Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Vanilla cake

I am always excited to bake cakes but many times it turns into a failure. So, I have started baking cupcakes first. Bingo! Perfect results come out every time. So, now I am more confident to make cakes.

My dearest friend wanted me to bake a cake for her daughter, Nyla's 1st birthday. The theme was Minnie Mouse. I have never made it before so I was a bit nervous but I took on the challenge. She had a Minnie Mouse cake pan, so I borrowed it from her. Now the fun part begins.

This cake was so moist, soft and the amount of sweetness is just right. I don't like to add more sugar because we cover it with frosting afterwards. My family loved it as well as my friend. She was excited to learn how to do butter cream icing, so I invited her to come over at my place and I taught her how to do icing with different types of icing tips. She was very happy. But I was more than happy because it was her daughter's first birthday cake and I wanted to make her little doll happy. 

I hope you like this recipe . Please give me feedback so I can improve!

Serves: Make 2 9" round cakes
                Make 1 9" x 13" pan cake

1 3/4 cups  sugar 
4 eggs at room temp.
2 1/2 cups  all-purpose flour 
1 cup  milk 
3/4 cup  vegetable oil 
2 1/4 teaspoons  baking powder 
1 teaspoon  vanilla 

1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 tablespoon unsalted butter at room temp.
Flour for dusting
2 - 9" round cake pan OR 1- 9" x 13" rectangular pan

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F . 
  2. Line two 9-inch round cake pans or one 9x13-inch rectangular baking pan with parchment paper. Grease the paper and dust with flour.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat  eggs until slightly fluffy, for about 1/2 minute. Add sugar and butter . Beat for another 1/2 minute. Don't overbeat the mixture. Overbeating won't makes cake moist and soft.
  4. In another mixing bowl add flour, baking powder and sieve together.
  5. Add 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup oil and vanilla into egg and sugar mixture and beat for 1/2 minute. Add 1/2 cup of flour and beat until the batter is smooth and creamy. Don't overbeat. 
  6. Repeat the procedure until all ingredients mixed.
  7. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan(s).
  8. Tap the pan on flat surface to avoid bubbling in batter and to spread it evenly.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the tops are golden and poke a toothpick into the center of the layer to check if it comes out clean.
  10. 9' x 13" rectangular pan will take longer to bake than two round ones.
  11. Let it cool completely.
  12. Carefully take out the cakes from pan and cover with your choice of frosting.