You don’t have to have an occasion to bake a cake, a simple vanilla cake with a cup of coffee makes a perfect occasion to share a few minutes with the kids or your significant other to celebrate life. Frost it with a buttercream icing and now you can throw a party!! If you have the common misconception that making a cake from scratch is hard work, think twice. Duncan Hines/Betty Crocker is pre-measured dry ingredients and you have to add the oil and eggs. Basically, your homemade only requires you to measuring the dry ingredients yourself, not to mention that its free of artificial flour, colour and can be as organic as you want. So let’s not waste anymore time and jump right in.
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (2 sticks)
2 cups granulated sugar (optional to use organic cane sugar)
4 organic eggs
1 1/2 cups cake and pastry flour
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
1 cup organic 2% milk (room temperature)
Preheat oven 350F (175C)
1-Butter and four a 9 inch cake pan.
2-In a electric mixer, cream butter at medium speed until smooth.
3-Add sugar gradually, until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
4-Add eggs, one at a time, allowing to incorporated before each addition (about 4 minutes)
5-Combine the milk with vanilla and set aside.
6-Combine the 2 types of flours together and set aside.
7-Reduce mixer speed to low and add 1/3 of the flour, alternating with 1/3 of the milk mixture, allow to incorporate fully between additions, begin and end with flour, about 4 minutes.
8-Scrape the sides and bottom of mixing bowl with a baking spatula and pour batter in the pan.
9-Bake for 60-65 minutes or until tester (or long toothpick/thin wooden skewer) comes out clean when pierced at the cracked part of the cake.
Allow to cool before removing from the pan.