Just a short interruption from your New Year’s family celebrations to share with you a homemade vanilla cake. There are indeed some wishes we aspire to and strive to make come true as the new year begins. Aren’t there?
A white cake with some wild flowers was mine. Simple and delicious, from Nigella Lawson. I can’t say enough as to how wonderful this vanilla cake turned out and the little ovation I got when it arrived at our table.
This makes for a perfect birthday cake, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you, thinking that you will soon be start planning celebrations with your loved ones for their upcoming birthdays in 2016! Will be back soon with a delicious recipe for Churros with Chocolate to continue kicking off the New Year!
- 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup milk
- 2 ½ cups flour
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups superfine sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- For the Frosting
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ⅔ cup milk
- ⅔ cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 (2 lb.) bag powdered sugar, (7½ cups)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Line two 9-inch (23-cm) round cake pans or one 9x13-inch (23 x 33 cm) rectangular baking pan with parchment paper. Grease the paper and the sides of the pan well. In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs together until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Add flour, milk, oil, baking powder, and vanilla and beat for another minute, just until the batter is smooth and creamy. Don't overbeat. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan(s). Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick poked into the center of the layer comes out clean. (A single rectangular pan will take longer to bake than two round ones.) Loosen the sides of the cake from the pan with a thin knife, then turn out onto a rack and peel off the paper. Let cool completely before covering with frosting, if desired.
- For the frosting:
- Dissolve salt in milk. Place shortening, vanilla and milk mixture in medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer or flat beater of a stand up mixer while gradually adding powdered sugar on low speed. Once all the powdered sugar is incorporated, stop and scrape bowl with spatula.
- Increase mixer speed; beat until smooth and fluffy, 1 minute or less. If needed, add powdered sugar by the tablespoonful to thicken; or add milk to thin frosting, to achieve desired spreading consistency. Makes 4 cups.
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