Monday, July 11, 2016

Sunday Dessert

When we still lived in Maryland, about 15 minutes from my parents, every Sunday would find us at Mom's for was a ritual.  I miss those days and wish our family was close enough to carry this tradition on.

Mom would make a big dinner and either I went over early to help with cooking and baking, or I brought the dessert.  Dessert changed seasonally from fruit pies, cakes, bread pudding, etc. and even though I'm not usually a cake person, I do like to surprise the family every now and again.  Chocolate would be my choice, but yesterday I went with a White Cake since I had been accumulating egg whites this past week.  I didn't have enough for Angel Food Cake, which is one of my hubby's favorites, but I did have enough to make my favorite white cake.  Of course, I had to elevate the flavor and split the layers to spread some homemade strawberry jam on and to top it off, I shaved bittersweet chocolate on the top.    I've discovered a fantastic white icing from King Arthur's Sift magazine and it was a perfect ending to our Sunday dinner.

White Cake with Fluffy White Buttercream Frosting
12 T (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
6 large egg whites
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp. Vanilla extract
2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Spray 2--8 or 9-inch cakes pans, line the bottom with parchment paper and spray again with a baking spray.

In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy--about 5 minutes.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the vanilla extract.  Mix once again.

Mix the dry ingredients together.  Whisk the egg whites and milk together to combine.  Add the flour mixture and milk mixture alternatively, starting and ending with the flour mixture.  Beat one minute more.

Divide the batter evenly among the cake pans.  Bake in the preheated oven 28 to 32 minutes or until the tops spring back when touched with your fingers and the cake starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.  Remove from the oven and cool about 5 minutes, then invert onto parchment-lined racks to cool completely.

Fluffy White Buttercream Frosting
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup meringue powder
1 T vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (icing sugar)
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve the sugar and salt into the boiling water.  Cool to room temperature.  Add the meringue powder and use to mixer to beat on slow speed for several minutes, until the powder is dissolved and the mixture is foamy.  Increase the speed and beat until soft peaks form.

Beat in vanilla, then the confectioners' sugar.  Add the soften butter a few tablespoons at a time, berating well after each addition.

Once the cake was cooled completely, I split the layers with a serrated knife.  I piped a border around the first layer so the strawberry jam would not ooze out and mix with the frosting.  Then, I set the top layer on and spread the buttercream frosting on it.  I repeated the jam between the second layer as I did with the bottom one.  Finally, I frosted the entire cake and even had enough to add some decorative borders.  I had a bar of bittersweet chocolate that I had soften slightly in the microwave (only about 7-10 seconds), then I used peeler to shave some chocolate on top.
Adding details to your baked goods makes all the difference!  My grands are coming in August and I've told them we'll celebrate their birthdays then since we can't seem to get together on their actual dates.  They will be able to each choose what cake they want just like I was able to growing up.  (Invest in some 6-inch cake pans and this is a fun way enjoy a variety of cakes).  What is your favorite cake? Enjoy!


  1. You continue to amaze me with your talent for baking!!

  2. When my hubby and I were dating, my Mom would fix Sunday dinner for us. He would bring Boston Cream Pie every time :-) Your cake looks so delicious.

    1. Love Boston Cream Pie; one of my favorites too with that luscious pastry cream center!

  3. I miss those Sunday dinners at home as well, dear Susan. Your cake reminds me of an iced Victoria Sponge. The chocolate shavings make it just right for the chocolate lovers. I think my favorite cake is a pound cake with no icing as I'm not a big fan of all that sweetness.
    I know you are looking forward to the grands visit. They will adore choosing their cakes. xoxo ♥

    1. Pound cake is our favorite too. I think as I have grown older I appreciate the simple things. If I want to make it special, I can add some sliced fruit!

  4. Beautiful cake--I used to make homemade b-day cakes for both of my children each year--I think I should now start to make them for the hubster and moi...lovely hugs, Julierose

  5. I love a delicious pound cake best of all. I love a buttercream frosting on a wedding-type cake. You must be getting so excited for the grands coming. Sounds as if they have much to look forward to!

    1. We're going to have so much fun and the highlight will be the birthday celebrations. I love pound cake too and had made one just the week before.

  6. Susan! I gain weight everytime I visit you!!!! This cake is a must-make! My very favorite! Copying this recipe now for the first day of fall! Thank you love!!!!

  7. This cake looks divine! I remember the cake my Aunt Stella used to make for birthdays.... my fave! It was chocolate cake with chocolate pudding in between the layers, frosted with a whipped cream frosting! Served ice cold from the fridge! YUM!

  8. oh my goodness! white cake with strawberry jam inside and buttercream icing...this just sounds wonderful. I could go for a piece right now with my tea.
    stamping sue