Friday, May 8, 2009

Vanilla Butter Cake



This was the first cake that my mom made years back when she learnt baking. As kids my brother and I were awed seeing numerous steps for preparation of batter, the weighing and measurement of ingredients, the mixing of batter and the final baking process in the oven. During the initial period she didn't have a cake mixer and the mixing of cake seemed like a daunting task and sometimes too tired after the daily preparation of meals she used to delegate the task to my father and me! Then it was playtime for us in taking turns to mix the batter, where the fun part of the whole series of events was getting the mixing bowl after the batter was transferred to the baking pan! A fight ensues with my brother as to who gets the biggest share of the left over batter in the bowl.

This cake was also my first step into the world of baking. With cake mixer having made life easier this cake is very easy to prepare. Soft and moist this can be had as such without any frosting.


It was the annual 'Wash n Wax' event at the Black Hawk Flying club this week and my husband wanted to contribute a dessert to the food part of the event but wanted something which was simple but well suited for the occasion and one that involved less hassles. This made me put on my thinking cap but didn't take me long to come out with the solution-Vanilla Butter cake with simple whipped cream frosting.

This cake tastes best when not refrigerated and hence always remember to do the frosting part just before the serving time so that you needn't refrigerate the cake.

Ingredients:
For cake:
Cake flour- 2 cups
Granulated sugar- 2 cups(Refer note below)
Butter - 1 cup(2 sticks)
Eggs - 4 separated
Milk- 1/2 cup
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Baking soda- 1/4 tsp
Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
For frosting:
2 cups heavy cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar
Vanilla extract - 1.5 tsp
Water- 3/4 cup
Granulated sugar- 3/4 cup
For decoration:
Maraschino cherries- 6 oz

Note: Since the sugar used here in US is comparatively less sweet for the same amount in India I have doubled the amount of sugar in the recipe.

Method:

For cake:
  • Preheat oven to 300 F(150 C).
  • Grease two 9" round baking pans.
  • Sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda four times. Keep aside.
  • Beat egg whites at high speed until it forms stiff peaks. This may take about 4-5 minutes. Always keep in mind that the vessel for placing the whites and the mixer for beating must be completely dry. Traces of moisture would prevent the whites from expanding to its full volume. Keep aside.
  • Cream butter with sugar well until it turns smooth.
  • Add egg yolks one by one beating well after each addition until well blended.
  • Add the dry ingredients along with milk and vanilla extract. Mix well until properly blended.
  • Add the egg whites and mix well.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for about 55 minutes-1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Note that the baking time depends on the type of oven and the pans used.
  • Unmould the cakes after they have cooled completely.

For frosting:
  • Dissolve granulated sugar in water over low-medium heat until it has dissolved completely. Keep aside.
  • With a mixer at high speed beat cream with powdered sugar and vanilla extract until it forms peaks.

Assembling the cake:
  • Keep the first cake layer on a cake stand and moisten it with sugar solution.
  • Apply a portion of the frosting and top it with the other cake layer.
  • Moisten the top of this cake layer too with sugar solution.
  • Frost the top and sides of the cake with the remaining frosting.
  • Decorate with cherries.
  • Serve immediately. Refrigerating this cake would make it hard.
  • Enjoy and have a great weekend :)
This goes to Mithai Mela event hosted by Srivalli of Cooking 4 all Seasons.


Pooja.

Other desserts:

Caramel PuddingBlack Forest CakeChocolate CakeRich Chocolate CakeKheerCustardPalpayasamBrowniesHoney Mango PuddingRava Laddoo

38 comments:

Pooja said...

yummy cake pooja..Looking delicious..Nice decor..

Pooja said...

Thanks Pooja :) That was quick!

Padma said...

Lovely cake and very well presented :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Padma :)

doggybloggy said...

vanilla and butter = sold!

Pooja said...

Thanks DB :)

Vrinda said...

Just like u and mom i also started with this siimple basic vanilla cake..Looks yummy..kanditte ippo undakkan thonnunu,but i am sick,got fever and cold..baking enikkoru weakness aanee........

Prathibha said...

Lovely cake..simple n delicious..Even i have started baking with this simple cake only lol..

Pooja said...

Thanks Vrinda, you are right! This is a simple basic cake :) Oh I really hope you get well soon..Take care.
I know your passion for baking..you make lovely cakes! And I admire it too..kidilam :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Prathibha..guess this would be the first one for anyone :)

Priyameena said...

Simple cake but beautifully decorated..Awesome!!

Parita said...

oh the cake looks so delicious..lovely sweet and simple cake :)

Pavithra said...

WOw thats looking great and perfect icing

Pooja said...

Thanks Priya, Parita and Pavithra for your lovely words :)

VineelaSiva said...

Poojaaaaaaaaaaa Wow the cake looks very yummy.I love ur baking recipes.Wr we get this cherries.I love black forest cake.I want to prepare.Please tell me.

Pooja said...

Thanks a lot Vineela :) These are bottled cherries usually found in the baking aisles of stores. I bought from Hilander, a store near our place but I guess you get it everywhere. Just check out the baking section well.

Priya said...

Wowww Poojaaaa! am speechless cake looks so professional dear..wat a amazing decoration..no doubt u hubby might be surely proud of u..U are an awesome baker yaa!

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

looks so yummy and delicious dear.

Pooja said...

Thanks a lot Priya :)

Pooja said...

Thanks Dhanya :)

Sweta said...

Great art work with the frosting- the bird's come out well! Cute story-reminds me of baking class in school!!

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. cake looks very pretty & yummy... nice entry ..

Pooja said...

Thanks Sweta & Srikar :)

Helene said...

It's nice to share a recipe from your mom. Those are the best.

Pooja said...

Yes Helene..I always treasure them :)

Valarmathi said...

Wow looks fantastic. Yummy. Looks very pretty.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

Yummy cake pooja..and decoration wth cherry, simple and superb...

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Its always the first thing that stays in our minds for ever... I remember those days when we were so lil running around the kitchen helping mom measuring and most of the time eating all that she tried to mix... ;)

Cake looks amazing and has turned out well... the white and blue combo is fantastic...

Pooja said...

Thanks Valarmathi, Lena & Ramya for your lovely words :)
Ramya, yes precious moments! Glad to hear that you liked the white n blue combo! I had a doubt whether it would turn out good but had no other choice at the moment! :)

Ushanandini said...

Wow! I love cakes! The cake is divine! Nice decor!...

Smitha said...

I'm fond of baking and if it's cakes I have no excuse. Love cakes. The pic is perfect.

Pooja said...

Thanks Usha & Smitha :)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

lovely cake and decoraation. Love it. I remember baking cakes with mom too and now its my daughter's turn...

Pooja said...

Thank you :) Yes it would be a nice experience for her too :)

Kalyani said...

cake looks so tempting & delicious pooja ... will try this ...

Pooja said...

Thanks Klayani..Do try n let me know too :)

ARUNA said...

awesome cake Pooja!

Pooja said...

Thanks Aruna :)