Recipe by Sarah Phillips © 2010 Sarah Phillips CraftyBaking.com
Variations: Scratch Chocolate Cake with Box Qualities; Scratch Non-Chocolate Espresso Cake with Box Qualities; Scratch Yellow Cake with Box Qualities
Cupcakes and photo by kake: I mixed the Scratch White Cake with Box Qualities and Scratch Chocolate Cake with Box Qualities Recipes ogether....it is very good and my youngest son requested it for his birthday!
I use what is called the Two-Step Mixing Method, to bring you a tender and moist cake! I recently discovered through research, that in fact, the Pillsbury Company invented this method in 1945, which they called the Quick-Mix Method, as a way for home baker's to bake light and airy cakes. Crisco was used in their recipes at the time, and butter could be easily substituted, with the same result.
The Two-Step Mixing Method works this way: Mixing the butter first directly with the flour and dry ingredients, coats the gluten-forming proteins in the wheat flour with fat, so when the wet ingredients, such as milk or buttermilk are added next, and the ingredients are mixed, very little gluten is formed. Plus, cake flour is low in gluten forming proteins, and it being bleached, toughens the protein molecules, enabling it to carry more than its weight in sugar and fat; cakes with bleached cake flour tend to be higher in sugar and fat, both tenderizers, than those without - that's why these cakes literally melt in your mouth!
CAKE RECIPE HELP
Some white cake recipe can use 6 to 8 large egg whites, which I find have a drying effect on the recipe. When I develop white butter cake recipes, such as this one, I substitute some of the egg whites with whole eggs, without affecting its color; it's because of the presence of bleached cake flour and a still larger percent of egg whites in the recipe. The result is a more flavorful and moister cake, with longer storage capabilities. I use my ingredients cold from the refrigerator because I found that the friction from stand mixer blades against them will quickly warm the cake's ingredients to the optimal finished batter temperature of 68-72 degrees F.
2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cold
1/2 cup whole milk, can be cold
2 large eggs
4 large egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1 teaspoon almond extract or lemon or orange extract)
1 3/4 cups bleached cake flour (not self-rising); spoon into measuring cup and level to rim
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1. Position oven shelf in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. (If using dark, nonstick baking pans or ovenproof, Pyrex glass pans, be sure to reduce the oven heat by 25 degrees F).
Grease and flour two, 9 x 2-inch cake pans. Set aside.
Remove the butter sticks from the refrigerator, and cut into approximately 10 - 12 evenly-sliced pieces each stick (24 pieces total). Set aside, and let soften slightly, but must remain cool.
In a one or two-cup measuring cup or a bowl with a pouring spout, beat together the milk, eggs, egg whites and vanilla, and beat together with a fork. Set aside.
SARAH SAYS: I measure the milk in a one-cup liquid measuring cup and to it, I add the eggs, egg whites and vanilla extract.
2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar. Fit a paddle attachment to the mixer, and mix on low, about 10 to 15 seconds to combine the ingredients. Make sure you get all of the ingredients mixed in from the bottom of the bowl.
3. With the mixer on low speed, add the butter 1 tablespoon or piece at a time at a time into the flour mixture. Keep adding each butter-piece about 10 seconds apart, until all has been incorporated. The flour mixture should begin to clump together and look moistened slightly. You should not see any butter pieces in the mixture.
After 1 stick or 8 tablespoons of butter have been added to the flour/dry ingredients. The butter is evenly distributed throughout and the dry ingredients begins to look like cornmeal. The dry mixture starts to clump together a little. Photo by Sarah Phillips
4. With the mixer speed on low, add 1/2 of the egg/milk mixture slowly at the side of the bowl. Mix until incorporated, taking about 5-10 seconds. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides. Increase the speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about a minute.
With the mixer on low speed, add the remaining egg/egg white mixture in a slow steady stream at the side of the bowl. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides. Beat at medium speed until thoroughly mixed and light and fluffy, about 1 minute. The batter will look fluffy and slightly curdled, it's ok.
5. Divide the batter evenly between the pans and gently smooth the tops. The batter will fill the baking pans about half-full.
6. Bake for about 20 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs attached but not batter. The sides will shrink slightly from the sides of the pan. Do not overbake. The cake rises nicely and the cake bakes flat.
Remove cakes to cool on wire racks for 10 to 15 minutes and then unmold onto wire cake racks, right-side-up, to cool thoroughly. Be careful, the cakes are delicate when warm.
The cake layers store nicely. They can be stored at room temperature for about 3 or more days. The cake layers freeze well for about a month or more. Keep well wrapped.
Scratch Chocolate Cake with Box Qualities
Scratch Non-Chocolate Espresso Cake with Box Qualities
Scratch Yellow Cake with Box Qualities