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Food and Recipe Easy Strawberry Vanilla Layer Cake

Discussion in 'Lifestyle & Healthy Living' started by Yours, Apr 8, 2016.

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    Easy Strawberry Vanilla Layer Cake

    Serves: one 9" x 13" cake, 24 cupcakes, two 9" round layers, or three 8" round layers

    2 cups Organic sugar
    3¼ cups Organic Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
    2½ teaspoons baking powder
    1 teaspoon salt
    ¾ cup unsalted butter, soft
    1¼ cups milk, at room temperature
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    4 large eggs

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour your choice of pan(s): one 9" x 13" pan, two 9" round cake pans, three 8" round pans, or the wells of two muffin tins (24 muffin cups). You can also line the muffin tins with papers, and spray the insides of the papers.
    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt.
    Add the butter and beat with an electric mixer on low speed, until the mixture looks sandy.
    Combine the milk and vanilla and add, all at once. Mix at low speed for 30 seconds, then increase the speed to medium and beat for 30 seconds.
    Scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing bowl.
    With the mixer running at low speed, add 1 egg. Increase the speed to medium and beat for 30 seconds.
    Repeat this procedure with the second egg. Continue adding the eggs, scraping after each addition, until all 4 are added.
    After the last egg is added, scrape the bowl once more, then beat at medium-high speed for 30 more seconds.
    Transfer the batter to the pans of your choice. For layers, divide the batter among the pans. Smooth out the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a tablespoon. For cupcakes, scoop by heaping ¼-cupfuls into the prepared muffin tins.
    Bake for 40 minutes for a 9" x 13" pan; 27 minutes for 9" layers; 24 minutes for 8" layers, or 23 to 25 minutes for cupcakes.
    The cake is done when it's golden brown around the edges and just beginning to pull away from the edge of the pan. A toothpick inserted in the center will come out clean.
    Remove the cake from the oven and place it on a rack to cool before removing it from the pan.
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