Worlds Best Cake

I have four weeks to go before the current state of “all you can eat” fades to moderation once again. Until then, I’m staying the course. That means, this cake, the World’s Best Cake from Sweet Paul Eat and Make: Charming Recipes and Kitchen Crafts You Will Love book is all mine to eat until every last crumb is licked off the plate.

This cake truly lives up to its name: World's Best Cake

Trust me when I tell you the cake lives up to its name. I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant at first, it seemed so simple in design that I thought there was no way it could displace some of my favorite go-to cakes with rich buttercream frostings and custard fillings.

Wrong. This one is now in my top 5 go-to cakes for all occasions. Reasons? One of the best yellow cake recipes—hands down.  Meringue for frosting? Yeah, crispy exterior with a soft marshmallow like inside almost makes you want to scrape that and eat it alone, but don’t be foolish–the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And finally the whipped cream layer is the final balance that quietly brings it all together.

This cake truly lives up to its name: World's Best Cake

Now beyond this recipe, let’s review the book, shall we:

By the numbers:

  • Over 65+ plus recipes and 35 craft projects
  • Approximate book cost: $22.

What I liked and you might too:

  • The book is full of easy elegant recipes that aren’t fussy in procedure, nor will they require ingredient after ingredient. Nope it’s simplicity that delivers in every delicious way. As for the crafts—same philosophy applies—the crafts are created from everyday objects and spun into Pin worthy crafts that are useful and beautiful. In between all that are stories from his past and present day life that will draw you in and make you want to brunch with him and his friends.
  • And oh, the pictures, they are stunning along with the whole design of the book. Once you get pass the recipes and crafts, you can’t help but get caught up in the fine design of every page.

The next two recipes and craft project in the queue for making:

  • Breakfast Polenta Hazelnuts, Honey and Pears – This is one of those recipes that can go either way—a great meal for a lazy Sunday Brunch or for more formal holiday breakfast.
  • Smoked Salmon Hash with Scallions, Dill & Eggs – This is the kind of meal you can easily throw together for a crowd or for one. For me, I’m going to make it, then pair it with The Merry Mary cocktail and enjoy it in bed with the Sunday paper.
  • As for the crafts, first up: the natural dipped-dyed tablecloth.


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this recipe

"World's Best Cake"

Yield: Serves 6-8


  • 10½ tablespoons (1 stick plus 21⁄2 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 12⁄ 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 11⁄ 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1⁄ 3 cup whole milk
  • 1⁄4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1⁄2 vanilla bean


Preparation: Heat the oven to 350°F, with a rack in the middle position.

  1. Line two 6 inch removeable-bottom cake pans with parchment paper. Beat the butter and 2⁄ 3 cup of the sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the flour and baking powder and mix well on low speed. Mix in the egg yolks and milk. Evenly divide the batter between the pans.
  2. In a large clean bowl, beat the egg whites and the remaining 1 cup sugar to soft peaks. Evenly divide meringue and spread on each cake layer. Sprinkle with the almond slices. Bake for 30 minutes, or until the meringue is golden brown and puffed. Cool on a wire rack in the pan.  When the cake is cool, put the cream in a medium bowl and scrape in the vanilla seeds. Discard the vanilla pod. Beat to soft peaks with an electric mixer, about 3 minutes. Spread the cream on top one cake layer and then place the second cake layer on top. Let the cake sit for 1 hour in the fridge before serving.


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  1. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonBenjamin says

    just found this review after making the cake. I used a 9 x 13 pan and had a problem with a raw center after 30 min of baking, sorry i did not test the cake because of the meringue. next time i will try to test for doneness even with the meringue. Tried the finished cake that was cooked and it is fabulous . do you think cooking it another 15 minutes will do the trick?

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      Krishna replied: — March 30th, 2015 @ 4:32 pm

      I too had a problem with the raw center. Any suggestions on how to fix this?

  2. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonLaurie says

    Sounds alot like a German dessert my Mom made she called Blitz torte. The yellow cake layer in that one was very dense, and the filling was custard not whipped cream, the topping was the same-meringue and almonds-the combination was soooo good.

  3. Avatar for Naomi RobinsonBarbara says

    Can I double this and make it in two 9″ pans? It doesn’t say how many this serves, but a 6″ cake won’t be enough for my needs.

  4. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonrachel says

    Hello…I am a mother of five so that means at least seven cakes I bake a year. I was so excited when I made this recipe and I couldn’t wait for everyone to taste it. It was my two year old’s birthday yesterday. The cake came out looking so beautiful and I followed the recipe exactly, vanilla bean and all. We all took our first bite and my five year old said “this cake doesn’t taste like anything!” Translated that means that it had no flavor. Yes we just had a very flavorful Jamaican dinner….but we finished it tonight with the same results. It reminded me of the story of the Emporers new clothes. Everyone applauded it except a little boy who could see that he had no clothes on! Well my son was the little boy in this case (or should I say cake) and I am sorry to say but the cake tastes like your eating air. It has no flavor. I guess the joke is on me and everyone else who is eating 1000 calories worth of air. Love and laughs to all!

  5. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonrachel says

    Okay I am back again….if I could offer any suggestions to someone who has already made this cake and had high expectations and is about to serve it to their guests and realize by reading my last post that the cake “doesn’t taste like anything”. If I were you I would whip up some warm chocolate sauce and top the cake with vanilla ice cream and warm chocolate sauce. On second thought….just serve your guests the ice cream with the chocolate sauce.Okay…I am making myself laugh now…I better stop!

  6. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonsherri says

    ok…am I missing something? Naomi – where’s the lemon in this recipe? Gosh, this creation looks devine. I would love to try it…

  7. Avatar for Naomi Robinsonsherri says

    opps…my mistake – for some weird reason I thought this was suppose to have lemon in it???? No need to answer my previous post! Must be seeing things…still want to try this amazing recipe:)