Monday, February 27, 2012

:: Party Details - "best cake ever" recipe

So, here it is, ladies and gents.
The BEST cake recipe out there!
And I'm not just saying that.

White Almond Sour Cream Cake
{can be found here on}

2 (18 ounce) boxes white cake mix (Betty Crocker or Pillsbury)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 ½ teaspoons salt
2 2⁄3; cups water
¼ cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons real vanilla
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 cups sour cream
8 large egg whites

  • Directions:

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      Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir together with a wire whisk.
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      Add the remaining ingredients and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
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      Pour into greased and floured cake pans, filling each pan a little over half full.
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      Lightly tap cake pans on counter to bring air bubbles to top.
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      Bake in preheated 325° F oven until cake tests done.
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      Baking time varies according to the size and depth of pans being used.
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      I used Wilton's Bake Even Strips on my cake pans to ensure a level-topped cake which required absolutely no trimming-- I highly recommend these, or good quality professional baking pans.
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      In 2" deep pans, this recipe makes:
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      One 14" round and one 6" round
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      or One 16" round
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      or One 12" round and one 10" round
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      or One 12 X 18" sheet cake
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      or One 12" round and one 8" round and one 6" round
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      or Two 9" squares.
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      or 5 dozen cupcakes.
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      Half the recipe makes:
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      Two 7" rounds
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      or Two 6" rounds and 6 cupcakes.
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      For chocolate cake: use chocolate mixes and substitute 6 whole eggs for the egg whites.
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      For liqueur flavors: substitute alcohol (such as champagne or Kahlua) for about 1 cup of the water in the recipe.
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      For berry flavors: use frozen berries, thaw reserving the juice. Substitute the berry juice for part of the water in the recipe, and stir the berries in at the end.
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      For lemon cake: substitute lemon juice for about 1 cup of the water in the recipe, use 6 whole eggs instead of the whites, stir in 1 Tblsp lemon zest, and use 1 tsp of a good lemon extract in place of the almond.
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      For white chocolate: melt 8oz white baking chocolate & cool slightly. use 6 whole eggs in the recipe instead of the whites, temper the chocolate by stirring in a small amount of the batter, then add the white chocolate to the entire batter and stir well. Doesn't bake up quite as high as the original, so add a pinch more batter to the pans.

      So, there you go! 
       The only thing I don't add in, is the almond extract {can't stand the stuff}, but it's still delicious without it!
      Thank you, Lesley of Kensington Blue.  
      I will be forever indebted to you!

      Oh, and the shabby apple giveaway ends tonight!
      Don't forget to enter! {there might be low entries}

      I'll be linking to these parties here.

    1. I am inviting you come and be part of my blog hop:

    2. Mmmmm, that looks yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

    3. Wow what an impressive looking cake! So beautiful! Love all the different shades of pink! Just lovely!

    4. This looks amazing! I would love for you to link up at my Link Party via:

      Mrs. Delightful

    5. That looks super yummy! Can you link it up to hoo's got talent tomoroow instead of Hoo are you over at night owl crafting please and thanks so much!

    6. That looks so pretty and very delicious too. You are so clever!

      Best wishes,
      Natasha In Oz

    7. That is absolutely delicious! Oh my just reading it makes me hungry. Gorgeous pictures as well.

      Love for you to share this at my Wednesday's "Made by ME" linky party here:

    8. This cake looks really delicious! :-)

    9. WOW! This cake is gorgeous!! Sounds amazing too!! Pinning this! :)

    10. Ohhh I love pink cakes!! it looks sooo good!! come link to my party if you'd like :) it runs from Tues-Frid :)

    11. Not only looks and sounds yummy but LOVE the variations in the layers! Beautiful!

    12. Delicious AND beautiful? What more could you ask for? I'm pinning it!


    13. it's such a PRETTY cake. i don't know if i could eat it. i definitely could not create it! you've got talent! i would love for you to add this to my new link party... spreading the love. please go check it out if you are interested!
      {love} lauryn @ love notes by lauryn

    14. Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday link party and would love for you to stop by and share this...

    15. Thank you for linking this up at Fantabulous Friday!! I love it! My daughter saw it and of course now wants one....because of the Pink! It's too pretty to eat!

    16. looks so delish that I am pinning this!

    17. I have pinned it! How did you get it pink?

      1. they have neon food colors! just check in your local grocery store and they should have them.

    18. Would LOVE it if you could share this on my link party Serenity Saturday

      Natasha xx

    19. Oh wow!! Bookmarking this.. I gotta give it a try to see if its the best cake ever! ;)

      Found you on TT & J! I would love for you to come by and link this and any other projects you have at my Create & Inspire Party! :)

      Hope to see you there.. ;)


      P.S New follower

    20. Found you on serenity you... this looks amazing - I might have to go and make some right now! (but then how to explain the dirty cake pans and decided lack of cake to DH?

    21. How did you get the different shades of pink? I'd like to try this. Thank you.

      1. I put equal amounts of the batter in 4 separate bowls and in the first bowl put 1 drop of food coloring, second - about 3 or 4 drops food coloring, third - about 7 drops, fourth - about 10-11 drops

    22. I have to laugh because the reason I thought it sounded good was because of the almond flavoring - and then you mentioned that you can't stand it! ha! I love the stuff!!

      1. That's funny! I love almonds separately . . . just not the flavoring in foods. :)

    23. Beautiful AND Delish? I've got to try this. I'd love you to link this up to my first linky party and share it with my readers!

    24. Sounds amazing but I am a little confused. What did u use for icing??

    25. WOW!!!

      Featuring this today on Serenity Saturday link party!!!

      Natasha xxx

    26. Amy, this is gorgeous and sounds so yummy. I'm pinning it! I'm a new follower. Found you at Serenity You.

    27. Hi, it looks and sounds delicious! I'll be using your recipe for my sister's baby shower but what did you use for the frosting/icing? I'll think I'll make cupcakes though.

    28. What kind of icing did you use? I'd love to try this.

    29. Ok, am I crazy? How do u do the pink layers??? Add more flour to the cake mix?? Icing??

      1. You're not crazy . . . many people have asked me that. :) I bought neon food coloring at the grocery store. 1st layer I did 1 drop, 2nd layer - 3 drops, 3rd layer - 6 drops, and so on. Good luck!

    30. Thanks for sharing this recipe! :-) It looks delicious , I will try this :-)

    31. Do you have to change the recipe since the cake mix has less than 18oz now? I think it's 15.25oz.

    32. I just featured this darling party idea in a series on my blog called "My Favorite 5 Pins". So creative!!

    33. I know a lot of recipes for white chocolate cake that add a thing of white chocolate pudding mix do you thing this would work well here? The new boxes of bedding crocker are also only 15.25oz should I add anything to make up for that?

    34. Could I get your frosting recipe?

    35. Does this recipe make enough batter for 3 or 4 9" round cake pans? If not, how much he does it make? Should I double it?

    36. You'll definitely have enough. No need to double it. :)

    37. You'll definitely have enough. No need to double it. :)

    38. What brand of food coloring did you use to make your layers such a pretty pink.Also I didn't say a recipe for your frosting . The recipe for the layers looks awesome cannot wait to try it..

    39. Does this also work with yellow cake? What changes would I need to make, if not...