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Basic Yellow Cake

What you need: 

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup raw sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup nondairy milk (I use soy)
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or seasoned rice vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients.
2. In another bowl, mix all wet except oil, and stir well. Mix together wet and dry ingredients.
3. Add canola oil, 1 tablespoon at a time and mix well.
4. Bake 22-25 minutes until lightly golden.
You can substitute applesauce for the oil if you'd like to make this a healthier recipe. Just make sure to reduce the sugar just a touch if you use sweetened applesauce.

Preparation Time: 
30 minutes
Cooking Time: 
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SO HOW'D IT GO?

hey what did you use to make the white frosting? was it a frosting recipe off of here?

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i split the batter between two round pans and this made really thin cakes (i read in a Q & A post that listed this recipe that it made 1 2-layer cake). i reduced the sugar to 3/4 c (all i had in the house) and mixed all my wet/dry together. if someone knows why the oil is added afterwards please let me know.... i would be interested in what effect it has on the cake. the cake turned out very well. it wasn't super moist but the crumb was excellent. i put jam in the middle and frosted it for my friend's birthday.

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I doubled the oil and still had to add more than 1/2 cup more water.
It turned out SO good, and was even better the next day!! :)

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I have been enjoying these by cutting them up and rolling them in confectioner's sugar and in cinnamon and confectioner's sugar.  Then I put heat them in the microwave for a few seconds and they satisfy my craving for a doughnut.  Very yummy since I don't have any icing!

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Anonymous

I had high hopes for this recipe after reading the reviews but I am very disappointed as the 'cake' turned out much denser than I expected. Now I followed the recipe exactly except for the substition of applesauce for the oil and the elimination of almond extract.  Maybe the applesauce is where I went wrong.  I even added a little extra water than the recipe called for.  How much water is to be added and how viscous is the batter suppose to be?  I baked these as cupcakes and they looked like winners when coming out of the oven, lightly golden, but the texture is lacking.  I am looking for that light, fluffy, crumbly texture as depicted on the mixes like betty crocker.  I am willing to try this again but does anyone have any suggestions?  Should I use more water next time?  I haven't had a cake-like dessert for a long time and I am desperate to find a winning recipe! :(

use the oil instead and the batter should be thick somewhat if I remember correctly. But I don't think it's crumbly in any way it's spongy.

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I had high hopes for this recipe after reading the reviews but I am very disappointed as the 'cake' turned out much denser than I expected. Now I followed the recipe exactly except for the substition of applesauce for the oil and the elimination of almond extract.  Maybe the applesauce is where I went wrong.  I even added a little extra water than the recipe called for.  How much water is to be added and how viscous is the batter suppose to be?  I baked these as cupcakes and they looked like winners when coming out of the oven, lightly golden, but the texture is lacking.  I am looking for that light, fluffy, crumbly texture as depicted on the mixes like betty crocker.  I am willing to try this again but does anyone have any suggestions?  Should I use more water next time?  I haven't had a cake-like dessert for a long time and I am desperate to find a winning recipe! :(

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Anonymous

Startaurus,

You don't use any sugar?  What do you use to sweeten it? If I sub water for the milk do I still also add water? Also, I plan to sub applesauce for the oil.  Will this ruin the texture?

I do use sugar I use turbinado sugar I was only talking about the substitutions that I use.I also add the 1/4 cup water as well. I can't tell you anything about the applesauce part I never tried it but I say use the oil really.

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Startaurus,

You don't use any sugar?  What do you use to sweeten it? If I sub water for the milk do I still also add water? Also, I plan to sub applesauce for the oil.  Will this ruin the texture?

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Anonymous

Does this turn out like a fluffy white cake? I want to make cupcakes out of these.  And should I use 1/4 cup of water or 1 and 1/4?

This is what I do I substitute the 1/2 cup soymilk with water.I don't add any flavorings. And I substitute vegetable oil for the canola oil and I still think it comes out as a light yellow cake.

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Does this turn out like a fluffy white cake? I want to make cupcakes out of these.  And should I use 1/4 cup of water or 1 and 1/4?

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