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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Vanilla Buttermilk Cake for Connie

This past weekend was my mother's birthday.  She wanted a vanilla cake and presented me with a recipe she googled that she wanted me to bake. The recipe is a Vanilla buttermilk cake adapted from Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alicia Huntsmen & Peter Wynne.

The cake called for 8oz butter, room temperature

4 whole large eggs + 2 egg yolks, 2 tsp vanilla and 1 1/4 cup buttermilk

For the dry ingredients: 3 cups cake flour, 2 cups sugar, 4 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt

You need to preheat your oven to 350 and butter and flour or spray pans with baking spray.  I used three 8" round cake pans.
Place the eggs and the yolks in a medium bowl (or in a large measuring cup like I have pictured above) add in the vanilla and 1/4 cup of the buttermilk.  Whisk well and set aside.

Next, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a mixer, whisk to blend.  Add the remaining 1 cup of buttermilk and the butter to the dry ingredients and with the mixer on low speed, blend together.  Raise the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy (about 2mins)

Add the egg mixture in three additions, scrapping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.  Don't forget to scrape the bottom of the bowl as well! Don't over mix! Divide the batter among the pans and bake for 28-32mins or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean and when you gently poke the top of the cake it springs back nicely.   

Let the layers cool in the pan for about 10mins then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely before filling and frosting.

The vanilla buttercream I made for this cake is 1 lb of butter at room temperature, 1kg of icing sugar, 2tsp vanilla and about 2 tbsp of milk or water.  First add the butter to the mixer and cream until nice and smooth.  On slow speed, add the icing sugar about a cup at a time letting the sugar completely absorb into the butter before adding more.  Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl frequently.  Once all your sugar has been added, add your liquid and once thats blended in turn up the speed to high and let it beat until nice and fluffy.  You may need to add more liquid, depending on the consistency that you want.

Here is the finished cake.
Happy Birthday Mom!!!!

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