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    50 mins

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    25 mins

    Marie's Note:

    These comments are from their cookbook: "At Magnolia we decided to make our cake not quite a traditional yellow cake or a traditional sponge cake, given the use of whole eggs in our recipe. We're sure you'll agree this recipe is moist, delicious and makes a beautiful layer cake or cupcakes for birthdays or any celebration. Frost with pink buttercream icing and lots of colored sprinkles as we do, and feel as though you're at your seventh birthday party all over again!"

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    Serves: 16


    3 layer ...

    Units: US | Metric

    Cake Batter

    Buttercream Frosting


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350°.
    2. 2
      Grease and lightly flour three 9 inch round cake pans, then line the bottoms with waxed paper.
    3. 3
      In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
    4. 4
      Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
    5. 5
      Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    6. 6
      Combine the flours and add in four parts, alternating with the milk and the vanilla extract, beating well after each addition.
    7. 7
      Divide batter among the cake pans.
    8. 8
      Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
    9. 9
      Let cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes.
    10. 10
      Remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
    11. 11
      If you're making cupcakes, line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.
    12. 12
      Spoon the batter into the cups about three-quarters full.
    13. 13
      Bake until the tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20 to 22 minutes.
    14. 14
      Remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on a rack before icing.
    15. 15
      When cake has cooled, ice between the layers, then ice top and sides of cake.
    16. 16
      To make the icing - place the butter in a large mixing bowl.
    17. 17
      Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla.
    18. 18
      Beat until smooth and creamy.
    19. 19
      Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, until icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency (you may very well not need all of the sugar).
    20. 20
      If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly.
    21. 21
      Use and store icing at room temperature, as icing will set if chilled.
    22. 22
      Can store in an airtight container for up to three days.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on May 12, 2010


      I have used this recipe several times now and the first time I used it was for jumbo cupcakes. The cupcakes were AWESOME, but when I use it for sheet cakes, it has not ever turned out as moist and fluffy as the cupcakes. The sheet cake is more dense. Still a great flavor, but I will stick with using this recipe only for cupcakes.

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    • on June 13, 2010


      I will never buy box cake mix again! Super easy and delicious. Next time I will probably add another teaspoon of vanilla for a little extra flavor (and take out a teaspoon of milk so the consistency is right). My cupcakes didn't get a "crown" on them, which if I was making a layer cake to decorate I would definitely prefer, but for cupcakes I will add a little baking powder next time also. Great recipe!

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    • on March 22, 2010


      Outstanding! Made for my twin daughter's birthday cake and made a 2nd batch for take-away cupcake favors for their party. YUM. Didn't use this frosting; used the Sprinkles frosting also on this site, which was excellent. The cake has an almost pound cake type density and flavor and is very, very good!!! Going in my favorites folder!

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    Nutritional Facts for Magnolia Bakery's Vanilla Birthday Cake and Frosting

    Serving Size: 1 (171 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 16

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 645.4
    Calories from Fat 227
    Total Fat 25.2 g
    Saturated Fat 15.5 g
    Cholesterol 110.7 mg
    Sodium 182.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 102.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
    Sugars 83.8 g
    Protein 4.7 g

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