First, I hopped on over to Allrecipes.com , which is also where I found my red beans and rice recipe, to look for an easy-looking recipe. I scanned a few of them, but there were too many ingredients and steps! Color me intimidated. Finally, I searched for "basic yellow cake", and picked the first recipe on the list, "Scottley's Basic Yellow Cake."
I read over the ingredients list: pretty basic stuff.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 2/3 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups sifted cake flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/3 cups milk
After googling a few things (like how to soften butter, cream butter and sugar, and what exactly "just until incorporated" looks like) and buying my ingredients (along with a cake pan and sifter), I was ready to get started!
Anyway, here is the batter all mixed and ready to go:
After letting Madison decorate the top with colored sugar (okay, it was me, they were supposed to be leaves, move on already!), I was done!
I'm pretty excited; my first attempt turned out pretty well! Pat even asked me to make this instead of his typical (box) chocolate on chocolate cake for his birthday! We'll see about that...I kind of hate to break tradition.
Have you done any baking lately? Am I the only female over twenty that had no idea how to soften butter? Do you blame your kids when your attempts at cake bedazzling go awry?