Lauren’s First Cake

IMG_2394Lauren has recently become enamored of the Food Network’s show that showcases eleven and twelve year olds in baking competitions.

When they arrived on the cape this week for a visit, she unpacked her apron and said that she wanted to bake a cake. To be specific, a vanilla cake with yellow icing.

I have a number of cake recipes, some of which are fairly complicated.  But I was aiming for something simple that Lauren wouldn’t find overwhelming for her first venture, so I headed for the King Arthur Flour 200’th Anniversary Cookbook. This recipe for “Basic Butter Cake” is not only simple, it’s delicious. Every bit as good as some far more complicated recipes. She was justly proud of her finished cake, and we were all delighted to have it for dessert.


1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla


1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour two 8″ cake pans.
2. Cream the softened butter and sugar with a mixer until light and fluffy.
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until they are fully incorporated.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together.
5. Pour the milk into a measuring cup. Add the vanilla.
6. Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture alternately with the milk. Mix just enough to combine all of the ingredients.
7. Pour into the two prepared pans. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until a tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for about five minutes before turning out onto a rack to cool completely.
8. Make a super simple frosting:

stick of butter, melted
box of powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
food coloring of choice

1, Melt butter in the microwave in a heat proof mixing bowl.
2. Using a mixer, add the powdered sugar, alternating with the milk, until you reach a spreading consistency. Add the vanilla during the last stages of mixing.
3. Put in the food coloring a few drops at a time until you’re happy with the color.

9. Frost when the cake is completely cooled.

About Mary Jane

I am a retired English teacher. My husband, Frank, and I have lived on Cape Cod since 2000. I am a lifelong bread baker and writer and have been posting a blog on Falmouth Patch for the last few years. Savory Seasons has been largely devoted to recipes and food in general. I am hoping to expand my focus in this new blog.
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1 Response to Lauren’s First Cake

  1. JoAnn says:

    Lauren has her grandmother’s genes and talent. What great memories you are creating together!

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