Monday, April 7, 2014

White Cake

This weekend we went to see Captain America. Before we went, my daughter asked us if we knew Captain America's name. Sadly, I failed her little quiz. Many of you are sadly shaking your head in disbelief. Of course, my husband told us Captain Steve Rogers. Since we had just watched the movie, my son wanted a cake that looked like Captain America's shield. Well, I decided to try to make a blue, red, and white checkered board pattern inside the cake. I took the cake out of the oven and allowed it to cool on a wire rack. Then I wasn't thinking and decided to cut out the circles on the wire rack. I learned a big mistake. I don't know why I didn't catch it but the cake pressed through the cake and made some nice checkered patterns on the cake itself. I had to push half the cake back through the cake. Even with my mistakes, even with the cake not looking as great as I hoped, my son still wanted me to bring it to the party. He really is a great son. The kids still wanted the cake. They didn't care. My sisters told me it tasted good. My husband didn't even get a piece. I had no cake leftover to take a photo of the inside. I think I'm going to attempt it again at a later date.
My sister made the poster for the party!
White Cake
1 cup of unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Coat three 9 inch round cake pans with nonstick baking spray and flour. 
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and shortening.
  4. Slowly, add one cup of sugar at a time. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Add one egg at a time and incorporate well before adding the next egg.
  6. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  7. In a large cup, combine the milk, buttermilk, and vanilla. 
  8. Add 1 cup of the flour mixture followed by 1 cup of the milk mixture into the butter mixture.
  9. Continue to alternate adding another cup of flour mixture then the milk and followed by the remaining flour mixture. Gently incorporate all the ingredients together.
  10. Evenly, separate the batter between the three prepared cake pans. 
  11. Bake the cakes for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  12. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before transporting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe adapted from Add a pinch

One year ago............................................I made Yogurt Pancakes.
Two years ago..........................................I made Tortilla Soup.
Did you already know..........................................
-In 1941, Captain America made his first appearance.
-Captain America has no superhero abilities but the serum gave him peak human abilities.
-Captain America's shield is made of fictitious Vibranium and weighs 12 pounds.

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