Vanilla Cake


                 I was on a very short but thorough hunt to find a perfect Vanilla cake. But after 2 failed attempts, I was about to quit when I saw this recipe. I adapted this recipe from Bakerella. I did add a few things to the cake though. But, she is a genius! This cake was perfectly moist with a delicious flavor to match. She also came up with the Sugar Spray and that idea was the best idea to ever be introduced to the world of baking! It works amazingly and my cake came out soft and moist. I’m very proud of this cake and I will DEFINITELY bake this cake again! By the way, I used aluminum cake pans and they work wonders. For some reason, when I tried my first 2 attempts of making a cake, I used regular cake pans and the cakes came out bad and hard 😦 . But, this recipe is the best I’ve ever seen and I’m never letting it go! 

 1. Yesterday, it snowed! I love the snow with all of my heart and I just had to take pictures! Pounder loves the snow too, so I was able to take a quick snapshot of him covered in snowflakes. I also thought it would be oh-so-adorable to draw a heart on my driveway 🙂 .

 2. As my early Birthday gift, my mom is letting me take Ballet Classes! I’ve been wanting to do them for a while know and I had my first class on Wednesday. I absolutely love them!! I really want to level up and get on En Pointe, but that seems so far away! Anyways, I still can’t believe that my birthday is so close. February 4th is in almost a week! Haha the only thing that I don’t like is that my Birthday is so close to the Superbowl. At least its the day after, not before. I remember when I was 8 years old my Birthday was on the Superbowl. I’m not a very big fan of football, but I like watching the commercials. And I LOVE watching the annual Puppy Bowl! The puppies are sooooo adorable!  

3. My dad is coming all the way from Florida to celebrate the weekend of my Birthday with me. He’s a HUGE football fan and so I’m probably going to be watching the Superbowl on Sunday. So, I though of baking something cute that would fit the theme of the Superbowl. I was thinking of making Chocolate whoopie pies and make them look like footballs. So, you might be seeing a new recipe next week…..

Yield: One 3-layer Vanilla cake

3, 8 in. aluminum cake pans
1 cup of butter
4 eggs
1 cup of milk (I used 1% milk)
2 cups of granulated sugar
1-2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
3 cups of self-rising flour, sifted

Buttercream Frosting:
1 cup of butter
3-4 tablespoons of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of heavy cream
2 lb. 10x confectioners sugar

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream the butter untill it is fluffy.

3. Add in the sugar and cream until the mixture is creamy. (About 5 minutes)

4. Add in the eggs (one at a time) and continue to beat the mixture.

5. Add in the flour and milk. When doing this, first add in 1 1/2 cups of the flour and then pour in the milk. Finally, pour in the other 1 1/2 cups of flour.

6.  Add in the vanilla extract and keep mixing the batter until it is at a creamy consistency. This could take awhile, it took me 15-20 minutes to make sure that everything was mixed and there were no bumps in the cake batter. 

7. Butter and flour 3 , 8 in. aluminum cake pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper.

8. Evenly pour the batter into the three cake pans. Make sure that the batter is equally divided.

9. Hold the cake pans about 6 in. from the counter and drop the pans flat onto the counter. Do this a few times, so that any air bubbles may be released.

10. Bake the cakes for 25 minutes in the oven.  

11. Place the cake pans onto a cooling rack. Let them cool for about 7 minutes .
12. Take the cake out of the pans and quickly wrap each layer in plastic wrap. Cool the cakes completely on the cooling racks. 
A trick to add moisture into your cakes:
13. Combine 1 cup of sugar and 2 cups of water and bring it to a boil.

14. Let the mixture cool and pour it into a spray bottle.

15. Take a serrated knife and trim the tops of the cakes so that they are even.

16.Spray the top of each cake with the Sugar-Water mixture. Spray enough so that the moisture will be kept, but don’t over spray the cake.

Assembly of the cake:

17.  Frosting: using a stand mixer or hand mixer, add in all the ingredients into the bowl and mix until the frosting is at a creamy but not too thick consistency.

18. Place about 1 cup of frosting onto the first layer and spread the frosting over the top.

18. Place the second layer on top of the first layer. Then, place another 1 cup of frosting onto the top of the second layer and spread evenly.

19. Finally, place the third layer (and final layer) of the cake on top of the second layer. Trim the sides of the cake so that they are even.

20. Cover the cake with a thin coat of frosting. Then, place the cake in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.

21. Take the cake out and finish frosting the cake. Then, decorate the cake to however you want it to look like.

22. ENJOY the Cake!!!!!!!!!!

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2 thoughts on “Vanilla Cake

  1. Very good recipe!!! 🙂 just tried it out and the cake came out very moist and tasty… only thing i did diferent was use food coloring to color it pink for valentines day..thanks

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