Vanilla cake has been my hardest thing to make. I think I have been searching for that perfect Vanilla cake for over a year now. Every time I make one, I try a new recipe. And...drum roll please...I've finally found my final vanilla cake:) Yeah me.
I really did love the vanilla cake recipe in Buddy's book... but, realistically, it was a lot of extra work and the cost to make it wouldn't have proven cost efficient for selling. He adds vanilla pastry cream to the batter...which makes is super moist... but it's an extra day, and extra thing to make, and extra $$. I did make it for the strawberry/whipped cream cake I sold a few weeks back:
I used that cake for my HUGE 1/2 sheet fondant covered (filled) cake and it worked out beautifully!! I was moist but at the same time, held it's shape for slicing, filling and decorating.
Now, about that really big cake... Wow... that was a lot of time and effort... and I probably only made about $2/hour making it... but, it was a learning experience. And learning experiences are completely priceless for me right now!!
I made the fondant characters ahead of time:
All in all, I think it came out great...for being so new to the fondant world. Yes, there was a crease...but, the ends (where the fondant ends) came out much better than the communion cake I did for my daughter.
Here is the final outcome: