Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Classic Vanilla Butter Cake

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This lovely cake is a classic but a not-to-be missed dessert with fluffy buttercream frosting to top it all!

Classic Vanilla Butter Cake // This lovely cake is a classic but a not-to-be missed dessert with fluffy buttercream frosting to top it all! #recipe #cake #vanilla #frosting #dessert

Last June, I was tasked with making the cake for my sister-in-law's wedding. I wanted to practice rosettes and decorating before hand...because even though it was a rustic theme and it didn't need to be completely smooth and perfect, I wanted it to be pretty. My kitchen was warm and the frosting was melting by the time I got to my rosettes, but I still was very happy with how it turned out. I added little stars around the top of the cake and in between any gaps and even though it was kind of cheating, I think it looked gorgeous in the end.

Classic Vanilla Butter Cake // This lovely cake is a classic but a not-to-be missed dessert with fluffy buttercream frosting to top it all! #recipe #cake #vanilla #frosting #dessert

The cake itself was wonderfully flavorful, such a classic taste to it. The sugary buttercream was by far the best part and that is coming from someone who really doesn't care for a ton of frosting on my cake or cupcakes.

Classic Vanilla Butter Cake // This lovely cake is a classic but a not-to-be missed dessert with fluffy buttercream frosting to top it all! #recipe #cake #vanilla #frosting #dessert

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What you need:
For the vanilla butter cake:
  • 4 large eggs, separated and brought to room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 
  • 2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
For the sugary buttercream frosting:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • A pinch of salt
Directions:
  1. For the cake: line bottom of three 8-inch cake pans with parchment paper then grease and flour.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a stand mixer, beat butter for about 1 to 2 minutes. Then add 1 1/2 cups sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beat after each addition. 
  5. Scrape sides of mixing bowl and add vanilla and beat.
  6. On low speed, alternate adding flour mixture and milk in 3 additions, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
  7. In a clean bowl, beat egg whites with whisk attachment until foamy. 
  8. Add cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks form.
  9. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.
  10. Gently fold a small portion of the whites into batter with a rubber spatula. Then fold in the remaining whites just until combined.
  11. Divide batter between 3 pans and even batter out.
  12. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  13. Let cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Then remove cakes from pans to the wire rack to finish cooling.
  14. To make frosting the cake easier, wrap cooled layers in plastic cling wrap and place in the freezer for an hour.
  15. For the frosting: beat together butter and powdered sugar with a paddle attachement, about 2 minutes.
  16. Add vanilla, water, heavy cream, and salt. Beat on medium-high speed until smooth and very fluffy, about 4 minutes.
  17. If frosting is too thick, add 1 tsp. water and beat for 30 more seconds.
  18. To assemble: place one layer on a serving platter. Trim with serrated knife to make the top level. Top with frosting and smooth out. Add second layer and trim until level. Top with frosting and add last layer on top. Frost sides and top.
Recipe from Sweetapolita

Classic Vanilla Butter Cake // This lovely cake is a classic but a not-to-be missed dessert with fluffy buttercream frosting to top it all! #recipe #cake #vanilla #frosting #dessert

Another classic flavor but this one is originally a cookie, this Snickerdoodle Cake is another lovely layer cake I have posted recently. If you prefer chocolate to vanilla, The Best Chocolate Layer Cake from The Gunny Sack is definitely for you.


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