Friday, July 13, 2012

Yellow Cake with Butter Frosting - Feingold Stage 1


¾ cup butter (1 ½ sticks)     (Land O’ Lakes or Horizon Organic)     

1 ½ cups sugar

3 eggs  (bring to room temp by placing in a bowl of warm water)

4 ½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

2 2/3 cups all purpose flour  (I use King Arthur unbleached flour)

1 cup milk  (any whole milk)

1 ½ tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 

1.      Cream butter and sugar.  Let butter sit out for half an hour to an hour first to soften.

2.      Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each.  (*Add choc. if doing choc. cake)

3.      Add baking powder and salt, beat well. 

4.      Beating just enough to mix (do not overbeat), add part of the flour, then part of the milk, repeating 3-4 times until all is mixed in.

5.      Add the vanilla. 

6.      Bake in greased (I use butter) and floured pan.  Cake is done when toothpick comes out clean. 

For 9” round layers bake for 25 minutes              For 10” tube pan bake for 40 minutes

For 9x13 pan bake for 30 minutes                        For cupcakes bake for 18-19 minutes

*If making a chocolate cake, add 3 TB cocoa or 1 ½ blocks of chocolate, melted. 

Butter Frosting    or                                   1.5 times recipe

6 TB butter                                                    9 TB butter (1 stick plus 1 TB)

2 cups powdered sugar                                 3 cups powdered sugar

4 TB milk, divided                                        6 TB milk, divided  

1 ½ tsp. Vanilla                                             2  1/4  tsp. vanilla

In a large mixing bowl cream butter till light and fluffy.  Gradually add half the powdered sugar, beating well.  Beat in 2 TB milk and the vanilla.  Gradually add the remaining powdered sugar, beating constantly.  Beat in enough milk to make frosting of spreading consistency.  If adding liquid for color, such as juice from frozen strawberries or raspberries, sub the juice for the milk until you reach the desired color. 

Note:  You can buy a bunny shaped cake pan and plastic googly eyes at Wal-Mart. (craft section).  Grease generously with oil and flour.

The frosting is a little thin because of all the butter so it's easiest to make the cake in a pan instead of a layer cake, but a layer cake is still doable. Or you could use chocolate frosting instead. 

Chocolate Frosting

Here's a bunny cake I made for my son's 2nd birthday.

Feingold Stage 1

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