Sunday, April 17, 2011

Moist Vanilla Cake and Chocolate Icing

Vanilla cake.

Chocolate icing.

How was your day going before you read those four words? And how about now?

The evocative power of words isn't a secret to anyone. You say sun, I think "hanging out at a café terrasse". You say work, I think "not hanging out at a terrasse". (Sun always wins, somehow.)

When I hear the words vanilla cake and chocolate icing together, in the space of a few seconds, I think of a fork. Of a mouth. Of my mouth.

Oh, and I also think of pink balloons, confetti, and trampolines. How about you?

Vanilla cake is like finding out you won something in a random drawing. It's sheer happiness, and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. A lot of desserts actually make me feel like that, but vanilla cake is like adding a comforter and a soft pillow to all the greatness. Even better

The chocolate icing on top brings this moist vanilla cake up a notch, into the realm of "I could actually eat this forever and ever." Who cares about a stomach ache? Psh. I can deal with it for the sake of wrapping myself in bliss and an imaginary comforter.

Let me know if you need help eating cake one of these days.

Moist Vanilla Cake
adapted from Martha Stewart by way of Eleni
serves 6 as a small cake

1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. + 2 TB all-purpose flour
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 TS vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 TS baking powder
pinch salt
1/4 c. milk

Preheat oven to 325°F / 160°C.

Grease and flour a 4-inch cake pan or a pan of corresponding size.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until incorporated.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt. Add to butter mixture, alternating with milk. 

Pour into pan and bake until top is golden and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan.

Chocolate Icing
courtesy of Eleni

3/4 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. confectioner's sugar
1/2 TS vanilla
2 1/2 TB semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Beat butter, vanilla, and chocolate together.

Add sugar until you achieve desired consistency. Spread on cake or eat with a spoon!
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Paris Pastry said...

My day is certainly going much better after reading this mouthwatering post! Nothing like a classic vanilla cake with chocolate frosting!

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

Sounds like a great classic! Love the sound of it being moist.

Kris Ngoei said...

These 4 words bring me a relaxing mode of wanting to indulge in dessert and ignoring the hassles that are happening around me. For a moment, life seems so pretty and nice :-)

Jennifurla said...

Yes yes, now I want some with your great description.

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

LOL! I agree my day just got better!
Your cake looks divine!

Anonymous said...

Looks delicious! Love that chocolate icing. :)

Mary said...

My day would be better still if I could taste rather than read about this lovely cake. It really sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Juliana said...

Well, it sure would make my day better if I could have a slice of this cake...the cake looks delicious. Hope you are having a great week Lucie :-)

grace said...

this is the quintessential party cake as far as i'm concerned, but i don't require a party to make and feast upon it. :)

Reeni said...

Vanilla and chocolate were made for each other! Delectable!