Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2 1/2 cups cake flour

  2. 1 tablespoon baking powder

  3. 1 teaspoon salt

  4. 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (see tips)

  5. 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  6. 5 large eggs

  7. 1 cup milk

  8. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Remove butter and eggs from refrigerator about 2 hours before starting recipe. Heat the oven to 350 °F (175°C) . Adjust oven rack to the middle position. Butter two 9-inch cake pans, cover the bottom of each pan with a circle of parchment, butter the parchment and coat the pan with flour, shaking out the excess. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed for 30 seconds. Continue beating and gradually add the sugar. Beat until light-colored, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. The mixture should appear thick and dull. If it appears separated or grainy and shiny, the butter and/or eggs were too cold. To remedy this, wrap the bowl with a kitchen towel soaked with hot water and continue mixing. Scrape down the sides of the bowl when necessary. Add about 1/3 of both the flour mixture and milk and beat on low speed or by hand until just incorporated. Add the vanilla and then the remaining flour and milk in two batches, beating between additions. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and stir by hand to finish. Divide the batter between the prepared pans. Twist the pans back and forth on the work surface to distribute batter and then smooth surface with a rubber spatula. Place pans in oven a few inches apart, and bake for about 30 minutes, rotating the pans 180 degrees after 15 minutes. Check the cake after 22 minutes. The top of the cake should be golden brown and spring back when lightly pressed in the center, and a cake tester should come out clean. The cakes should start shrinking back from the sides of the pan. Remove the pans to a cooling rack. Let rest for 5 minutes. Run a small knife or metal spatula around the sides of the pans and invert cakes onto lightly greased racks. Remove parchment paper. Reinvent cakes onto cooling rack. Let cool for at least 1 1/2 hours or until completely cooled.


Send feedback