Best Birthday Cake (Smitten Kitchen)

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READY IN: 50mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Butter two 9-inch round cake pans and line with circles of parchment paper, then butter parchment. (Alternately, you can use a cooking spray, either with just butter or butter and flour to speed this process up.).
  • Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, then beat in vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition.
  • At low speed, beat in buttermilk until just combined (mixture will look curdled).
  • Add flour mixture in three batches, mixing until each addition is just Incorporated.
  • Spread batter evenly in cake pan, then rap pan on counter several times to eliminate air bubbles.
  • Bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes.
  • Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then run a knife around edge of pan. Invert onto rack and discard parchment, then cool completely, about 1 hour.
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