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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Classic Yellow Half Birthday Cake



    Somebody super cute and very special had a half birthday recently!  MiMi always made us half birthday cakes when we were kids, so I wanted to carry on the tradition.  Any excuse for cake, am I right?!  I did think in moderation though and really only made a half of a cake, rather than making a "half" cake that was really just twice as tall.  Though the thought did cross my  mind!


    Jax was happy to help.  He loves to be involved when I am in the kitchen.  He helped me get the ingredients in the bowl and was also quick to volunteer to like the paddle when we were done.  This makes a nice moist cake.  It is more dense than a box mix cake, but has a love of vanilla flavor.  I will happily make it again!  It is perfect that you can make just 1 9" round cake.  That way I don't end up overindulging quite as much!  Just PLEASE make sure your cake pan is at least 2" deep.  Otherwise make two thinner layers and reduce the baking time a bit. 


     I made a quick Mascarpone Frosting for the cake and topped it with some sprinkles at the half-birthday boy's request.  Afterall, everything is more fun with sprinkles.  I have to say the result was quite delicious.  Who's half birthday is next?! We're ready for more!

Classic Yellow Half Birthday Cake
makes 1 9" cake

Ingredients:

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 T vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 2/3 cups flour
1 cup sour cream

1 recipe Mascarpone Frosting
Sprinkles!

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Prepare a 9" round cake pan that is at least 2" deep.  You can grease and flour it, or I usually just use a spray with flour in it.
  2. Cream the butter for a minute.  Add sugar and cream until completely incorporated.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time.  Beat well after each addition and scrape the sides of the pan as you go.   Turn the mixer to high and whip for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the vanilla, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Mix until combined.
  5. Add 2/3 cup flour, mixing until just combined.  Then stir in 1/2 cup sour cream.  Add 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 cup sour cream and then the last 1/2 cup flour, stirring until just combined after each addition.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.  
  7. Cool for 10 minutes before turning the cake onto a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.
  8. When cake is completely cooled, frost and add sprinkles!





Recipe adapted from: Bunny's Warm Oven





12 comments:

  1. What a sweet and brilliant idea!! And YUM!!

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    1. Thank you, this is definitely one of the fun traditions from my childhood that I couldn't wait to do with Jax!

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  2. This looks really nice ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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  3. Super cute idea! And this sounds SO tasty. Definitely going to give this cake recipe a try :)

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    1. It is a fun tradition! I hope you love the cake!

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  4. What a great recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and come back to see us real soon.
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thanks Miz Helen! Half birthdays are one of my favorite childhood traditions!

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  5. Super cute idea! I love just about any kind of cake, so this one is a must try. Thanks for sharing your idea and your recipe with us at Funtastic Friday.

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    1. Me too! I love the half cake tradition and am excited to keep it going. Thanks for hosting!

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  6. That half is so important to children isn't it! I did a half birthday cake for my eldest's first birthday but haven't since. We have the full birthdays coming up soon though. Thanks for sharing the recipe with the Blog Fair.

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    1. When you're only a couple of years old, every half makes a big difference! I just love doing the half cake. I always thought it was so much fun as a kid too!

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