10/23/09

moist yellow birthday cake - evil chef mom turns 2



The other day Nancy complained that she was bored. As tempted as I was to pull out my favorite Betty Draper from Mad Men lines like, "Go bang your head against a wall." or "Only boring people are boring" I decided not to damage my child's psyche anymore than I already have and told her, "Why not bake a cake from scratch?"

"What for?" Nancy asked.

"Just because. Do you really need a reason for cake?" I asked, "But if you really need a reason my blog is turning two."



and off Nancy went to bake a cake,



and to lick the spatulas,



and to DECORATE! (squee!)

Let me tell you this girl is a cake decorating fool. She's watching too much TV... Cake Boss, Ace of Cakes, and those damn baking challenges on Food Network. Seriously, have you watched Food Network lately? That's all there is... Ace of Cakes and cake decorating competitions.



I guess I shouldn't complain because I benefited from it.

moist yellow birthday cake:

4 cups plus 2 tablespoons cake flour (not self-rising)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, at room temperature
2 cups heavy cream or whole milk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans and sprinkle with flour covering all sides. Remove all excess flour.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, then beat in vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. At low speed, beat in heavy cream until just combined. Add flour mixture in three batches, mixing until each addition until incorporated.

Spread batter evenly in cake pan, then tap pan on counter several times to eliminate air bubbles. Bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then run a knife around edge of pan and invert onto rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Frost.

Tasting Notes: Okay, so we didn't make frosting, we used store bought frosting. I have issues with frosting like I have issues with pie crust, which have scarred me for life. Anyways, I am not a frosting person. I LIKE CAKE not FROSTING. You can tell because I used CAP LOCKS. Don't get me started on cakes with more frosting that cake. This cake was moist (duh, you put that in the title Krysta) and light. I know you would think the cream would weigh it down but you would be wrong. Anyways, this cake was really nicely done with lots of flavor. Thank you Nancy.

P.S. I have just realized something proof reading this post, that it's a food blog and I didn't do any cooking/baking for this post. Hmmmm, wonder if I can get the kids to do all the cooking and photography and I'll just write about it?


11 comments:

Grace said...

i've certainly never needed a real reason to make and eat cake, but a two-year stint as a food blogger is definitely cause for celebration. congrats!

Amy said...

No, there is never ever an excuse needed to bake (or eat) cake.

I can only hope that my kids will be into the cooking shows some day, when they're older. (Or Mad Men - love it)...it could be a lot worse. What if they're into shows like Temptation Island. E gad.

Happy second, Krysta.

SaintTigerlily said...

Happy Second Birthday Evil Chef Mom! Thanks for being one of those blogs that make me smile in anticipation when I see an update. May there be many more years of birthday cake in the future!

The Yummy Mummy said...

Happy 2, ECM!

You are still my favorite food blog EVAH! And the fact that you made a bored child pick up a spatula is the reason. And cause you're kinda a nut. But then again, I like nuts.

Enjoy, sista! You are a force to be reckoned with!

Kim

Cali said...

Yay! ECM and i share a birthday!! love it! idk when, but i am so gonna make that cake! yum!!

Katie said...

Happy Birthday ecm! And I've been telling my kids that only boring people are bored for years... And go bang your head against the wall is next.

LilSis said...

Happy 2nd Birthday, Evil Chef Mom!! I've really enjoyed reading your blog! The guys in my house would be so HAPPY if they had someone in the house that could bake from scratch!

EB of SpiceDish said...

Happy Birthday! I think even Betts would approve....

Catherine said...

Yay for Goat!!! :)

Melissa said...

Selfishly speaking, I love seeing many of my favorite people here saying Happy Birthday to you. And you and Cali share a birthday haha! Yes. :)

Unselfishly speaking... you are that cool spot. No waiting. You're a treasure.

Love you.

M

Spryte said...

I'd be the best mom on the planet for a few minutes if I baked that!