How do you get a good crumb or texture on a cake? Please help mom of three boys just trying to make cute cakes for my boys. Thanks in advance!
I usually add an additional teaspoon of vanilla to either the full recipe (or a half recipe) - of course, that doesn't make much sense, but it seems to work both ways. You could probably add an additional teaspoon of almond as well as the vanilla.
Hope this helps!
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup shortening (half margarine or butter, softened - if desired)
1 tsp vanilla
Heat oven to 350 - or whatever your pan size requires. Grease & flour pans Makes 13x 9x2 inch, 2 round 9 x 1 1/2 inch or 3 round pans 8 x 1 1/2 inch.
Beat all ingredients on low speed for about 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed about 3 minutes, scraping occasionally. Beating longer does not harm the mix...
Pour into pans.
Bake rectangle 40-45 mins, 9 inch - 30-35 mins, 8 inch - 20-25 mins or until wooden toothp[ick comes out clean. Cool on wire rack approx 10 mins, remove from pans & cool completely.
For chocolate cakes, I cup back the flour to 2 cups, & add 1/2 cup cocoa powder.
Yields; approx 6 cups
When using any of the Wilton or any other brand pans - I use the baking times/temps recommended for those particular pans
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