Saturday, April 10, 2010

Best. Yellow. Cake. Ever.

All this frantic fancy baking - I was craving something nice and simple. Just, plain cake, you know? Vanilla, and moist, and crusty, and not too sweet; no complicated flavours, no brouhaha to prepare. Just cake. So I scooted over to smitten kitchen, and found these recipes.The second of which I then adapted. I shall babble no more and send you straight to the best cake ever.

Makes one huge, full bundt.
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4.5 tsp baking powder
  • 200g butter, melted
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup plus 1/4 cup buttermilk (I mixed 1 cup yoghurt with 1/4 cup milk, but it was too thick because it was store-bought yoghurt)
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence

Mix the flour, sugar and baking powder in a large bowl. Add the butter and 1 cup buttermilk, and beat till well combined. I found that it became almost dough-like. In another bowl, beat the eggs, essence and 1.4 cup buttermilk till combined. Add to flour mixture and beat till bubbles form in the batter. Grease a big bundt pan, mine is about 10" across and 5" deep. Pour batter in and bake at 180C/325F for 40 minutes or till a knife comes out clean. Serve with chocolate ganache, vanilla/lemon/flavoured glaze, fresh strawberries and cream, jam: the options are endless. It really is a fantastic cake.

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