Best Egg Free Yellow Cake - IMHO

Posted on: Mon, 03/12/2007 - 1:26am
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NicoleinNH posted a recipe for yellow cake - the address is:

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I have now made this recipe 3 times. A large rectangle, a character cake pan, and yesterday I made cupcakes.

The recipe is consistant, easy to make, the cake color is actually yellow (don't ask), it tastes great, and the cake does not get pastey or soggy on the second or third day!

It really is the best I have made and my two DS's are thrilled as they only like yellow cake.

The next time, I am going to try this with lemon cake!

Thanks for posting this Nicole!

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DD - allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, and egg

Posted on: Tue, 03/13/2007 - 10:39am
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Thanks I used the cherybrook kitchens cake mix for ds b-day it made great cupcakes but his b-day cake was heavy. Although, the kids seemed to like it. I'll try this one next.

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 6:09am
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What brand of pudding do you use? (USA) I've avoided pudding because I'm just not sure with the pistachio being a flavor... he's allergic to treenuts, too.

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 6:43am
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In a pinch I have used Jello - I know big risk - my DD is tree nut allergic too. I had another kind but didn't keep the box and forget whose it was - I bought it at Whole foods.
I also have a recipe I just found this week to make your own mix that I have not tried yet.
Make your own and add the vanilla with wet ingredients to the cake:
Vanilla Pudding Mix
3 cups nonfat dry milk
4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all except the vanilla, and store in an airtight container.
To prepare, mix 1/2 cup of mix to 2 cups milk. Heat and stir constantly while boiling. Cool, then add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
A box of Jello is 3.4 oz. I figure 4 oz to a half cup so 1/8 cup is 1 oz so I came up with 3.5 eigths of a cup.

Posted on: Wed, 03/14/2007 - 8:50am
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Quote:Originally posted by PurpleCat:
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I also have a recipe I just found this week to make your own mix that I have not tried yet.
Make your own and add the vanilla with wet ingredients to the cake:
Vanilla Pudding Mix
3 cups nonfat dry milk
4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix all except the vanilla, and store in an airtight container.
To prepare, mix 1/2 cup of mix to 2 cups milk. Heat and stir constantly while boiling. Cool, then add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
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Oooh good find! I'd love to know if anyone has tried this recipe or one like this substituting cowmilk-free (like Soy Quick) powder . . .
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Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 3:20am
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What am I doing wrong? I made this cake too. But it was heavy and flat. I used a white cake mix. Is that the problem? I also made a double recipe, maybe that's it? I needed it to be pink so I wanted to start out with it white. Then I made a different recipe and that didn't really turn out either.
I'm trying to make a cake for my DD's 3rd b-day. It needs to be a pink cake and DH is going to cut it out in the shape of a bear and decorate it. In the meantime I have two 11x15 pink cakes on my counter and neither one looks very good or tastes very good.
(i'm usually a very good baker- I'm known as the "baker" among family and friends! Of course, that was before allergies!)
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Kara mom to 4, wife to 1
Elise 5- (eczema, NKA)
Mary 3- (egg, peanut, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, organge, avoiding: tree nuts, shellfish, most dairy, eczema)
Franklin 21 mos- (eczema, NKA)
Cecelia 4 mos-(NKA)
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Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 4:17am
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I am the queen of disasterous attempts at making a good yellow cake. I have been at this for over a year. I have modified all kinds of recipes and all my attempts failed except one concoction I created that only works as an 8" X 8" square or 8" round. Any bigger and it is downright gross!!! Why??? I haven't the foggiest. I gave up for two months after that disaster!
For this recipe, I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake. It really came out great! (I kid you not, my kids are begging for more.)
I don't know about a white cake mix or what brand you used. I do think Betty Crocker makes a Super Moist White cake. Perhaps the moisture content is too different. Perhaps the pink coloring changed the moisture content?
I also used Canola oil although I can't imagine there would be that much difference with the oil.
I used Canada Dry gingerale at room temperature and just opened for full fizz. What soda did you use?
Did you mix both batches together or one at a time and add them to the same pan? If you did both batches together, perhaps it just didn't mix up right? or you needed to mix it longer?
I used my freestanding mixer to mix it.
Why does the cake need to be pink? Is the pink the background for the decorations? If so, may I suggest you make the yellow cake, cut it out, glaze it with a pink glaze icing and let it dry and then add the decorations.
I was going to suggest using pink or redish soda and or pink pudding mix but I assume it would make a yellow cake orange - not pink [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img].
I'm not sure what else to ask or suggest.
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Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 8:42am
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Quote:Originally posted by KaraLH:
[b]What am I doing wrong? I made this cake too. But it was heavy and flat. I used a white cake mix. Is that the problem? I also made a double recipe, maybe that's it? I needed it to be pink so I wanted to start out with it white. Then I made a different recipe and that didn't really turn out either.
I'm trying to make a cake for my DD's 3rd b-day. It needs to be a pink cake and DH is going to cut it out in the shape of a bear and decorate it. In the meantime I have two 11x15 pink cakes on my counter and neither one looks very good or tastes very good.
(i'm usually a very good baker- I'm known as the "baker" among family and friends! Of course, that was before allergies!)
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Kara,
Try the cake on the FAAN website. It has never failed me! I have used cake flour or all-purpose and I have used different kinds of shortening (Spectrum, Earth Balance, Crisco, even lard)
The cake is pretty much white as long as the shortening is white (not butter) and you don't use too much vanilla.
[url="http://www.foodallergy.org/morerecipes.html"]http://www.foodallergy.org/morerecipes.html[/url]
Good luck!
Cathy

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 1:00pm
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Okay so here's the deal: 3 yo DD love the color pink and loves bears. Not teddy bears- more like real bears. So DH found a great picture of a bear and tweaked it a little to be able to cut it out of an 11x15 cake. So the cake itself had to be pink while the design is a bear and the frosting will be brown and black. (oh, what we don't do for our sweet kids!!)
Anyway, I made the cake the first time with 2 pillbury white cake mixes, 2 boxes vanilla pudding and room temp gingerale (canada dry) and mixed in the rest of the ingredients. (i also use canola oil) then added pink food coloring. It was a thick gloppy mess when I put it in the pan and came out of the oven very flat and gooey.
So I made the cake from FAAN. part of it stuck to the pan and it tasted awful. No flavor at all. (pretty pink though)
So I made another cake with the cake mix, but I ran out of pudding so I did a double recipe with 1 pudding mix and ran out of ginger ale and substituted with sprite and added more liquid and less flour.
Still kind of gooey, but the flavor is good.
DH is in the kitchen now decorating it- it will be cute. I'm just frustrated because my cake are usually great but this feels like failure looming.......
I don't know what happened. There will be another cake there for nephew who is 15. At least everyone will be able to eat a "good" cake. DD doesn't like cake anyway. All this work and I'm sure she won't eat it anyway!!!!
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Kara mom to 4, wife to 1
Elise 5- (eczema, NKA)
Mary 3- (egg, peanut, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, organge, avoiding: tree nuts, shellfish, most dairy, eczema)
Franklin 21 mos- (eczema, NKA)
Cecelia 4 mos-(NKA)

Posted on: Thu, 03/15/2007 - 10:48pm
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Hi!
I will say that before I started all of this allergy baking - I stopped using any Pillsbury baking supplies. I was never happy with their products - taste or otherwise.
Sometime in the future, when you are not pressured, do try the recipe above for a yellow cake using Betty Crocker - you may be pleasantly surprised!
Enjoy the birthday party!
PS - if you ever need a pink "cake" again and your little one does not care about cake, try ice cream. I have gotten good at taking "safe" ice cream, letting it soften, reshaping in a pan, freezing, removing, freezing, cutting if necessary, freezing and decorating. I periodically return it to the freezer during decorating and it really comes out great! My kids like them.

Posted on: Fri, 03/16/2007 - 4:11am
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oo- That's a great idea. I will have to try that next time!! My DH was up until midnight decorating the pink cake like a bear. He did great- it is a really good looking bear actually. Of course DD loves it!
When I am not so pressured I think I will try the recipe again. But I will not double the recipe and I will use the yellow cake mix. I've never really had too much of a problem with pillsbury. Of course I don't use cake mixes all that much either. The one I use usually is the funfetti just because DD #1 loves it.
Oh well. We have a bear and that's all that counts for tonight! (I'm sure the nephews and neice will eat it!!)
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Kara mom to 4, wife to 1
Elise 5- (eczema, NKA)
Mary 3- (egg, peanut, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, organge, avoiding: tree nuts, shellfish, most dairy, eczema)
Franklin 21 mos- (eczema, NKA)
Cecelia 4 mos-(NKA)

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