I had told Father I would make him a caramel cake for dessert Saturday and got the ingredients at the store to make penuche for the frosting, but as I was walking in the door with the groceries I almost slapped myself. (Fortunately I didn’t because I had 40 lbs of bags in my hands.) I had completely forgotten to grab a box of yellow cake mix.
It actually took me a few minutes to realize I probably had the ingredients to make one from scratch – I had been thinking about putting it off and making it the next day after running to the store. You can see I’m not one of those natural cooks.
I looked online for things like “perfect, easy, yellow cake
recipe” and wound up also having to designate “all purpose
flour” since I don’t have cake flour. Come to think of it, I
don’t think I’ve ever bought cake flour. Anyway. I kept finding
recipes that were anything but simple and contained ingredients I
didn’t have (although, shockingly, I did have buttermilk in
the fridge…) I then went and looked in my handy dandy Better Homes
and Gardens cookbook, the one that is falling apart. I’ll pause a
minute so that those of you whose eyes got stuck when you were
rolling them so high can refocus on the screen. Better? Ok.
So I made it and it was fantastic. So much firmer than a
typical box-mix cake and a wonderful flavor. I honestly hadn’t
thought it would make that much difference. Everyone loves it. I’ll
never go back. Here are a few pictures I just took (forgot about
taking pictures in the process).
|This is a long, thin slice. Notice how it’s not falling apart. (Yes, I then ate it. Don’t judge me.)|
|This is all that’s left out of a 9×13 pan. Sorry, not artistic.|
The recipe online is actually different from the one in the book
(mine probably has more calories…) so here is the one I used:
BHG’s Yellow Cake
3 cups all-purpose
2 cups sugar
1 T baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup margarine or
butter, softened (I used butter – 1 stick)
1 1/2 t. vanilla
2 eggs [note: always make sure you have the
required number of eggs before you start making the cake*]
In a bowl combine flour, sugar, and baking powder. Add milk,
margarine (butter) and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on low
speed till combined. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Add eggs and
beat 2 minutes more. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9 x 1 1/2 inch
round baking pans [I used 1 9×13 pan]. Bake in a 375 oven for 25-30
minutes [25 minutes for the sheet cake] or till a toothpick inserted
near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.
Remove from pans. Cool thoroughly on racks. Serves 12.
*To my relief, I had exactly 2 eggs.