What's wrong with my yellow cake?

I’ve tried 3 times to make a yellow cake and it never turns out right. These are the recipes I’ve tried:

  1. Gold Cake Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network
  2. Yellow Cake - From Karen’s Kitchen
  3. David’s Yellow Cake - All Recipes

The first cake was very dense. Almost like poundcake. As I was finishing it, the batter was quite thick. I could tell something wasn’t right.

The second cake wouldn’t get done in the middle. By the time I cooked it enough to be done in the middle, the edges were really dry.

The third cake was very eggy-tasting.

I follow recipes very carefully, have all my ingredients at room temperature, use the right kind of flour, and follow the mixing times as instructed. I’m not sure what I could be doing wrong. Those three recipes all come highly recommended.

I should note that I don’t have a problem baking chocolate-type cakes, pies, and any other desserts. It’s just yellow cakes that get the best of me.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.