NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Chef Duff Goldman poses backstage at the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Culinary Demonstrations at The IKEA Kitchen presented by Capital One at Pier 94 on October 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
Duff Goldman Confessed That A Box Cake Inspired His Own Yellow Cake Recipe
By Margaret McCormick
Duff Goldman, baker and sculptor at the helm of Baltimore's Charm City Cakes and star of Food Network's "Ace of Cakes," has built his reputation on outrageous cakes. Like all of his shop's cakes, Charm City's Yellow Cake is an original recipe, but Goldman has shared that a supermarket staple inspired it.
Goldman's recipe for yellow cake follows the Betty Crocker Super Moist Yellow Cake Mix, which he calls "My absolute favorite cake in the world to eat." The scratch-made yellow cake Goldman developed for use at Charm City Cakes pays tribute to the Betty Crocker yellow cake, and it sets the standard for the taste and texture he's after in homemade cakes (per Insider).
What's essential for getting scratch-made cakes to mimic the texture and taste of the classic Betty Crocker box cake is an extra step: sifting the flour. When you sift the flour, the result is cakes that are "lighter and spongier and softer," Goldman said, adding, "So, even if you're not using my recipe, sift the flour."