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favorite white/yellow cake recipe

so I was going through the reviews of all the white/yellow cake recipes on this site and I can't find one that was uniformly liked....  none of them have consistently good reviews.... I want one that tastes non-vegan like (in other words tastes normal even to omnivores) and is yummy on it it's own (without a frosting).  So what your favorite white/yellow cake recipe?

Oh man...(as many of you have "heard" me say..) I haven't found one that I like...I've tried several from the site (w/ and w/o modifications), and some from other places. I dunno...I just can't get it right. Each time I think..I'll just give up...but I want to find one! I have one in line to try next that LA linked me to (from a blog). I know several people like recipes from the site though.  ???

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i have not tried this recipe before but i have heard great reviews! http://shmooedfood.blogspot.com/2006/01/fluffy-white-cupcakes.html

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ive used the 'white cake' recipe listed under the weddings section.  my roommates and i all really liked it - i can't remember what changes i made to it, but i listed them in my review of it.

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Yep, that link that Brooke listed is the one I'm going to try next!

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see, and i didn't like the ones from that blog. too bland for me.

Really?? Oh man, bp...that's a bummer! I found all the other ones "bland" (understatement)... :boooo:

And you don't like any, either?

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i think the white vegan cake will be a mystery forever.

I refuse to believe that!!!....  there's gotta be someone out there that has the perfect recipe!......  ok so from the ones that you have tried, which one do you like best? (and please list all the ones you've tried)

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..  ok so from the ones that you have tried, which one do you like best? (and please list all the ones you've tried)

Ok, I'm going to include lemon cakes...b/c they are yellow..and also a bit of the same thing (weird texture/taste).

1. lemon cupcakes http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=13841.0
        --I gave these a 2 out of 4...I think the taste was very bland..and probably a weird texture. I even made a lemon glaze...but I don't think that helped much.

2. lemon lover's cupcakes with lemon zest buttercream
      --I tested this recipe for a vegan comrade ;) ...but my cupcakes did not work. The frosting was delicious..but the cakes fell in the middle and crumbled to pieces.

3. lemon CAKE with lemon zest buttercream
      --This was another attempt at the same recipe..for one cake, and it fell in the middle again/had issues.

4. basic yellow cake http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=14160.0
      --This is one that a lot of people have really enjoyed...but it didn't work for me. The texture was the same as all the others (way too dense, flat), and the taste was bland and weird. This was my review..back in January: "Unfortunately, I wasn't all that impressed. I followed the recipe exactly, except maybe a little less flour. I'll try it tomorrow and see if it has more flavor when it's not so warm..but it had a little bit of a strange texture, also. I dunno!"

5. white cake http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6372.0
      --This is another one that people have enjoyed, but as you can see from my picture...it has that same bad texture. It also had a very bland flavor...all the same. I even tried a few tips that people suggested throughout the reviews.

6. super moist chocolate cake, as a vanilla cake http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=6686.0
      --I love this cake as a chocolate cake, and read that a few people have enjoyed it as a vanilla one........it didn't work for me. It was maybe a tad bit better than some others..but not really. I added some cinnamon also. I think people have talked about adding vegan vanilla pudding to it...so check the reviews on that.

7. light lemon bundt cake from JOVB pg. 80
    --This was a great cake...and it really close to the perfect texture, and the flavor was good. It might be possible to try it as a vanilla cake?

So...there we are. I still have the vanilla cupcakes to try from JOVB and that blog...
I would be interested to try other people's vegan white/yellow cakes...is is that theirs are working? Or just different expectations/likes? I dunno..I want fluffy and yummy!

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Anybody tried the blondie bars in VWAV?

I made that cake for work a couple of months ago and it was really popular. Clearly, neither my BF or my colleagues had any idea that it was vegan (everybody ate loads of cake and I even got asked for the recipe), so the texture must have been pretty good. I followed the recipe and made it with raspberries and chocolate, but I bet you could easily do some experimenting with it and try different flavours.  :)

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So...there we are. I still have the vanilla cupcakes to try from JOVB and that blog...
I would be interested to try other people's vegan white/yellow cakes...is is that theirs are working? Or just different expectations/likes? I dunno..I want fluffy and yummy!

I've been looking at that one too. There's also the Strawberry Cupcakes, Chocolate Cream Cheese Cupcakes and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes in that book.

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Anybody tried the blondie bars in VWAV?

I made that cake for work a couple of months ago and it was really popular. Clearly, neither my BF or my colleagues had any idea that it was vegan (everybody ate loads of cake and I even got asked for the recipe), so the texture must have been pretty good. I followed the recipe and made it with raspberries and chocolate, but I bet you could easily do some experimenting with it and try different flavours.  :)

I've made the blondie bars out of VWAV. They're good but they aren't necessarily cake-like. It's more like a cakey shortbread with the raspberry topping and they only taste good once they've cooled. I don't think the recipe would work for a white or yellow cake at all.

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what about the basic white cupcake recipe from vctotw?  has anyone successfully used that as a cake?  so far i haven't made it into a cupcake even but it seems like its gotta be good since its used for so many cupcakes that ppl love..

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i make secondbase's yellow cake (on here) as my standard white/yellow cake. i've had people ask me for the recipe and request it at family get togethers, so it must be good! the white cake on here (under "wedding recipes") is another one i've made a lot. they are both nice in my mind, but i don't know what a "regular omni pleasing" one woudl be like

Yeah, that recipe is pretty much the best I could come up with and the best vegan yellow cake I've found. I know for a fact that someone can outdo me and I'm waiting for the day. I'm not an expert when it comes to baking, so I don't know what I could do to possibly make it any better (although I've added butterscotch extract, and caramel extract to it and those are both flipping delicious!)

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Yeah, that recipe is pretty much the best I could come up with and the best vegan yellow cake I've found. I know for a fact that someone can outdo me and I'm waiting for the day. I'm not an expert when it comes to baking, so I don't know what I could do to possibly make it any better (although I've added butterscotch extract, and caramel extract to it and those are both flipping delicious!)

Secondbase, did you buy those extracts at a brick-and-mortar store?  I've been looking for butterscotch extract for a while now and can't seem to find it locally.  I think I'm probably going to have to order it online.  Of course, then, I'll have to buy a bunch of other unusual extracts to make ordering worthwhile ;). 

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I bought them when I was visiting southern california. I drove past some specialty shop and they had a HUGE selection of extracts. I went crazy and spent like $50 on extracts!

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7. light lemon bundt cake from JOVB pg. 80
    --This was a great cake...and it really close to the perfect texture, and the flavor was good. It might be possible to try it as a vanilla cake?

what's JOVB?

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7. light lemon bundt cake from JOVB pg. 80
     --This was a great cake...and it really close to the perfect texture, and the flavor was good. It might be possible to try it as a vanilla cake?

what's JOVB?

The Joy of Vegan Baking.

DO yourself a favor and get a copy, it's fantastic.

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I bought them when I was visiting southern california. I drove past some specialty shop and they had a HUGE selection of extracts. I went crazy and spent like $50 on extracts!

OK, unfortunately, I haven't seen any specialty stores.  I'll probably go crazy buying a bunch, too, but online.

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Yeah, buy JOVB..I just compiled a review of all my reviews..and the majority of them were 4 out of 4! It's a great book.

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perhaps if our powers combined....  ;)b

I just picture Captain Planet here:

http://lypala.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/captain-planet.jpg

By your powers combined, we are......Captain Yellowcake!

That's me on the right.  My power is almond extract because it is my favorite.

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perhaps i will tinker with it next time i make it. it's a good solid cake, but in my baking i've noticed some "traits" that lead to better cakes (like a mega thin batter vs a thicker one). perhaps if our powers combined....  ;)b

what is so special about a "regular" white cake? what should i be striving for? vegan examples of texture comparisons will be most appreciated, since i have no memory of nonvegan cakes.

A thinner batter makes a better cake?
Ok, non-vegan white cakes...EXTREMELY fluffy (think back to a piece of white wedding cake you've had...a block of fluffiness), highly risen/tall, spongy (goes along with fluffy), little pores, excellent flavor (very vanilla-y, no weird taste).....
vegan ones in my experience: weird taste/aftertaste, just same old bland taste....not good flavor, flat in comparison, dense with big crumbs, no sponginess, heavy........

I'm the girl with the purple jacket.

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