Classic Yellow Cake w/Blood Orange & Whipped Vodka Buttercream Frosting

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I am collecting several go-to recipes of basic cake flavors. Hands down this is the best scratch yellow cake recipe on the planet. This is the third time I’ve made it and never fails. You’ve probably heard that from lots of bakers about their favorites. Ms. Sylvia’s cake is light and tender and judging by its color it could be mistaken for a vanilla cake. Please, please, please try this cake.

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Now about this new fangled frosting of mine. My doctor told me to start eating more bananas and oranges so I decided to use the juice from a blood orange in my frosting. I know she meant to eat them whole and I am, I promise. The juice from these oranges is just so pretty that I wanted to do something different. I also know whipped flavored vodka wasn’t part of her recommendation either. No worries, this cutie pie of a dessert will be shared. Also look for more infused frostings, fillings and creams from Sweet Sensations. I’ve been watching lots of On Demand Unique Sweets and I have lots of ideas. I baked the cake in 7” pans and used the rest of the batter to make cupcakes.

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Classic Yellow Cake adapted from Sylvia Weinstock
Blood Orange Buttercream Frosting w/Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
2 ¼ cups sifted cake flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 TBS cake enhancer (optional)
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large egg yolks
2 tsp vanilla paste
1 cup sour cream
4 large egg whites
Blood Orange Buttercream Frosting
Juice of 1 Blood Orange, approx ¼ cup
1/8 cup of sugar
2 shots of Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
½ cup of butter, softened
½ cup of shortening
3 TBS Blood Orange & Vodka Syrup
4 cups of powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and line two 8 baking pans with parchment.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, cake enhancer and salt. Set aside. Cream the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy and light in color, about 2 minutes on medium speed. Add the sugar and continue to mix until fluffy and light. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, being sure each is well incorporated before adding the next one. Add the vanilla paste. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients alternately with the sour cream, beginning and ending with the flour. Be sure the mixture is completely blended after each addition. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and beat for 1 minute. In a separate bowl, with clean beaters, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Gently fold the whipped egg whites into the batter with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and smooth with a rubber spatula. Bake in the preheated oven, 45 to 50 minutes. Test for doneness with a skewer or a toothpick. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes, then turn onto wire racks and cool completely. Frost and fill with whatever your heart desires.

Blood Orange Buttercream Frosting
Juice one blood orange and strain to remove the pulp. If a little is left it’s OK. Combine the juice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add vodka. Return pan back to stove and reduce heat to low and simmer for an additional five minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly. Let cool to room temperature.

Combine butter, shortening in a large bowl. Beat on high speed with an electric mixture until thoroughly combined. Reduce speed to low and add powdered sugar slowly and mix until very smooth. Add the beautiful and infused blood orange syrup 1 TBS at a time. Return to high speed and beat an additional 4-5 minutes until fluffy. The color will be a pale peach and there is a hint of the whipped vodka. Fill the layers and then frost the top and sides as desired. Garnish cake with a orange slice twist and cut a slice into quarters to garnish cupcakes. The cake and cupcakes were also sprinkled with shaved white chocolate.

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19 thoughts on “Classic Yellow Cake w/Blood Orange & Whipped Vodka Buttercream Frosting

  1. Oh Sandra, this is a beauty! What an amazing delicious combination of flavors. To me there’s nothing like a really good yellow cake. I wish more wedding cake makers knew your recipe, it seems I’m almost always disappointed. The blood oranges are gorgeous!!

    • Thank you Chris, and I too have been disappointed by many wedding/bakery cakes. Either the cake was too dry, or the frosting was horribly thick and greasy. I always strive to make the cake itself the star and the frosting an enhancement.

  2. You totally had me at “vodka.” I have absolutely no idea what else you wrote! :-)

    I would have interpreted the doctor’s orders in the same way! When he told me I needed to drink more liquids, I took up drinking! :-) :-) :-)

    Whipped cream flavored vodka doesn’t stick around long enough here for me to actually use it in cooking. Since you insist this is a cake that MUST be tasted, I’ll just swing by your house! I prefer decaf, please. ;-)

    • Decaf it is! Some flavored vodkas are just too syrupy sweet, but Pinnacle’s line is just right. I’ll make the cake and brew the coffee, you get to set the table. Deal?!

  3. Sandra – you’ve totally out done yourself! I will definitely try it out.

    By chance, do you have a recipe for a blood-orange vodka cocktail to round out the entire experience? hee hee – sounds good doesn’t it? (Sharon) Oh, probably Denise too

    Thanks for sharing this on your gallery at #simplybebetsy – everyone will love it!

    The best to you,
    Sharon and Denise

  4. OMG! This is a MUST one.

    I am into baking and cake decorating. So the fillings are so interesting for me. Might change to Bailey’s or Kahlua instead of vodka, LoL*

    TY for the great recipe…

    Greetings from Stockholm,
    /CC girl

  5. Wish we could send cake email I would be first on the list. Looooooks delicious!!! Husband on a strict diet so we don’t have sweet around so of course I have been craving them.

    Cathy’s Cupboard Calamity<;)

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