Basic Yellow Cake

Basic Yellow Cake

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  • cups all-purpose flour (do not sift flour)

  • cups sugar

  • tsp baking powder

  • 1

    tsp salt

  • cups milk

  • Vegetable oil

  • 1

    stick butter (not margarine), softened

  • 1

    tbsp vanilla extract

  • 3

    large eggs


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Cut wax paper to fit bottom of (3) 9 inch round cake pans. Spray the pans with cooking spray, place the wax paper in the pans and spray the paper. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, mixing well. Measure the 1 1/4 cups of milk in a 2 cups measuring cup.. Then add enough vegetable oil to bring the liquid up to 1-1/3 cups. Add the milk/vegetable oil mixture, butter and vanilla to the flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium to medium-high speed for 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl as needed. Add the eggs, and continue beating an additional 2 minutes. Pour batter into greased pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean or until cake springs back when touch lightly in the center. Cool cakes on wire racks for 15 minutes; remove from pans and cool completely.


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