It's simple, tasty, and produces a firm -- but moist -- cake that can hold up to the rigors of icing.
People like it, so I use it again and again and again and again. Now you can, too.
Basic (Unintentionally) Vegan White Cake
makes 2 8-inch rounds
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups filtered water
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar or other granulated sweetener
2 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (or lemon or orange extract)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift dry ingredients together with sifter in mixing bowl (except sugar, include sugar with wet-mix). Whisk wet ingredients together in separate mixing bowl.
2. Combine the two mixes, whisking until just mixed (do not overmix). Scrape sides of bowl to incorporate.
3. Spray 2 round cake pans with pan-spray and shake 2 teaspoons flour in each pan to coat. Pour batter into pans and bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes. Cake middle should feel like firm matress when done. Let cool, then pop out of pans and decorate.
See previous posts by author for icing recipes and decorating tips.
WORDS TO WISE:
- Baking soda should be so fresh ya have to slap it, otherwise it inhibits rising.
- Overmixing batter is good for bread dough, not so much for cake crumb. Leave it alone!
- Clear vegetable oil good, toasted sesame oil, olive oil, etc. not so good (for cakes).
- Leave cakes and oven alone while baking, otherwise temperature can be thrown off and the cake might "drop".
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