Easy Cake Recipe to Pop my Cherry With... [moved from Los Angeles board]
My best friend's husband's birthday is next week. I want to make him a cake. But I've never made anything but cheesecake, banana bread and cookies--all of which have never failed. What's an idiot proof cake recipe that will ease me into the world of cakemaking?
P.S. He's been clean and sober for a year...so I want to celebrate this, not push him over the edge
I like Ina Garten's Lemon Yogurt Cake. I've been doing a variation, creaming butter with the sugar instead of using oil at the end. That's because one day I wanted to make a yogurt cake, saw the recipe, and had no oil, but had butter on hand. It's like a pound cake. This is my version, sans the lemon (easy enough to put in) For flavorings like vanilla, almond, lemon, etc, put that in after the eggs, with the yogurt.
1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
Cream together, add, one at a time:
4 regular eggs (she uses 3 large, I think)
1 c. yogurt
Sift together and stir in:
1 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
Very easy, and quite adaptable.
Awesome: a string of birthdays coming up--mom's just round the corner in August--so these will do quite well. I ended up popping my cupcake cherry with martha stewart's red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting recipe. They were a hit and I'm excited to get over my intimidation of baking!