Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Tiny Vanilla Cake

I am always on the quest for the perfect vanilla cake or cupcake & yes I have written about finding the best but there is always that tiny doubt in my mind that there is something just a little bit better out there. I decided to try this out on my mother in law! That does not sound good.
I love her so I wouldn't have tried it if I didn't think it would be good! Also it was for her 89th birthday so it had to be very good. I like this recipe. I knew I wanted something that used buttermilk and cake flour and this did. I didn't even look at the # of eggs needed. Eight! 3 yolks and 5 whole eggs. ahh! So for a birthday cake for family - fine but for my business, I'm not so sure. A little pricey by the time I added in all the ingredients.
Here's the recipe - try it. It's very light and not too sweet. But I know I'll be back with another vanilla cake/cupcake recipe soon.

Buttermilk Cake
Preheat oven to 350.
1. 3 c cake flour (make your own cake flour by measuring out 3 cups of flour and take 2 tbs of flour out for each cup) 6 tbs total. Now add 2 tbs of cornstarch for each cup of flour (6tbs total) Sift together
2. 1 1/2 cups of flour
3. 3/4 tsp baking soda
4. 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
5. 1 /2 tsp salt
(Sift all dry ingredients together & set aside)

6. Cream 2 sticks plus 2 tbs of unsalted butter with 2 1/4 cups of sugar.
Beat till light and fluffy.

7. Add 5 whole eggs (room temp) one at a time and then add 3 egg yolks.

8. Divide the flour into 3 parts and add to butter mixture along with 2 cups of buttermilk. (I always have the powdered buttermilk on hand in case of emergency! Just make sure you refrigerate after opening)

9. Last add 2 tsp of vanilla

10. Line 2 9" pans with parchment. I used a 6" pan for my mini cake.
Bake at 350 20-25 min or until cake tester comes out clean.

As I was making just a small cake, I used the rest of the batter for a batch of mini cupcakes for the store.

Simple is best for me when it comes to baking & decorating so a sliced fresh strawberry on top with fresh strawberries in between layers was just perfect! Use your favorite frosting.

I found these little baking cups in the local health food store and love them. No more expensive. 90 minis for $1.59. Unbleached and chlorine free in a package made from recycled paper - a plus for the environment.

Now I'm off to start baking for two weddings this weekend. I'll post pix when I'm done. Would love to hear from you and follow my blog. Thanks

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  1. those are some pretty well dressed cup cakes. wow. there's a pretty cup cake boutique close to where i live so now I shall be able to make pretty cup cakes just like theirs.

  2. Your cupcakes are so cute!! I am so going to try the cookie recipe! We are chocolate chip cookie concourses around here. I am a new follower from the weekend blog hop. I would love it if you could hop over to my blog when you get the time.

  3. I'm over from the blog hop and I'm your newest follower. Your blog is fab and I love that buttermilk cake recipe! Sounds so delicious!

  4. found your blog on blogaholic and had to follow because i love your blog! i love baked sweets. this is perfect and i cant wait to try some stuff out. thank you!

  5. omg! your blog makes me crave something sweet! i am certainly going to have to test out a few of your recipes! have a wonderful sunday!

  6. Thanks for stopping by Keeping Up With The Rheinlander's! Looking forward to your yummy post!!

  7. Your blog is making me so hungry for something sweet! I am a new follower from follow me chickadee and can't wait to read more!


  8. I am following from voiceBoks! I am going to try this recipe. I dont have to worry about the eggs...with twenty some odd chickens laying eggs every day....we have plenty. Thanks!
    If you get a free minute from baking stop by and visit.

  9. That cake looks great.
    Thanks for following. I am following back.

  10. I am not a baker but a lover of baked goods! :) This looks so good!!!
    I'm a new follower from the hop.

  11. Following back from A Creative Spirit but Blogger is being picky and made me post annonymous. GRRRR anyways, keep checking in on me at and I will do the same.... cakes with buttermilk always seem a little heavy... do your do the same????

  12. Hi, I'm a new follower from the Blog hop. So happy to have found this site!

  13. Oh my goodness. It's one in the morning, and I should be going to bed, but instead I'm looking at your delicious food and my stomach is grumbling - because, well, there's NOTHING better than cake! I (surprisingly!) have all the ingredients for this, and will totally be making it in the morning!

  14. I am a new follower on your site, please follow me back it :) thanks

  15. Oh my gosh, your blog is making me drool! I'm a new GFC follower from Blogaholic. I'm having a Facebook/Twitter hop. You should come link up:

  16. Thank you for following me and I am following you now!
    I think the vanilla cake sounds yummy and it looks great. I bet your MIL loved it!