Master Recipe for Celebration Cakes

Master Recipe for Celebration Cakes
Servings: 12 Yield: two 9-inch-round cakes, or two 9-inch-square cakes, or one 13 x 9 x 2-inch cake Prep 20 mins Bake 350°F 25 mins to 45 mins depending on pan used

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

Make It

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 9 x 2-inch-round cake pans, or two 9 x 9 x 2-inch-square cake pans, or one 13 x 9 x 2-inch cake pan. Line with waxed paper; grease paper.

2. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt in medium-size bowl.

3. Beat together butter and sugar in large bowl until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping down side of bowl with rubber spatula as needed. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until blended. Beat in vanilla. Alternately stir in flour mixture and milk, beginning and ending with flour, just until mixed. Pour batter into prepared pans, dividing equally.

Bake in 350 degree F oven:

4. 9-inch-round cakes 25 to 30 minutes; 9-inch-square cakes 35 to 40 minutes; 13 x 9 x 2-inch cake 45 to 50 minutes; or until wooden pick tests clean. Cool cakes in pans on rack 5 minutes. Remove cakes to rack to cool. Makes 12 servings (two 9-inch-round cakes, or two 9-inch-square cakes, or one 13 x 9 x 2-inch cake).