Saturday, August 4, 2007

Golden Vanilla Layer Cake


This is from Gale Gand's Chocolate and Vanilla (see previous post below).

3 cups flour
1 T. baking powder
1 cup softened butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 t. vanilla extract
1 t. almond extract
1 cup whole milk

Preheat oven to 375. Butter and flour walls of two 9-inch round cake pans and line bottom with circle of parchment paper.

Sift flour and baking powder and set aside. In mixer beat butter with sugar until blended. One at a time add eggs. Whip in vanilla and almond extracts. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in thirds, alternating with milk and ending with flour. Mix until just combined.

Pour into prepared cake pans and bake until golden and firm, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool in pans.

One note: if you're adding almond with vanilla it HAS to be good. Anything is better with almond extract.