My prior basic cake recipe always lead to a very dry cake inspite of not over baking it and I was knowing something was missing in there. I was searching for a spongy cake recipe when I came across the recipe by Buddy Valastro and when I tried it I had amazing results....
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
4 whole eggs
1 cup milk
3/4 cup vegetable oil
21/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line two 9-inch round cake pans or one 9x13 inch rectangular baking pan with parchment paper. Grease the paper and the sides of the pan well.
In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and eggs together until slightly thickened. Add flour, milk, oil, baking powder, and vanilla and beat the mixture just until the batter is smooth and creamy. Don't overbeat. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick poked into the center of the layer comes out clean. Loosen the sides of the cake from the pan with a thin knife, then turn out on a dish or rack and peel off the paper. Let cool completely before covering with frosting, if desired.