Lindsay's Very Best Yellow Cake

by Lindsay
(North Carolina)

This recipe is the product of many birthday cake recipes in my family. After finding the other family recipes to be not quite what I wanted, I took the best aspects and ingredients from all and began trying combinations. Lots of birthdays later, here it is -- hands down winner in my family.

Name of cake: Lindsay's Very Best Yellow Cake

List of ingredients:

3 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
2 C sugar
5 extra-large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
3 C cake flour (or 3 C scant all purpose flour)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 C whole milk (I've also used 1 C buttermilk as a replacement with excellent results)

Cooking instructions:

Preheat oven to 350
Grease and flour two 9" cake pans or line cupcake tins
Cream butter and sugar in mixer until fluffy (3-5 min)
Add eggs one at a time to mixer
Add extracts
Separately sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
Alternate adding flour mixture and milk into mixer -- mix only enough to combine
Divide batter between cake pans and bake on the center rack for 55 minutes -- or time required for tester to come out clean
Remove cakes from pans and allow to cool on wire racks

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