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PERFECT VANILLA CAKE


Another birthday, another cake! My sister-in-law, Nicole, hosted a 40th birthday for my brother and of course I handled the cake. It was Fore-Tee golf themed birthday, so of course I had to challenge myself and make a cake to theme. Obviously this vanilla cake is amazing for any occasion. I highly recommend playing with flavor combinations by including a Berry Compote or Whipped Cream Frosting.


I got the cake recipe from Recipe Tin Eats.


INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour

  • 2 ½ tsp. Baking Powder

  • ¼ tsp. Salt

  • 4 Eggs, large

  • 1 ½ cups Granulated Sugar

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter

  • 1 cup Milk, full fat preferred but I used 2%

  • 3 tsp. Vanilla Extract

  • 3 tsp. Vegetable Oil



INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line your cake pans (either 2, 8-inch or 3, 6-inch).

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, and salt.

  3. In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer, beat the eggs for 30 seconds on medium speed.

  4. While the beat is going, add the sugar slowly. Turn the speed up and continue beating until tripled in volume and white, about 8 minutes.

  5. While you beat the egg, melt the milk and butter in the microwave (on high for 2 minutes) or over the stove (do not let the milk bubble or boil). Do NOT do this step ahead of time and allow the milk to cool down (this will affect rise)

  6. Once the egg is whipped, pour over 1/3 of the flour mixture and combine on low speed for 5 seconds. Add half the flour mixture and combine on low speed for 5 seconds. Repeat with the second half of the flour mixture. Once you no longer see flour, stop mixing.

  7. Pour the hot milk, vanilla, and oil into the large empty flour bowl.

  8. Add about 1 ½ cups of the Egg Batter into the bowl with the Milk Mixture. Beat vigorously with a whisk until smooth.

  9. Then pour the Egg+Milk mixture back into your stand mixer and mix on low speed for 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides and mix another 10 seconds on low speed.

  10. Pour the batter into your pans and bang them on the counter to knock out air bubbles.

  11. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick poked through the center comes out clean.

  12. Remove from the oven, let cool for 15 minutes and turn out onto cooling racks. Lay them upside down for a level layer cake.

  13. Once cooled, frost and decorate!


 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line your cake pans (either 2, 8-inch or 3, 6-inch).


In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder, and salt.


In a stand mixer with a whisk attachment or a hand mixer, beat the eggs for 30 seconds on medium speed.


While the beat is going, add the sugar slowly. Turn the speed up and continue beating until tripled in volume and white, about 8 minutes.


While you beat the egg, melt the milk and butter in the microwave (on high for 2 minutes) or over the stove (do not let the milk bubble or boil). Do NOT do this step ahead of time and allow the milk to cool down (this will affect rise)

Once the egg is whipped, pour over 1/3 of the flour mixture and combine on low speed for 5 seconds.


Add half the flour mixture and combine on low speed for 5 seconds.


Repeat with the second half of the flour mixture. Once you no longer see flour, stop mixing.


Pour the hot milk, vanilla, and oil into the large empty flour bowl.

Add about 1 ½ cups of the Egg Batter into the bowl with the Milk Mixture. Beat vigorously with a whisk until smooth.


Then pour the Egg+Milk mixture back into your stand mixer and mix on low speed for 15 seconds. Scrape down the sides and mix another 10 seconds on low speed.


Pour the batter into your pans and bang them on the counter to knock out air bubbles.

Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick poked through the center comes out clean.


Remove from the oven, let cool for 15 minutes and turn out onto cooling racks. Lay them upside down for a level layer cake.

Once cooled, add your frosting and layer the cakes! (Obviously this one is a very specific golf themed cake haha)


I added thin layers of frosting between each layer and then crumb coated the entire cake.


I left in the fridge overnight and then finished with a second layer of frosting. I tried my best to smooth it by getting my offset spatula wet with warm water.

If you care to know how I made this cake then keep on reading!


The "dirt" or "sand" is crushed graham cracker with a little coconut oil. I just spooned it and packed it on. Then I laid my fondant green next to it.


My last step with frosting was piping the "grass" all round the edges and on the bottom of the cake. I wanted to use a different tip that actually looks like grass but this was the closest tip I had!

I made some fondant golf balls by just rolling it into balls and then using a small rounded wine stopper to create the indentations. My mom did this part for me!


I had to get a picture of the cake inside so you can see just how soft and moist it is.


The lighting was not the best but its real life and what I could get while celebrating my brothers birthday!!






If you tried this recipe please tag me on Instagram, I would love to see it!


If you plan on saving this recipe for later via Pinterest, feel free to use this image!


A video is up on my Pinterest and Instagram as well.

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