Easy White Cake
I suppose when all is said and done this is not truly a white cake - white cakes should be snowy white, and this is commonly achieved simply by ommitting the egg yolks, and volume is typically achieved through folding beaten egg-whites into your batter. This cake however, is very, really pale and it is so extremely delightful and moist you truly won't care.
This cake pairs well with a variety of frostings, and perhaps even better, will take to changes in extracts perfectly. Almond is delightful, as is orange, lemon or lime extracts. I've also made this with cream in place of half and half and 1 1/2 cups of chocolate sandwich cookies in the batter, and with a white buttercream decorated with loads of the cookies whole (that's my Ricky's preferred). Try each combination. It's really a delightful way to process a number of experiments!
Easy White Cake
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/8 tablespoons baking powder
3/4 cup half & half
How to Make Vanilla Extract
- Preheat oven to 350F. Using butter, butter and flour 3 9-inch round cake pans.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer on moderate speed, cream together the butter and sugar. Don't skimp out on this step - one of the secrets to the final texture of this particular cake is to totally cream the butter and white sugar together - up to ten minutes is probably great.
- Add the eggs separately, beating really well after each one. Clean down the sides of the bowl while you work.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder well. Add flour to the butter and white sugar and mix well.
- Mix batter until very smooth. Pour batter into prepared pans, dividing equally.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes. When done the center of the cake will be lightly golden and also the middle will spring back to the touch. A cake tester or skewer placed into the center will come away totally clean.
- Allow cakes to cool down in their pans for ten minutes, then turn them out onto wire racks for cooling entirely before icing.
© 2011 Jan Charles
love to try new recipes on March 02, 2017:
I guess we are the foolish ones who did not read the recipe thoroughly through first before beginning to bake! Not very happy with the recipe. Waiting to see how the cake turns out.
Liv on July 28, 2015:
I really enjoyed this cake! It was absolutely delicious! I do think the title doesn't suit the cake. The name makes it sound like a ten minute throw together cake when it really takes much longer than that. The ingredients list told me baking powder was in the cake when the instructions told me baking soda. The ingredients list also told me that vanilla and half and half were in the cake when i couldn't find them anywhere in the instructions. I was very confused! I had to guess on where those things went. This recipe was poorly written.
What the h*ll! on November 26, 2014:
Someone needs to remove this recipe. I starting making this for a friends bday cake. Then noticed all the mistake in the instructions, and ingredients. I won't have time to make another one if this ends badly. Either fix mistakes or remove!
confused and disappointed on June 15, 2014:
I too was confused about the vanilla and half and half. I put in the vanilla bc there was no flavor otherwise. However I didn't put in the half and half bc I forgot about it. There wasn't enough batter to fill 3 cake pans so I only made 2 cakes. Hope it turns out good.....
upset on April 22, 2013:
I was disappointed to realize the vanilla and half and half cream was mentioned in the ingredients but not in the directions.after i put the batter in the pan i realized I hadnt't put in the vanilla or or cream so i had to put the batter back in the bowl and mix in the vanilla and cream. hopefully my cake will still turn out ok.
Mike on January 30, 2013:
Your ingedients call for 1 and 1/8 tables spoons of baking powder, the recipe says add baking soda?! Im slightly confused. Im going with the baking powder.