Vanilla Cake

This is the best vanilla cake hands down. Yes I am biased but WOW. This is an amazingly dense yet light weight cake! The lemon vanilla frosting is light and tangy which lightens the pound like cake below. I paired my cake with sweet yellow nectarines as a boost of tangy flavor in every bite!

I am a sucker for a good cake. I am usually a chocolate cake craver, but I was in the mood for an epically decadent vanilla cake. There truly isn't anything better than a sweet cool cake on a hot summer day! This cake will be a absolute hit at any party or just for yourself! 

Below is the recipe for a double teared 4 inch cake!

Vanilla Cake:                                                                     

In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and the sugar

Add in the eggs one at a time, and beat until combined

Next, stir in the baking powder, salt, vanilla and 1/2 cup of the flour

Add the flour in slowly and as the batter thickens, pour in the heavy cream

The batter will be pale in color and thick

 

For the frosting,  whip the powdered sugar, and the butter with a whisk attachment until smooth

Add in the vanilla and the cream and keep whipping until there is not excess liquid and the frosting is smooth

Lastly, pour in the lemon juice and the lemon zest and keep whipping

When it is smooth and all incorporated wait to frost the cake until it is fully cool (about 40 minutes)

- 1 stick unsalted butter 

- 1 1/2 cups flour

- 1 tsp baking powder

- 1/4 tsp salt

-3/4 cup sugar

-2 large eggs

-1 tbsp vanilla extract

- 1/2 cup heavy cream

Lemon Zest Frosting:

 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

- 1 tbsp unsalted cold butter

- 2 tbsp milk (or heavy cream)

- 1 tbsp vanilla extract

- 1 tbsp lemon juice

- 1 tsp lemon zest

Topping:

- 1 sliced ripe yellow nectarine

- Mix the butter, and 1/2 cup of powdered sugar in a mixing bowl until a small paste forms

- Add the milk and fold in the remainder of the sugar

- Fold in the lemon zest and lemon juice

- Finally, add the vanilla extract and beat until a frosting like texture forms (about 4 minutes)