Practically Perfect White Cake
I found it! The best recipe for scrumptious white cake! Well, I found a recipe that I modified into what I want white cake to be – moist, light, moist, tantalizingly delicious, and moist. One of my soulmates, Shelley Haynes Heile, had a birthday in March. Her favorite thing in life is white cake with white icing. It’s never too late (early?) to celebrate, right? Okay, so Shelley and I don’t need an excuse to indulge in this blessed confection, but I’d been promising it for two months.
Shelley & Tracy – Seniors at RCHS 1985-86
Tracy & Shelley – 25 Year Class Reunion 2011
Now on with the business at hand. CAKE!
-2 1/4 cups cake flour – I use Swans Down Cake Flour but oddly, their cake recipe isn’t my favorite
-1 cup almond milk, at room temperature
-6 large egg whites at room temperature
-1 teaspoon almond extract
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
-4 teaspoons baking powder
-1 teaspoon salt
-1 1/2 sticks of butter (12 ounces) softened
-Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees.
-Grease or spray two 9-inch round cake pans (I use coconut oil)
-Sprinkle greased pans with flour
-Line the bottoms with parchment or waxed paper rounds (I cut some rounds out of wax paper).
-Grease/spray the wax paper rounds, place them in cake pans, and dust with flour
-Pour milk, egg whites, and extracts into 2-cup glass measuring cup/bowl, and whisk until blended
-Mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of electric mixer at slow speed.
-Slice butter and add the pats to the flour mixture a couple at a time while slowly mixing.
-Continue beating at slow speed until mixture resembles moist crumbs and all flour is moistened
-Add all but 1/2 cup of milk mixture to crumbs and beat at medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes.
-Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture and beat 30 seconds more.
-Stop mixer and scrape sides of bowl.
-Return mixer to medium-high speed and beat 20 seconds longer.
-Divide batter evenly between two prepared cake pans; using rubber spatula, spread and smooth batter.
-Place filled cake pans on middle oven rack.
-Bake 23-26 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
-Let cakes rest in pans for about 3 minutes.
-Cover wire racks with greased wax paper or parchment paper.
-Loosen cake from sides of pans with a knife (if necessary), and invert onto wire racks.
-Let cool completely, about about an hour or so.
While cake is baking or cooling, whip up some frosting from scratch, like this:
Lighter-Than-Air Cake Frosting
- 3 egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup water
In a large glass or metal bowl, add the egg whites and extracts, set aside. In a saucepan, mix the sugar, cream of tartar, salt, and water; stir well and bring to boil until the sugar dissolves. This creates a sweet, syrupy concoction.
Start beating your egg whites and extracts on HIGH while slowing adding the hot syrup. Beat for 4-5 minutes with a stand mixer or 7-8 minutes with a hand mixer. Gorgeous, fluffy peaks will form.
This frosting recipe makes enough to frost a three layer cake. Since my cake recipe is for a two layer cake, I had to eat the remaining delicious, fluffy, marshmallowy frosting with a spoon over the next couple of days as any self-respecting baker will do. Fill a pastry bag or decorating tool with the light, airy frosting or easily smooth onto cake with a knife or spatula. I used a Pampered Chef Frosting Spreader on this one.
Happy birthday, Shelley!