Birthday Cake

Making a good, fluffy, homemade cake has been a challenge that I have failed at over and over again.  I have tried many and they always turn out flat or hard.  After making an awesome strawberry cake recently from a box, I set out determined to learn how to make a good basic cake.  It was a lot of work, but it turned out well.

Here is what you need: (I modified it from Martha Stewart’s cake 🙂 )

1/2 cup butter, softened

4 egg whites at room temperature

3/4 cup milk at room temperature

2 cups cake flour

1 cup sugar

1 TBS baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

20130819-082846.jpgOne of the steps I often skip when baking is bringing ingredients down to room temperature.  I rarely think about it ahead of time and when I am ready to cook, I just don’t have the time to wait.  But, since I have had so many failed attempts at cakes I decided to do it right this time.

 

20130819-082901.jpgPut your flour, salt, and baking powder in a bowl.

20130819-082914.jpgSift together.  (Yet another step I always skip…… )

20130819-082934.jpgIn a mixer, whisk together your eggs, butter, extracts and sugar until well combined.

Mix in your dry ingredients a little at a time until well blended.

20130819-083123.jpgPour into 2 9-inch, well-greased, cake pans.  Cook on 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

20130819-083135.jpgCool, ice and make your little birthday princess HAPPY!!!!

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