I am not the person that instantly says: "I Love Challenges". I don't. I like taking the easy way and gliding along in life. I'm not a completely lazy person, but I know there are people that LOVE challenges. So when Carole Ross, Hub's godmother, sent me an old family recipe, I was excited. Until I read the first paragraph:
Editor’s Note: Apparently this cake is not as easy one – several sources have said that it is not unusual for your first few attempts at this cake fail to rise before and that beating the eggs very well is important.
My first instinct was to just completely disregard the recipe, as the whole cake seems like it could be *challenging* and I mentioned above how I don't do *challenges*. However, letting people down kills me. So when Hub's Godmother sends me an old family recipe,
I want to make it, I don't want to let her down. I also know that she emailed Hub today and said something to the effect of...celebrate with one of those lovely desserts your bride has been baking.
Great, double let down....if I don't bake. Not necessarily her cake, but just bake something for Valentine's Day.
So here we go, I smell failure, but I'm going for it.
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract or other flavoring
1 cup milk
1/4 pound (1 stick or 8 tablespoons) butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two 8- or 9-inch cake pans.
Beat eggs well -- until light (5-10 minutes).
Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Add to creamed mixture and fold together.
Heat milk and butter in a saucepan until hot.
Add hot milk mixture and vanilla to cake batter and stir until combined, then pour into cake pans.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack.
Frost with favorite icing.
So, it *seems* easy. I can follow directions. Can't I? (Don't ask my Hub that question).
So beat, creamed, heated and folded....and baked. Then I got stumped..."Frost with favorite icing". Well, a) who can pick a favorite? b) back to the first paragraph, I like the easy way...canned icing. I don't have canned icing unless I know in advance that I am baking a cake. Plus now I'm on a "I don't want to use a pre-made mix unless I have to"....so I pulled out my Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book and found a recipe for Creamy White Frosting and got my frosting on.
Ding, goes the timer, I panic and say a prayer, shout at Hub to brace himself, and viola....this is what I have:
See how pretty the cakes are? They aren't sticking to the sides.
See how pretty the cake is? Nice, spongy, fluffy cake. So far so good. And just for the record, our house now smells like what I hope heaven smells like.
Pretty, very Valentiney. What can't red sugar sprinkles dress up?
Something that is a must for me is clean slices. LOOK at how clean that slice is.
Happy Valentine's Day!!!! This cake is perfection. Take that "Editor" (from "Editor's Note above) Apparently I do do *challenges* and I do them well.
Thank you dear Carole, for being such a loving person, to Hub as a teen and throughout his life and thank you for making me feel loved.