not to move the cake, while transporting it. I have been using the one in the picture for about 5 + years now and it was given by my first cake instructor .
For covering the cake with the frosting
A turn table turns very handy for frosting the cakes. I don’t own a turntable, but this lazy susan solves the purpose as the turntable does. You can find one in IKEA ( Click for the product link) for under $10.
- Place the shelf liner over the turntable / lazy susan. Place a cake board of the cake size over it.Place small squares of wax paper around the board, with a small portion of them getting below the cake board ( You cannot see them in the picture,as I totally forgot that day ) – This will help to clean up the spill ups of the excess frosting easily.
- Now, apply a big tab of the frosting on the middle of the cake board. This is going to act as a glue and prevent from moving apart.
- Place first layer of the cake, Cover it with the filling / frosting using a flat head spatula, making the surface look even (Practice will help). Now place the second layer exactly over the first layer.
- Using the spatula, continue to rotate the turntable as you fill the middle portion of the cake with frosting, which is nothing but leveling the cakes.
- Now, take a big tab of frosting and continue to cover all over the sides .I am always comfortable working from the down to up strokes, while icing on the sides. Now again put a big tab of frosting on the top surface of the cake .Rotate the turntable on one hand, as you work on the icing with the other. Do not dig on the cake, else you will see crumbles over the icing. Again practice will come in hand .Any flaws in the cake, frosting cover ups everything . Nothing fancy has to be done for the décor in this cake.Once done with the applying the frosting all over the cake,just lift the spatula , moving over the icing slightly with a gentle pressure.
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I use the coupons from craft stores – Michaels ,Hobby Lobby and Jo Ann to buy all the cake supplies. You can find different sizes of cakes boards in those shops, as per your need. Look for their website for coupons,also email sign up for coupons and newsletters and that is the way to save.
Or, Save the Large size cartons that comes along with bulk cookies or snacks that you buy from a wholesaler like Costco or Sams. Using the cake pan, make an outline in the board and cut using the scissors and Ta-Da – homemade cakeboard is ready.
The spatula I use
Wilton Angled and straight head spatula to apply the frosting and to smoothen it. Also I use few other (interesting) tools which I will blog in the next cake decorating post.
Again it is Wilton brand cake carrier I have and bought it from Michaels when they had 50% off coupon.
How to store the leftover buttercream frosting
Transfer any leftover buttercream icing into a bowl. Tightly cover with a plastic wrap and close it with the lid. Store in the refrigerator. Bring it to room temperature and whip it once, before using it
More tips, probably with the video coming up soon .
Here are few cakes that I baked recently
A Tuxedo cake for Fathers day small get-together party. A chocolate fudge buttercream frosted chocolate cake with fondant accents, the brown fondant is storebought and the white one is homemade Marshmallow fondant with white chocolate flavor.The before day my ankle got swollen and was totally drained. I know I didn’t proper justification to the cake,one side of the tuxedo had an impression on it , but the truth is I was totally drained and I ended up as it is.
This cake below is our 7th Wedding Anniversary cake. Triple Chocolate Cake with Double Chocolate Frosting coated with walnut crust.
And before ending with this post, I should thank my little one who was one of the reasons for making me do this post…Here is he is holding the board , as always . Thank you Kuttu .