How can I make my vanilla cake taste better?

How can I make my vanilla cake taste better?

A whole vanilla bean. “Scrape the seeds of one bean into your cake batter, frosting, or both,” suggests assistant food editor Claire Saffitz. The actual plant is much more floral and perfumey than the extract—and it actually tastes like vanilla. If you do want to use an extract, try almond extract.

How can I enhance my cake flavor?

How to Flavor Cakes

  1. Replace part of the liquid in the recipe with brewed coffee.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of flavored extract to the batter.
  3. Stir in spices with the cake, including ground cinnamon or nutmeg.
  4. Add a small box of dry pudding mix for additional flavor.
  5. Mix in flavored chips to complement the cake.

What can I add to my cake to make it fluffy?

Room Temperature Butter / Don’t Over-Cream Most cakes begin with creaming butter and sugar together. Butter is capable of holding air and the creaming process is when butter traps that air. While baking, that trapped air expands and produces a fluffy cake.

How do you make a Nigella vanilla cake?


  1. 250 grams unsalted butter.
  2. 250 grams golden caster sugar.
  3. ¼ gram salt.
  4. 1 vanilla pod (seeds only – or 1 tsp vanilla bean paste – I get mine from Ocado/Waitrose)
  5. 5 eggs.
  6. 85 grams plain flour.
  7. 100 grams Greek yoghurt (full-fat – I use Total)
  8. 250 grams self-raising flour.

What enhances vanilla flavor?

Sometimes I will add another brand of vanilla also because I do feel they taste different and it adds to the complexity of the flavor. You can make vanilla sugar by adding your scraped vanilla bean pods to your canister of sugar. The flavor of the vanilla will penetrate the sugar, and that will help flavor your cake.

What flavor does vanilla extract add?

In some recipes, pure vanilla extract adds the subtle and delicious flavour of vanilla that is easy to taste. It also enhances the flavour of other ingredients in more complex recipes. In a chocolate cake, for example, you don’t taste the vanilla but without it the cake would not be as flavourful.

Can you add vanilla extract to cake mix?

Add extracts: A little more vanilla is never a bad thing. Boost the flavor with an extra teaspoon or so of extract. Vanilla is always an excellent choice, but any extract can enhance a flavor.

Can you make a cake with sunflower oil?

In the baking industry, sunflower oil is favored for its mild flavor and low smoke point (232 oC/450 oF). It can be incorporated into cakes, breads, pizzas, cookies and muffins. It is also used in deep frying, salad dressings and margarines and shortenings.

Why add vanilla at the end of a recipe?

Vanilla is like alcohol, and it evaporates and cooks down when heated. When you heat something like custard for pie, you add the vanilla last because the vanilla will evaporate and the taste will not be as strong, or it could completely disappear if you add it too early.