For any cake artist, a superb recipe is necessary to create a masterpiece cake! It is important to find a recipe or several recipes that work for you. When designing a cake that involves sculpture, you may want a dense cake recipe; one that will hold up against carving and shaping. On the other hand, a light and airy recipe may be what fits the bill when it comes to cupcakes and special occasion cakes. In either case, you want a recipe that is moist and rich in flavor!

When I first started baking (ions ago, LOL), I thought Yellow Cake was ordinary and nothing really special because most yellow cakes seemed too neutral in flavor. Some yellow cake recipes seemed too eggy and extremely dense, while others crumbled and were too dry. Yellow cake, when done properly, is really flavorful and is a great cake for additions of strawberries, peaches or pineapple and nuts, or for any icing or filling flavor! This Cake Artist would like to share a favorite with you that you will enjoy for years to come:


3 cups cake flour ( or all purpose)
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups of white granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Flour 2 , 8 inch or 9 inch cake pans. In a mixing bowl, sift flour, salt and baking powder together and set aside. In main mixing bowl, combine oil and sugar. When thoroughly combined, add eggs, one at a time until thoroughly incorporated. Next, add extract and then, alternate flour mixture with buttermilk until thoroughly mixed. Do not over beat batter. Pour into floured pans and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until tops spring back and inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and remove from pans. Layer, Ice and serve!
You may use 2 sticks of butter in place of vegetable oil or butter flavored Crisco, if you need that " buttery flavor!"

Author's Bio: 

Twanda's passion is baking and cake decorating, and her specialty is Cake Art and Design!
Twanda Bates is a self-taught baker/cake decorator and Cake Artist. Her business, Wanni's Suga-Sweets Specialty Cakes & Desserts, was designed and created to bring to the surrounding communities a form of cake decorating not commonly found in her area. Twanda has honed and mastered skills that give her cakes a unique and enchanting nature. In addition, Twanda is a published Author and public speaker.