Thursday, May 17, 2018

Easy Yellow Layer Cake @LucyBurdette #recipe

LUCY BURDETTE: I wanted to make a cake for a small dinner party, but I didn’t have a lot of time. (Big deadline looming for food critic mystery number nine.) I Googled “easy yellow cake” and came across the recipe on which this cake is based. It was simple, because everything gets added into the food processor in turn– No sifting, no separating of eggs, no alternating liquids with dry. And it was very good, light but dense. Maybe not my favorite yellow cake for all time, but very good!


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs, room temp
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 1/2 teaspoons low sodium baking powder
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by buttering well and then flouring lightly.

Combine the butter and sugar in the food processor and beat until pale yellow. Beat in the eggs. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder and mixed that minimally. Beat in the milk and vanilla, again don’t overbeat.

Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for about 25 minutes, until the cake springs back when touched lightly. 

Then cool for 10 to 15 minutes and then remove from the pans to cool completely. 

Frost as desired– My desire was whipped cream and sliced strawberries, but chocolate or mocha butter cream would be wonderful as well.

(Sorry about the photo--we were quite a ways into the cake when I remembered!)

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Here's a pre-order the book link from Amazon--and here's a link to preorder a hard copy from RJ Julia in CT, where you'll be able to get a signed copy. 

Or you can order it from Books and Books in Key West, or call Suzanne Orchard at Key West Island Bookstore ((305) 294-2904)--she'll be delighted to order you a copy! 

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  1. Hey, if you need another idea for frosting, see my post tomorrow! This looks tasty, and I love the simplicity of using the food processor. (Would you believe I actually wore one out after 20+ years? I'm on my second one now.)

  2. Have to use my Kitchenaide. Food processor died years ago. I like the strawberries and whipped cream idea.

    1. I find they are often interchangeable, except for chopping and slicing...

  3. Lovely version of strawberry short cake.
    In this case the "short" was the work load!

  4. I do love easy! And strawberries are so good in cake. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe, Lucy!