Simple vanilla cake recipe?
I recently bought a box of Vanilla Cake and Baking Mix at Trader Joe's. (They were giving out samples topped with strawberries, blueberries, and creme fraiche - very yummy!). The cake itself was very simple and not terribly sweet. You had to add butter, eggs, and milk (and I was paying for what???).
I would like to make this on my own, but searching for a recipe for something like this is overwhelming. It seemed like more a snack cake that you could serve without icing, rather than a full-on dessert type. Any good recipes out there? Thanks!
Here. No mix could be as good and nothing could be simpler.
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup milk
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
2-1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat the oven to 350o F (180o C).
In a large mixing bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the sugar and butter together until fluffy and creamy - 2 or 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla, and continue beating just until smooth and creamy.
In a separate bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder. Add to the egg mixture, alternately with the milk, in two or three additions. Beat just until smooth.
Pour batter into two greased and parchment-lined 9-inch round cake pans, or one 9 x 13-inch rectangular pan (ditto the on the grease and parchment).
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the tops are golden and a toothpick poked into the center of the layer comes out clean. A single rectangular cake will take slightly longer than two round layers.
Run a knife around the sides of the cake to loosen it from the pan, then turn the layers out onto a rack to cool completely before having your way with it.
Makes two 9-inch round layers, or one 9 x 13-inch rectangular cake.