Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Bakery Style White Cake {Perfect for Layers!}

A delicious white cake that has a great texture and is sturdy enough for stacking layers. It's perfect for diy wedding cakes, fun birthday cakes or any special occasion! 




      A perfect white cake is hard to beat. Whether you are looking for a wedding cake, birthday cake or just because cake, this is a perfect cake for stacking tall. It is moist, has great texture and can stand up to multiple layers.


      If you are used to baking cakes from mixes, don't run. If you think just because this cake is from scratch that it's not worth the effort, you are wrong!




  Homemade cakes do not have to be fussy or hard. This cake is really simple, uses straight forward ingredients and there's no steps that involve gently folding or whipping to stiff peaks. 

     If you are used to traditional cake recipes, this one is going to look a little strange to you.  A lot of recipes involve creaming the butter and sugar. Then you mix in the liquid. Lastly you add the flour and dry ingredients and mix as little as possible to avoid developing the gluten. 




     This recipe does it backwards. You mix together the dry ingredients first. Then you beat in the butter.

     Coating the flour with the fat keeps the cake from getting tough. Then you can add the wet ingredients and really beat it up good.
    


     This allows you to whip in some air without worry. Plus it results  in a soft cake with plenty of moisture and a nice crumb. 

     The best part is the mixer does most of the work.  All you have to do is add ingredients. 

    After accepting the challenge (and honor) of making my brother's wedding cake, I went on a mission to find the perfect cake recipe to make it.




    I tried one that was loaded with sour cream and butter. I thought I was going to love it. Honestly, it was good but the texture wasn't quite what I had in mind. 

     Then I stumbled upon this white cake. The instructions were backwards from most recipes I had tried, so I was hoping that would unlock the secret to the cake I had in my head.

      It was darn close. I did add a bit of sour cream because I love the texture and flavor a bit of that, yogurt or buttermilk adds to baked goods. I also used a mix of flavoring to give it a subtle complexity. 




     The results were what I was looking for! Despite making tester cakes and the actual wedding cake, I never got pictures of the inside of the cake to show with you.

     So when my sister asked if I'd make my nephew's birthday cake and requested white cake, I knew exactly which recipe I'd make!




     This recipe works great for both occasions because it's the perfect amount of batter for two six inch cake layers and two eight inch cake layers. Great sizes for a two tier wedding cake or a smash cake and birthday cake.

    If you don't need tiers, you could definitely bake this as a nine inch cake instead. Just make two layers with a slightly longer bake time or three thinner layers and start checking them a few minutes early. 

   This cake is perfect for fun fillings as well. Homemade lemon curd and seedless raspberry preserves graced the inside of the wedding cake. 

    I torted, or cut the layers in half horizontally, the cake. That way there were two layers of lemon curd and one layer of raspberry in each cake. It also allowed for more of the perfect summer buttercream and a slightly taller cake with a big flavor punch.




     For the birthday cake, I kept it simple. The smash cake was just frosting and cake. For the big cake, I made a cheater bavarian cream recipe. The birthday boy's mom is the most picky eater of my siblings and I didn't want to accidentally pick a filling she doesn't like. 

    She tends to like things like spice cake, carrot cake and cinnamon rolls and I couldn't think of a good way to incorporate that into a filling.  She doesn't like berries and that is where my brain kept going. I thought about trying a different kind of curd, but didn't want to risk picking something that wouldn't be popular.

     So instead I made a really shortcut Bavarian cream for the filling.  The creamy vanilla goodness was the perfect compliment to the cake without being a distraction from the simplicity.




     For decoration, I kept it simple on the smash cake. Just white frosting and sprinkles. I didn't want to add too much food coloring to the frosting and end up dying my nephew all the colors of the rainbow if he did dive in face first!

    For the big cake, I went with blue, green and yellow frosting. I did a quick watercolor treatment around the sides of the cake and did a number 1 on the top. 




    I used a 1 cookie cutter to give myself a guide, then piped some white frosting as a base. It gave the finished product more lift. Then just randomly piped on dollops of the colored frosting.

   For the outside of the cake, I started with a white base then piped on random stripes of the colored frosting. Spin the cake using a offset spatula or bench scrape to smooth the frosting and remove the excess. I quickly piped on a bottom border because sometimes I just don't know when to stop. 





Tips and tricks

  • The key to nice layers is starting with an even cake. Use wet strips of towel or bake even strips to keep the cakes from doming while baking. 
  • If your cakes do dome, carefully trim them so you can stack them into a nice level cake. Scraps can be the baker's bonus treat or could be made into cake balls.
  • If you have a six quart mixer, that would be best. I have made it in my four and a half quart mixer and it is doable, but you'll want to be careful to add the wet ingredients just a bit at a time to avoid to much sloshing over.
  • Start watching your cake a few minutes early as all ovens are a bit different.
  • If you do overbake your cake or it looks dry, brush it with simple syrup to give it a little moisture back. Syrup should not be necessary though.
  • You can make the cakes ahead of time if you know time will be tight getting ready for the party. Just wrap them tightly in several layers of plastic wrap and freeze. I usually put mine in the fridge to start defrosting then frost and decorate them the next day.
  • Just have fun with it! No cake is perfect and nobody will notice any imperfections but you.



Great frosting recipes for white layer cakes:



     So now you have a perfect white layer cake recipe. What event will you make it for?


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Bakery Style White Cake {Perfect for Layers!}
dessert, cake
American
Yield: 2 6" layers and 2 8" layers or one tall 9" cake

Bakery Style White Cake {Perfect for Layers!}

A delicious white cake that has a great texture and is sturdy enough for stacking layers. It's perfect for diy wedding cakes, fun birthday cakes or any special occasion!
prep time: 15 minscook time: 55 minstotal time: 70 mins

ingredients:


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons princess, creme boquet, lemon or almond
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 Tablespoon sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup butter, softened

instructions


  1. In a large mixer bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. 
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together vegetable oil, milk, egg whites,  sour cream and flavorings.  Set aside. 
  3. With the mixer running, drop a Tablespoon or two of butter into the flour mixture at a time. Keep mixing until the mixture is crumbly. 
  4. Add the wet ingredients a little bit at a time, mixing until combined after each addition. Be sure to scrape the sides occasionally as you go. 
  5. Once all of the liquid ingredients are added, beat on medium for 7 minutes. 
  6. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 F and prepare 2 6" cake pans and 2 9" cake pans with grease and cake strips. 
  7. Spread batter in prepared pans and bake until finished, about 45-50 minutes for the 6 inch pans and 50-55 minutes for the 8 inch pans. 
  8. Cool in the pans for about 10 minutes and then invert them onto baking racks to cool completely. 
  9. Frost when cooled or wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until ready to use. 
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Shared at The Weekend Potluck 
and Meal Plan Monday

17 comments:

  1. Loving those layers!!! You're the BEST Cake Baker I know!! Perfect lil first birthday cake and so fun..I want a slice, lol!

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    1. Thank you so much! I would happily share, you need to move closer!

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  2. Carlee - This cake is beautiful!!! I am going to have to try and bake this, as the method is so interesting to me! And, I am always looking for scratch white cake recipes.

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    1. Thank you! the method is definitely different than most cakes I've baked, but I really like the results. I've made it quite a few times over the last few months and have always been very pleased!

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  3. This is so pretty and I love a basic recipe to put all those delicious frostings in and around it!

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    1. Me too! I love having something that will go with anything. Just imagine all of the frosting/filling combinations we could come up with!

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  4. What a great birthday cake, my husbands favorite cake from his childhood. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday, we sure enjoyed your post!
    Miz Helen

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    1. My dad and aunt still think white cake and white frosting is the ultimate combination!

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  5. I bake a lot of cakes, but I've never baked a white cake. I'd like to give it a try.

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    1. You definitely should! It is a great cake to have in your arsenal!

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  6. Carlee, this cake sounds delicious! A good white cake is always good to have in your recipe book. You decorated those cakes so beautifully! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Whimsical Wednesdays Link Party. :-D

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    1. Thank you so much! I am trying to get more comfortable decorating and not just baking and slopping on some frosting. It is fun though my skills are still very limited!

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  7. Your cakes are beautiful. A white layer cake is a necessity for any good cook. Thank you for the recipe.

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  8. Congratulations on the feature on Foodie Friday!

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  9. This cake's texture looks perfect. Light and delicious.

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