|The Best Vanilla Cake|
The best vanilla cake recipe is something every curious baker spends plenty of time searching for. I've tried dozens over the years and have conducted many experiments, tweaking each recipe trying to get the result I want. This one is the best I've tried so far. It is quite moist and has a good density but not as dense as pound cake. I like the balance of texture that is achieved by using a combination of all-purpose flour and cake flour.
One essential ingredient in this recipe is real dairy butter; margarine just won't cut it. I've used whipping cream in other recipes but this one gets a lot of richness from using undiluted evaporated milk instead. Finally, the vanilla flavoring is crucial. DO NOT use artificial vanilla flavoring! In fact NEVER use it! Use the best quality, real vanilla extract that you can find for real, exotically fragrant vanilla cake.
The frosting on this cake is a family favorite which goes by many names but is referred to at our house as Marshmallow Frosting. It has been featured several times on this site. You can find it in our terrific recipe for Black and White Cake here: http://rockrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/03/black-and-white-cake.html . It is the perfect frosting for this cake.
Sift together and set aside:
- 1 1/2 cups cake and pastry flour
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
For this recipe it is very important to be sure to sift the flour very well before measuring. Flour that is too compacted can cause a denser, heavier cake. If you do not have a flour sifter, put some flour in a bowl and whisk it for a minute before spooning the flour into the measuring cup to measure. Do this for both types of flour in the recipe.
Cream together until fluffy:
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
Add, one at a time, beating well after every addition;
- 4 eggs at room temperature
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
Gently fold in the dry ingredients in three equal portions, alternately with
- 1 cup undiluted evaporated milk
When adding dry and wet ingredients alternately in any baking recipe, always begin and end with the dry ingredients.
Pour batter evenly into 2 well greased and floured 9 inch cake pans. Bake in a 325 degree F oven for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Watch it carefully, you will not want to over bake this cake, as soon as the toothpick comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven and let it rest in the pans for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Frost with Marshmallow Frosting and serve, http://rockrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/03/black-and-white-cake.html