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Ultimate Vanilla Cake

"Since I posted the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake recipe two years ago, I’m asked about converting the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake into the Ultimate Vanilla Cake at least twice a month. Readers always want to know how much cake the recipe makes and if anything needs to be changed about the recipe when converting it to the Ultimate Vanilla Cake. I don’t make cakes; I make cupcakes. After years of saying, “Sorry, I’m not really sure,” I decided to turn to a cake baking expert for some help."

Cupcake Project began in 2007 as Stefani Pollack's journey to master the cupcake (for the full back story, see her post about the nine month adventure preparing to bake cupcakes for her friends’ wedding). As the home to over 200 cupcake recipes, Cupcake Project has become an encyclopedia of what the cupcake can become. Stef’s cupcakes range from basic and brilliant (like the Ultimate Vanilla Cupcake) to downright bizarre (Cupcakewurst).


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Metric | US
  • Milk - 5¾ oz
  • Egg - 3⅝ oz
  • Sour Cream - 2⅝ oz
  • Vegetable Oil - 2 oz
  • Vanilla Extract - 1/2 oz
  • Granulated Sugar - 7⅞ oz
  • Vanilla Bean - 1
  • Cake Flour - 6⅛ oz
  • Baking Powder - 1/4 oz
  • Baking Soda - 1/8 oz
  • Salt - 1/8 oz
  • Unsalted Butter - 2 oz


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