Friday, June 12, 2020

Vanilla Cake

A simple layer cake with whipped cream and fruit. This cake was too sweet for my taste - would reduce sugar by another 1/4 cup from what I tried (which was already reduced 1/4 c from the original). Otherwise easy to put together with basic ingredients.

  • 1 c butter, softened
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 c milk, room temperature
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1.75 c flour
  • 1/4 c cornstarch
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 c sugar (tried 1.25...too much)
  • 3/4 t salt
  • Cream Topping: 2 c whipping cream, 2 T sugar, 1 t vanilla
  • fruit (strawberries, peaches, cherries, etc)
  1. Line bottom of 2 cake pans (8" or 9") with parchment paper and butter sides. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Mix the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, sugar and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs, milk and vanilla in a small bowl.
  4. Add the butter 1/3 at a time to the dry ingredients, beating after each addition until incorporated and at high speed for 10 seconds. It should look like wet sand.
  5. Add half the wet mixture, beating until incorporated. Add the remaining half and beat on medium speed until almost smooth.
  6. Divide between 2 cake pans, and smooth the surface. 
  7. Bake at 350 for 25-35 min until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Cool on rack for 15 minutes before flipping.
  9. Cream Topping: Beat cream, sugar and vanilla until firm peaks form. Do not overbeat.
  10. Decorate: Place one cake layer on plate. Spread with thin layer of cream. Top with sliced fruit. Spread 1/3 of the cream on top. Layer second cake on top. Spread with remaining cream and top with more fruit.

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