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Best High-Altitude Birthday Cake

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This is the best birthday cake recipe that's been perfected for baking at a high altitude of 6,000 feet. It is a dense and moist cake. Frost as desired."
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50 m servings 378
Original recipe yields 12 servings (2 9-inch cake layers)


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  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Grease and flour the bottoms and sides of the pans, making sure to remove excess flour.
  2. Cream sugar and butter in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, until well incorporated.
  3. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.
  4. Mix milk, vanilla, and almond extract together in a third bowl.
  5. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk mixture to butter mixture; blend well. Evenly distribute batter between the 2 prepared cake pans.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
  7. Remove cakes from the oven; let sit for 5 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks before removing cakes from the pans.


  • Cook's Note:
  • It is imperative that you do not open the oven at any time to check on the cake while it is baking.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 378 calories; 13.3 57.9 7.2 99 225 Full nutrition

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This is truly a dense and moist cake. I made a half portion using 3 eggs. At 7000 ft, it truly was a great birthday cake. Thank you for recipe.