This month is the most special month for me. Shweets birthday celebrations are finally over. We had totally 3 parties for her and she was super happy looking at what all we did for her. I had ordered cakes for 2 parties from our favorite bakery here and I decided make her a special pink cake for the 3rd party. She always prefer chocolate cakes. But as both the cakes ordered for the parties were chocolate cakes I wanted to make something different and went ahead with the simple but special Vanilla Cake. This moist and buttery cake is easy to make and best suited for celebrations. I was little concerned about whether she would approve the cake as kids always expect chocolate cakes for their. To my surprise she relished the cake so much. The end result was very satisfying. It was not too sweet and was very moist. Everyone at home enjoyed the cake to the fullest!!
Though cake decorating is one of my interests I never tried to do it. Last year I had bought all things needed to decorate a cake even a caddy, but never had the time to do it. So today when I got back from work quickly decided to make something special for my princess and went ahead with the decorations. Though it was not a perfect one I was very satisfied with the first time results. The pictures were also taken in a hurry just before cutting the cake and did not want to waste time taking pictures when I had planned so many things with my Shweets. I would say this one of the easy cakes you can try and impress your little princess on her special day !!
Preparation Time : 25 minutes
Baking Time : 27 - 35 minutes
Serves: 10 - 12
Recipe from here
Ingredients for Cake
All purpose Flour - 3 cups
Granulated White Sugar - 1 3/4 cup
Baking Powder - 1 tbsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Butter - 1 cup (2 sticks)
Milk - 1 cup
Vanilla Extract - 2 tsp
Eggs - 4 no
Ingredients for Vanilla Frosting
Butter - 1 cup
Sifted Confectioners Sugar - 4 cups
Vanilla Extract - 1 tsp
Milk - 2 - 4 tbsp
Food Color - 1 drop
- Preheat the oven at 350 F and place the rack in the center of the oven.
- Butter or spray 2 (9 X 2) inch round pans and line the bottom with parchment paper.
- Place the butter in room temperature and cut into small pieces.
- Sift the confectioners sugar for 2 or 3 times and keep aside.
- Place the eggs and milk outside the refrigerator at room temperature.
- In large bowl sift the flour, baking powder and salt.
- In bowl of the stand mixer add the softened butter and beat until soft and creamy.
- Gradually add the sugar and beat until fluffy say around 3 - 5 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time and beat until mixed well and scrape down the sides when needed.
- Next add the the vanilla extract and beat well.
- Slowly add the flour mixture and milk and alternatively starting and finishing with the flour. Beat until everything is incorporated.
- Transfer the batter equally into the prepared pans, use a spatula smooth out the top, tap 2 -3 times on the counter top to remove bubbles.
- Bake for about 27 - 35 minutes minutes or until took pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Place the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Remove the cakes from the pan and cool it completely before frosting.
- To the bowl of stand mixer add the butter and beat until creamy.
- Next add the vanilla extract and beat well.
- With the mixer speed on low gradually add the sifted confectioner's sugar.
- Add color if using.
- Next add 2 tbsp of milk and turn to high speed and beat well for 3 - 5 minutes until it is smooth and reaches spreading consistency.
- After the cake is cooled completely, place first layer of the cake flattest side facing upwards onto to the serving platter or a cake stand.
- Place about 3/4 cup of the frosting on top the layer and spread the frosting on top of the cake.
- Place the second layer of the cake, flattest side facing upwards and cover the top sides of both the layers.
- Reserve some frosting and pipe some designs to make it more special.
- Decorate with decorations of your choice.
- If you do not have a stand mixer you can use a electric mixer but it will take slightly more time to reach the consistencies.
- I used a Christmas red color to get this pink frosting. Just insert a tooth pick inside the frosting color and immerse inside the stand mixer bowl.
- Do not directly scoop the flour using the measuring cup. Too much flour would make the cake denser.
- Increase the sugar to 2 cups if you prefer very sweet cake.