Two peanuts were walking down the street. One was asalted.
….I had to open with a really corny joke, in order to make the following one-liner funnier by comparison: Get ready to find out which yellow cake “took the cake”!
HA! I’ve been waiting to say that all week.
Each cake was scored on a scale of 1-10 (where 1= that’s food? and 10= the best yellow cake that has ever entered my mouth) for overall score, the boyfriend/husband test, and the leftover test. We also provide other comments.
Joy of Baking’s “Yellow Butter Cake“
Overall score (cake): 1
Overall score (frosting): 4
The boyfriend/husband test (cake): 1
The boyfriend/husband test (frosting): 1
The leftover test (cake): 1
The leftover test (frosting): 3
Comments on the cake: I kid you not… cake is my FAVORITE food. In fact, yellow butter cake with chocolate frosting is literally my favorite. You could not imagine how excited I was to have an excuse to make an entire cake of my favorite flavor… even while on a diet. I figured if I had 1 piece a day I could still semi diet the rest of the day. I had it all planned out. Then all my brilliant plans went to you-know-what. Why? THE CAKE SUCKED. Not even “eh.. it’s okay…” sucked. More like, “did I really just waste 3 hours on a Friday night making this disaster?” sucked. I am not even a little bit exaggerating when I say this was the absolute worst cake I have ever had. Even worse than those cakes you have at weddings when people pick horrible flavors because they think it’s fancy. I have no clue how anyone could have said this was the best cake ever… my only conclusion is because maybe its an old recipe… and people didn’t have good cake back then. Who knows? This cake was WAY too sweet- not buttery at all. It reminded me more of white cake than yellow cake… but I could have probably had a better white cake any day then this concoction. Note to self: if you are ever on a diet again and crave cake… make this exact recipe for guaranteed weight loss results.
Comments on the frosting: The frosting was much better than the cake itself… but that is only in comparison to the cake. I have had way better frostings from the jar in the baking aisle. Sad face.
Smitten Kitchen’s “Best Birthday Cake”
Overall score (cake): 8.5
Overall score (frosting): 7
The boyfriend/husband test (cake): 6
The boyfriend/husband test (frosting): 3
The leftover test (cake): 7
The leftover test (frosting): 7
Comments on the cake: Smitten Kitchen was on a mission to create a delicious homemade yellow cake, and I think she did it. This was the best yellow cake I’ve ever made from scratch (granted, I haven’t made that many). Mike, however, thought the cake was just an average yellow cake– not bad, but not the most amazing yellow cake ever. Sighhh. Boys just don’t understand how hard it is to make a good yellow cake that doesn’t involve a box mix! On that note, while this cake was really good, it wasn’t over-the-moon-amazing.
I was nervous about using buttermilk because I’ve used it in another famous yellow cake recipe I’ve made before, and the cake ended up tasting like a mix between cornbread and buttermilk biscuits… Both delicious food items, but not what you want to taste when you bite into a chocolate-frosted slice of cake! Luckily, that did not happen with this cake!
The cake didn’t hold up amazing in the fridge, hence the lower leftover score. Even after just one day it was slightly hard. Have you ever had a homemade cupcake that was like, 5 days old? It was similar to that texture, but after only one day. But somehow, still yummy!
Comments on the frosting: I used the chocolate sour cream frosting that Smitten Kitten suggests. I thought it was fine; a pretty average chocolate frosting. However, Mike was NOT a fan. He did not like the sour-creaminess at. all. He did say it wasn’t as bad the next day, but he still wasn’t a fan. Next time I will look for a really fudgy chocolate frosting recipe instead.(Side note: Has anyone ever tried Publix Bakery’s chocolate fudge frosting?! Seriously so so delicious, and if I ever find a copycat recipe of it my life may be complete!)
Allrecipes: “David’s Yellow Cake“
Overall score: 10
The boyfriend/husband test: 8.5
The leftover test: 9
Comments: Some of the reviews on Allrecipes said that this cake was dry, but it wasn’t! I thought it was really moist (side note: I hate that word!). This really was the best yellow cake I’ve ever had! I would definitely make this again! Since the recipe didn’t provide a frosting recipe, I just used a whipped chocolate frosting.
While we can’t guarantee the results, here are some ideas you can use to customize the winning yellow cake to your dietary needs:
- Gluten-free: Use a gluten-free flour (and don’t forget to check that all your other ingredients are, in fact, gluten free!)
- Vegan: Use a vegan butter substitute, and a vegan egg substitute. Double check that the rest of your ingredients are, in fact, vegan! I’m not sure how this would turn out, since eggs seem to be integral to yellow cake, but if you try it, or have another suggestion, leave a comment and let us know!
- Lower fat: Try substituting some of the butter (about half) with sugar free applesauce. Use skim milk.
- Lower sugar/calories: Substitute some or all of the sugar for Splenda® (see conversion info here), Stevia (see conversion info here), or xylitol (measures 1:1 for sugar). Some people do not like how these taste, though, so proceed with caution!