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White vs. Yellow

I'm trying to find the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe this weekend, with the intention of filling it with mango curd and topping it with raspberry flavored buttercream roses (my first try, so who knows). But I'm stuck thinking about the sort of vanilla cupcake I want to make.

On one hand, I had envisioned making a WHITE CAKE for my 'perfect vanilla cupcake,' and I think mango curd would taste better in white cake. Something like this. I've prowled around determining what makes a white cake moist and dense and I think it's the use of cake flour and buttermilk. I could be making this up entirely -- feel free to chime in with your opinions.

On the other hand, white cakes are typically not as stellar as yellow cakes. They use egg whites instead of the whole egg, which can make them drier or less tender. And Smitten Kitchen has this "perfect yellow cake" recipe.

I'm not sure whether to go with the white cake, go with the yellow cake, or make the yellow cake substituting 2 egg whites for every egg, turning it into a white cake (risky?). I've also thought of just straddling the fence and replacing 2 of the 4 eggs in the SK recipe with whites, making it whiter. Ha. Anyone have an opinion?


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Jul. 31st, 2009 01:39 am (UTC)
If you're going to be filling them, it will add a lot of moist feeling to the cake so it doesn't matter if it dries out a little. I say go for the white cake.
Jul. 31st, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Good point!
Jul. 31st, 2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried this, but Cook's Illustrated usually has very good recipes. Here's their one for white cake. For a really snow-white color, I'd recommend using the clear vanilla extract you can get some places. And of course, you could use all vanilla instead of the almond and vanilla that they use.
Jul. 31st, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
It's funny you should say so, because I'd FINALLY decided to use CI's version after lots of searching and finally finding this:

Great recommendation!
Jul. 31st, 2009 02:09 pm (UTC)
When I'm looking for a recipe for a particular food, I usually go to Alton Brown and CI first. :)
Jul. 31st, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'm biased because wite cake is my favorite. To be honest, I've had far more dry yellow cakes than white.
Jul. 31st, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
this reassures me! I think I'm goin' for it.
Jul. 31st, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Same here! :)
Jul. 31st, 2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
I used this recipe yesterday to make white cupcakes. They are absolutely delicious. It's the Magnolia Bakery cupcake recipe.
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