Gracie’s cake

Gracie’s cake

I made this little cake for Gracie’s birthday, unfortunately she didn’t get to eat it since they didn’t make it to dinner that night. Now as most people know, cake would never go to waste in this house. So TJ, Tish, Vick, Dean, and myself ate the full size cake.

This recipe came from The Cake Bible. The yellow cake is an all purpose cake. It is wonderful with icing or without. I used a basic cream cheese icing, but you could use buttercream also. The next time I make it I will make a buttercream. I think it will enhance the buttery flavor of the cake. I also might put a raspberry jam filling in addition to the icing. The recipe suggests using two 9″ by 1 1/2″ cake pans, but I actually used two 8″ square cake pans and one 4″ cake pan for the individual cake.

All-Occasion Downy Yellow Butter Cake

6 large egg yolks
1 C milk
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
3 C sifted cake flour
1 1/2 C sugar
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 Tablespoons unsalted butter (must be softened)

Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a medium bowl lightly combine the yolks, 1/4 cup milk, and vanilla.

In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients and mix on low speed for 30 seconds to blend.  Add the butter and remaining 3/4 cup milk.  Mix on low speed until the dry ingredients are moistened.  Increase to medium speed (high speed if using a hand mixer) and beat for 1 1/2 minutes to aerate and develop the cake’s structure.  Scrape down the sides.  Gradually add the egg mixture in 3 batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients and strengthen the structure.  Scrape down the sides.

 Scrape the batter into the prepared pans and smooth the surface with a spatula.  The pans will be about 1/2 full.  Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until a tester inserted near the center comes out clean and cake springs back when pressed lightly in the center.  The cakes should start to shrink from the sides of the pans only after removal from the oven.

Let the cakes cool in the pans on racks for 10 minutes.  Loosen the sides with a small metal spatula and invert onto greased wire racks.  To prevent splitting, re-invert so that the tops are up and cool completely before wrapping airtight.

Originally uploaded by jenianddean.

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