I'm so confused by this cake. I'm not an inexperienced baker, I read a ton of reviews so I knew what "tricks" to do to make it better and I still don't understand what happened. I used half butter, half shortening. I beat the heck out of it. I added one egg at a time and beat it after each egg. I alternated the flour and milk beginning and ending with flour. The batter was beautiful, creamy and whipped perfectly. I thought any negative reviews were of those that just didn't know how to make a cake from scratch. I baked it, it crowned although people said it wouldn't. But THEN, it cooled. It fell flat (which is fine, easier for decorating), but it tasted like cornbread! I couldn't understand why people were saying that. It wasn't the consistency of corn bread, but the flavor was that. After multiple times tasting it, I came to the conclusion that I think it's the shortening that gives it that flavor. If you can get past that then you taste the vanilla and it tastes pretty good. It also didn't have a very buttery taste, which I wanted so I think to solve this problem next time I'l try all butter and hopefully get rid of the cornbread flavor. I think it's at least worth the try, but if it doesn't work better next time I won't be making it again. Good luck!
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I'm so confused by this cake. I'm not an inexperienced baker, I read a ton of reviews so I...