Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins
This recipe is from "Woman's Day" magazine, September 12, 2006. It is a very simple basic cake batter. You can add a variety of different things to make several different cakes.
- 3⁄4 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 2 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- Beat butter, sugar, baking powder, and vanilla in a large bowl with mixer on high 3 minutes or until fluffy.
- Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each. On low speed, beat in flour in 3 additions alternately with milk in 2 additions, just until blended, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
Followed to the letter, twice, both times didn't rise enough - came out too "dense" and not risen. Friends said it was a good "pound cake." But I expected lighter and fluffier.
I wanted something sweet like cupcakes or cake and it didn't make sense to buy something ready made when I had all of the ingredients to make my own. I made half of a recipe for this cake. I used two small cake pans for a buttercream layered cake. The cake browned well with two golden layers that are pretty and moist. My cake didn't crack or break, and had very few crumbs when I iced the cake. This is a basic cake mix recipe, but it is one that can be used for many different variations. I am going to try this cake plain with fruit sauce. Chocolate icing sounds good too! Good recipe, even better the next day.
Made this for my daughter's birthday, when I realized that we didn't have a cake mix in the house. It turned out light, and fluffy, and everyone was asking for more! It will be my standard from now on. Thanks!