What is the BEST vanilla cake?

My son wants a vanilla dumptruck cake for his birthday tomorrow. I've got the pan, and I've got a few recipes in mind, but if you have an exceptional one, please share. I want one that is redolent of vanilla, where it's the main star.



em-i-lis March 18, 2012
Oh yes, please do post the results. sdebrango is a good cook and creamtea suggested her yellow cake so... my fave choc cake recipe uses oil and it is just beyond light and wonderful. good luck!
ATG117 March 18, 2012
Always good to know it's not just me. I made the recipe from Baked a few weeks ago, and it also came out dry, though I also may have overcooked it due to the cooking time listed. I think I'll be making sdebrango's tender yellow next week--the oil called for seems promising to me. I will definitely post back with the results.
ATG117 March 16, 2012
I'm wondering how you like the smitten kitchen recipe. I made it once and found it came out dry/browned too quickly. I'm still on the hunt for a moist and perfect yellow/vanilla cake recipe.
em-i-lis March 18, 2012
While the batter was delicious, I was definitely underwhelmed by the finished product. It was a little dry and despite the amount of vanilla (and I steeped a vanilla bean in the buttermilk), the taste of vanilla was overwhelmed by the frosting. Let me know if you find a great recipe!!
em-i-lis March 16, 2012
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creamtea March 16, 2012
Without a doubt, sdebrango's Tender Yellow Cake:
em-i-lis March 16, 2012
That is lovely too! I went with smittenkitchen's recipe but thank you so much for your help!
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