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How to Bake a Moist Cake - Learn to Decorate Cakes, Part 2

Updated on February 2, 2016
Baked Cakes
Baked Cakes | Source

When you bake a cake, there are several goals you are trying to meet. You want a cake that is fluffy, has a nice sized crumb, is moist, tastes decadent, and has visual appeal. I have baked, decorated, and served many, many cakes. Not once have I had a complaint on flavor, texture or appearance. While I do bake “from scratch” cakes on request, this is the recipe I use most often when I bake a cake for someone. For the purpose of this article, we will assume that I am baking two 9” round vanilla cakes.

2 Betty Crocker vanilla cake mixes

4 large eggs

3 egg whites

2 C. milk

½ C. unsalted butter, melted and cooled

½ C. vegetable oil

2 t. pure vanilla extract

Combine everything in mixing bowl and beat on low until combined. Turn mixer up to medium high for two minutes. In the meantime, grease and flour two 9” round cake pans. Pour batter into cake pans until 2/3 full.

Raspberry-Vanilla Swirl Batter in Cake Pans
Raspberry-Vanilla Swirl Batter in Cake Pans | Source

Bake at 325° until top of cake springs back up when lightly touched, approximately 35-40 minutes. Time varies with different ovens. Place cake pans on cooling rack and cover with lint-free towel. Push down on entire top of cake so that cake is level and does not have a rounded “bump” on the top. Remove towel. Cool 10 minutes and carefully flip cake out of pan onto cooling rack to finish the cooling process.

Pushing down on the top of the cake helps trap in moisture and adds density. This also avoids loss of cake due to leveling with a knife. The result is a cake that is so moist friends will rave.

Recipe variation for Chocolate Cake:

2 Betty Crocker Devil’s Food cake mixes

7 eggs

2 C. buttermilk

½ C. Kraft Mayo

¼ C. brewed coffee

½ C. unsalted butter, melted and cooled

½ C. vegetable oil

1 T. pure vanilla extract


More to Come...

This is the second in a series of articles on custom cake art. Look for the upcoming articles on filing, stacking, carving and decorating cakes.

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      JanuaryFry 6 years ago from Illinois

      It's pretty tasty when baked as well ;) For anyone looking to make the raspberry-vanilla, simply warm some seedless raspberry jam until it is easily stirred. After you pour the vanilla batter into the cake pans, add some random dollops of the jam and swirl it in with a flat knife. Bake as usual. The cakes will be sticky when they come out, so lining the pans with parchment paper and then greasing/flouring will help immensely.

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      GrowingDeeper 6 years ago

      That raspberry vanilla swirl looks yummy . I could eat the batter no problems :)

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