Thursday, January 15, 2009

Delightful!


The weather outside is frightful, but the oven is so delightful! We were in a mood: to eat cake, to make cake, to try something new, and somehow the colour pink should be involved. So we opened up a new cookbook and found something to try but, was missing buttermilk and one more egg! Was not going outside to the "feels like -23°C" weather to buy buttermilk and eggs, so made the cake with milk and one less egg! Also left out the salt and baking powder too.

Above collage from top left going clockwise: Pink cream cheese frosting in a piping bag; mixing cream cheese frosting; our new sifter; our new sifter top view; and cake batter in 6-inch pan!

Vanilla Milk Cake
Altered majorly from Sky High's 6-inch vanilla buttermilk cake
(makes a 6-inch cake and 1 cupcake)

1 stick of butter
1 cup of sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups of cake flour
1/2 cup of milk
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Using a mixer, beat the butter until fluffy. Incorporate the sugar.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time and mix.
  4. Next, add the flour and milk and mix.
  5. Lastly, add in the vanilla extract and mix well.
  6. Pour all the batter into a 6-inch cake pan or save an ice-cream scoop sized batter for a cupcake.
  7. The cupcake will bake for 20-25 minutes.
  8. Bake the cake for 45-55 minutes or until the cake tester came out clean.

The cake was very dense and moist, very nice and bouncy... haha if one can describe cake like that! My parents found it too sweet (as always) but, it was just what we needed. Also went for a messy look on the side of the cake. Howard loves cheese and we always wanted to make cream cheese frosting! This is where we could add our something pink...


Cream Cheese Frosting
(Makes 4-5 cups)

1-1/2 packages of Philly cream cheese
1/2 stick of butter at room temperature
4-5 cups of confectioner's sugar
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  1. Using a mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until creamy.
  2. Add the confectioner's sugar and vanilla extra, mix until smooth and combined.
  3. Fill your cake and frost it. For cupcakes, put frosting in piping bag with tip and make your swirl! Keep in mind, there will be leftover frosting.
  4. We also tried out these Nut & Party cups to bake in, also inspired from Cupcake Blog!

27 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. Saw the pics on Flickr and got excited! Love the messy frosted look.

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  2. Drooooolllll.

    Wow that looks so good!

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  3. adorable! does the cupcake come out of that cute wrapper easily? i love the look, but was scared about how the cake would come out.

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  4. LadybugLuggage - Our cake is almost gone, I will be craving cake again soon!

    Moon.Dust. - Thanks! To do the messy look, we used a small spoon and tapped the sides of the cake. The gooey frosting would stick to the spoon and form small peaks.

    Amanda - Thank you!!

    Stephanie - My brother ate the cupcake and he didn't seem to have any problem. He did it without ripping the cup too!

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  5. holy mother this looks amazing!!!

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  6. Wow, looks amazing! Love the light pink colour =)

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  7. i'm looking out the window and it's pouring HAIL. the photos of this gorgeous cake is making it all better though. I love your blog and have got this recipe bookmarked for future reference. it's just too beautiful and delicate to pass up! :) x

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  8. Next time you need to substitute for buttermilk, use unflavored yogurt if you have any, same volume. Or milk and add a small amount of vinegar.

    Check out my latest (Nov/08). It’s already getting great reviews:

    Tried and True Recipes from a Caterer’s Kitchen—Secrets of Making Great Foods

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  9. Em - Thank you!

    pigpigscorner - I wonder what colour I will crave next...

    diva@sugarbar - It's snowing outside again, big flakes of fluffy snow!

    George Erdosh - Thanks for the tip, I did have vinegar!

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  10. Yikes! That's cold!

    You didn't say how it tasted? Either way it LOOKED yummy!
    ~ingrid

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  11. well i feel like a boob! i live in san diego and whenever the temperature drops below 60 i'm FREEZING! it'd be hilarious to know what freezing is REALLY like :P regardless of the weather, that cake looks divine and especially cute! i love the pink hue of the frosting!

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  12. Ingrid - The cake is sweet and due to the 2 eggs and milk, the egg's taste is noticed. I left it overnight to cool and the cake became much harder. However, that could be because it is super cold here, so the kitchen is cooler than usual. The cream cheese frosting is yummy!!!

    Karen - Thank you! My office is 65°F right now and I shoveled 2-3 inches of snow in 3°F weather. Brrr, I can't wait for summer!

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  13. i love the color- it's just what's needed to brighten up these endless gray days we've been having.

    if you had a slice with a nice cup of green Japanese tea, it would be like spring in front of you.

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  14. ana dane - What a great idea! Today is extra grey outside. =(

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  15. random question , what tip did you use for the frosting on the cupcake? It looks perfect!

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  16. AllisonWonderland - Thanks, I used Wilton's 4B tip for the cupcake's swirl.

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  17. It looks wonderful! How did you get the cake to rise so nice and high without baking powder?
    -Chris
    http://smellslikedessert.blogspot.com/

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  18. Chris - The cake wasn't too high, about 2-2.5 inches maybe? Adding the filling makes it look higher in the photos.

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  19. The pictures look so wonderul I could dive right in. I love the pink color.

    Don't you just love the 6 inch cake? I recently purchased one and have been using it to satisfy my cake cravings ever since!

    I feel the need to bake now!

    ;) amy

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  20. Calm In The Kitchen - Thank you! I love tiny cake pans, I think I need a 4 inch and 2 inch next... The 6 inch is perfect for cake cravings! Have you received Confetti Cakes for Kids yet?

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  21. Oh wow! I've always had difficulty making cake...I wanna try this! This looks SUPER FRIGGIN' YUMMY 8D

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  22. I haven't gotten the book yet, bummer! I'm sure it is heading my way. I can't wait to try it out!

    I truly believe that small pans take away any possible guilt one might have when eating cake. It works for me!

    ;) amy

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  23. Marielle Rodriguez - Thanks!

    Calm In The Kitchen - It should be there soon, I know the publicist sent it out! I made another 6-inch cake, I'll post about it later! =)

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  24. Ooh, I made this cake for a 2 year olds birthday and filled it with chocolate mascarpone cream and iced it with cream cheese frosting.

    Absolutely delicious!

    You can see mine here:http://lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com/2008/12/cake.html

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  25. Hey! I made some last minute cupcakes this morningfor K&C's stag and doe tonight. I did chocolate cupcakes with the creamcheese frosting. I managed to get the frosting in my hair, but the cupcakes turned out great!

    Thanks

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  26. Monica H - Wow! That is amazing, those seahorses! We'll have to try your frosting one day! Thanks for sharing!

    Megan - Hi Megan! How did you get frosting in your hair?? =) I hope you have a great time at K&C's stag & doe tonight! I will be baking cupcakes tonight for a bridal shower! At least we're both doing something wedding related...

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