Saturday, September 17, 2011
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Sometimes I want a plain, simple cake. Not carrot cake, or sour cream chocolate cake, or zucchini cake - just an old-fashioned butter cake. And this one is the best. Most of us have the ingredients on the shelf - flour, butter, sugar, eggs, milk. You can put it together in no time. Easy peasy. The batter looks like this,
and less than an hour later, voila! this.
You may leave it unfrosted or use a buttercream frosting, either plain or chocolate.
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup soft butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk
I sifted the dry ingredients together in a small bowl.
Then I turned on the KitchenAid and let it stir the butter for a while, and then added the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
I added the milk and dry ingredients alternately.
I baked it in a greased 9-inch round pan, in a preheated 350º F. oven for 45-55 minutes.
That's it. Competition for cake mixes? You bet. Plus you put in the ingredients. No trans-fats or unpronounceables here. Basic, easy, delicious. Who could ask for more? Not me.
Since I've never used a cake mix, I thought I'd offer a comparison of an easy homemade cake and a cake mix cake.
I subscribe to the old adage, 'you are what you eat.' I figure we've just got one body and one life, so why not put only good things into the body to hopefully give us a longer, healthier life.