Last night the baby kept me up quite a bit. She's going through her 8 month old "sleep regression", when their brain is developing rapidly so they have a hard time sleeping. So today, I didn't feel like making some long elaborate meal.
I had intended to make spicy tortilla soup, but once I got back from my walk and looked at the ingredient list I realized the only thing we had was tortillas, and I wasn't going to go off my budget and spend more money.
So I made more stuffed shells, and decided to make a homemade cake for my recipe.
Now typically I make this AMAZING chocolate cake that has espresso in it, and it's definitely my favorite, but today I wanted to try a Yellow/ Vanilla cake. It wasn't as delicious as the chocolate cake, but it was decent. It was a little bit dense though, if you could fluffen it up a bit then it would have been much better. I'm just not exactly sure how to do so! If you do, let me know so I can do it next time!
What you'll need: (for the cake)
- 1 cup butter
- 2 1/2 cups white sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9x13 inch pans. Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pans.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool.
Once again the recipe comes from "All Recipes"
Now, I cut way back on this recipe because the original recipe calls for 8 cups of confectioners sugar, and really.. I don't need 8 cups worth of frosting, that's a lot! So here is the modified version;
2 cups of confectioners sugar (I make this by using organic sugar processed in a VitaMixer)
1/4 cup of butter (do not substitute, it's called "buttercream" for a reason!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
In a mixing bowl cream the butter until smooth, beat in sugar and vanilla until smooth. Once you get that far, add a tiny bit of milk at a time until you reach the desired consistency.