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A Tale of One Cake Layer (Yellow Velvet Cake)

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Comparing two layers of cake for A Tale of One Cake LayerAn interesting thing happened on the way to the Pina Colada cake (which is next weeks blog).

I was working on too many things at once when I was working on this cake.  At the end of the day I went to release the cake and ended up cutting across one side of it because I wasn’t focusing on what I was doing.  My husband offered the opinion that if we turned it a certain way, it probably wouldn’t matter.  I was very tempted because I was tired.  I had learned not to made decisions when tired, so I put it off for a day.

That proved to be a lucky decision.  When I looked closely at the cake, the texture seemed to be a bit coarse.  While it probably wouldn’t matter to most people, I am always trying to make my work better.  I decided to switch the all purpose flour for cake flour – but by weight.  So the 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour became 2 cups of cake flour since they both weighed 250 grams or 9 ounces.  It proved to be a good idea. Continue reading

Yellow Cake

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
COPYRIGHT, HELEN S. FLETCHER, 2020. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
ALL PHOTOS BY PASTRIES LIKE A PRO UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

Cut layerFor some reason, yellow cake was always my nemesis.  I just couldn’t find one I really liked and I couldn’t come up with one.   I just skipped yellow cake every chance I got.  One day, I decided enough was enough and started experimenting. By the time I was done, I had a yellow cake to be proud of and proud I was!

This yellow cake is very tender, light and stays moist for days.  It is easily scaled up and accepts any number of fillings.  This is a thick, velvety, luxurious batter. Continue reading