Monday, February 8, 2010

White Cake for Valentine's Day

Being unable to do a lot, I'm instead thinking ahead to next weekend. You all have Marti5515 to thank for this. She found a white cake recipe I posted and asked a question, which caused me to decide that this would make a lovely Valentine's Day cake.

First, the cake recipe:

ONE BOWL WHITE CAKE

2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup milk
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
4 egg whites

1 tsp vanilla extract

Sift together the flour, salt and sugar, and mix with the oil and 2/3 cup milk for one minute. Add the remaining ingredients and beat at high speed for 2 to 3 minutes, until the mixture is well combined and somewhat fluffy. Pour into a Bundt pan and bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes, a sheet cake pan and bake 35 to 38 minutes, or two layer pans and bake (I think) 28 to 32 minutes, or until the cake tests done. Yes, Marti, this cake does call for two additions of milk, the second being with the egg whites, for a total of 1-1/6 cup milk. And given the rarity of a white cake made in one bowl, it's a wonderful recipe.
If you didn't try this when I first posted it, I'd recommend you try it now! It really is good.

My plan is to bake this in layers, which I rarely do, whip some cream and stir in sliced strawberries for between the layer, then make strawberry flavored icing tinted pink (using the lovely strawberry extract I recently found at Spice Barn com). My dearly beloved will adore it, as will Ryan. My baby will say it's OK, and Patrick will likely hate it. That's OK, he hates everything. I'll be sure to post a picture or two of the finished product, presuming I have the energy to keep up with my ambitious plans!

16 comments:

gaylen said...

I have *never* made a cake that didn't start in a box - how sad is that? Since we'll be in Canada over V-day. I won't be making this one either.

I'll look forward to your experiment. g

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Sounds like it will look beautiful and taste delicious!

** I've gone back to read past posts, but I can't find what you had done :( grrrr...so sorry I'm not up on why your energy is down....but I hope you are feeling stronger by Valentines Day :)

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Thank you for the email Marjie, and oh my I understand now! You really want to listen to the doctors orders so you heal well..... you could for this time make a boxed cake :0, wouldn't be as delicious as your homemade one but your back would love you:) Take Care

George Gaston said...

Marjie, you are going to get a lot of offers to "be my valentine" if you save them a slice of that delicious cake ~ ME INCLUDED!

Thanks for the terrific recipe...

Pam said...

I love a recipe that can be made in one bowl!

Keep taking it easy!

Pam said...

This would be perfect for Valentines Day - I love white cake.

I hope your back is feeling better.

Channon said...

Pace yourself, and you can do it! I might have to try your recipe too...

TavoLini said...

mmm strawberries! That makes me think of spring :) What an elegantly simple cake.

Hey--I think my post was misunderstood...we weren't making fun of old trucks, we were mourning the loss of ours! Someone stole our 15 year old sweetie...it's been a sad weekend here. We made that poster and put it on all the lightposts and under windshields around here. Hopefully it'll turn up.

The Blonde Duck said...

How can he hate everything you cook? I'd be 400 lbs.

I hope you feel better!

Kitty M said...

Wow this looks lovely - a pink, strawberry cake for Valentines is my kind of cake :-)

Jan Mader said...

This looks wonderful! I'm going to give it a try!

noble pig said...

Oh I love it!! Sign me up.

Nichole said...

YUM!

Tobi said...

Looks great, Marjie - I can't wait to try it!

elbouwii said...

whooooow that looks great :D

Kissslobbers
El'bow & Hauwii

grace said...

egg whites annoy me, but i think certain occasions call for the extra effort. this cake is downright lovely, marjie--pure and pretty. your strawberry idea sounds marvelous!