Yellow Layer Cake
Why This Recipe Works
Traditional yellow layer cake should melt in the mouth and taste of butter and eggs. But many layer cake recipes that we tried came out crumbly, sugary, and hard. As for the flavor, they tasted merely sweet. We made a few refinements to the usual yellow layer cake recipe. For starters, we took down the sugar slightly, which allowed more buttery flavor to come through. Melted butter blended more easily into the dry ingredients, and the addition of vegetable oil ensured a moist cake. Whipped egg whites gave the cake a light and airy texture, but left them sturdy enough to stand up to a heavy slathering of frosting.