Happy 4th of July! We hope you are having a fun, safe holiday weekend! Today I am bringing you a Vanilla Cake with Whipped Buttercream Frosting that is great on it's own or would be good with some strawberries and blueberries on top for a festive 4th of July dessert.
After several tries, I have found a vanilla cake that I like. This is slightly adapted from the cake recipe I used for the Boston Cream Pie Poke Cake. This version is lighter and not as dense as that cake recipe. With the whipped buttercream on top, this is a delicious dessert, Sometimes I like whipped buttercream better than basic buttercream because whipping it gives it a fluffier texture and it isn't so heavy.
You definitely need to refrigerate this cake after it is cooled and frosted. But I have found that when it is time to serve it, the cake is best after it has been out of the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes.
For the Cake:
2 sticks butter, softened to room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 Tblsp vanilla
1 1/4 c all purpose flour
1/2 c white whole wheat flour
1 Tblsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
For the Frosting:
1/2 cup (1 stick butter), softened to room temperatue
4 cups powdered sugar
4 Tblsp milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
To make the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar on medium speed. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, stir together the all purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, baking powder and salt.
Pour 1/3 of flour mixture into butter and sugar mixture and mix on low speed. When it is combined, mix in 1/2 of the milk. Mix in 1/3 of flour mixture, then the rest of the milk and finally the rest of the flour mixture. Pour into greased dish.
Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees, then lower the temperature to 325 degrees and bake for another 10 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip butter, 1 cup of powdered sugar and 1 Tblsp milk on medium speed until creamy. Whip in the rest of the powdered sugar and milk, one cup of powdered sugar and 1 Tblsp of milk at a time. When that is all added, mix in salt and vanilla and whip until desired consistency, about 3 minutes.
Cooking everything in casserole dishes!
With busy lives & sometimes quick meals, we mom & daughters team are always looking for healthy, tasty & convenient dishes to serve our family. So, please join us as we share everything from appetizers to main dishes & desserts!