Some one recently turned SEVEN years old at our house. My kids usually have strong opinions about what type of cake they would like. This particular child did not want chocolate cake since we had just had several family birthdays (including mine) where chocolate cake was served! So we decided to go with a white cake! An ALL white cake. And since this girl is all about girly things…we decided to go with “fluff” as our boys refer to it!
We also just decorated her cake really simply by adding some “cupcake toppers” stuck to toothpicks and stuck them into the cake. The cupcake toppers spelled out her name with a letter on each one and then the number 7 was on one in the front of the cake. I made them by simply using a 2 inch scalloped paper punch for the outside ring. Then I printed out the letters of her name and the seven and cut them out using a 1.5 inch circle paper punch. Simply glue them together so the circle is centered in the scallop.
We used this recipe which we found at Food.com. And really liked it. It was good, moist and had a great flavor to it. That says a lot coming from me…a chocolate cake kind of a gal!
White Cake Recipe
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1 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
4 large eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour pans lightly. I used three 8 inch round pans.
Cream together butter & vanilla extract.
Add sugar slowly until all is added and it is mixed well.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt together twice.
Now add flour mixture, alternating between the milk and flour. Mixing well after each again.
Pour equal amounts into each pan and give it a tap on the counter to remove any air pockets.
Start checking at 25 minutes to prevent burning on the bottom and sides.
Keep checking every 5-10 minutes. May need to bake for a total of 30-40 minutes which can vary with different ovens.
We used one of our favorite frosting recipes. I am not a huge fan of frosting…sorry Lara, guess that means more for you! But this frosting? I really like…like I will scrape extra helpings of frosting onto my plate! It is that good. Usually the reason I don’t love frosting is how heavy and thick they are. This frosting is light and fluffy! So it was perfect for the look we were going for. It is the same frosting we used on her Rainbow Cake a couple of years ago.
Fluffy Vanilla Frosting
1. Place 2 sticks of salted butter, at room temperature (otherwise you will get chunks of butter in your frosting), into mixer and whip together until nice and smooth.
2. Then add 1 tsp. of vanilla.
3. Gradually add about ½ to ¾ of a bag (regular size about 4 cups? ) of powdered sugar (Confectioner’s sugar).
It will be a bit chunky and not very smooth.
4. Gradually add 1 tsp. of milk while mixing frosting.
5. If it is still not the consistency you desire, add another tsp. of milk until you get a nice thick frosting that is smooth.
6. Then fold in 1 tub of Cool Whip.
What about you? Do you like cake? And if so…what is your cake of choice?
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