Yesterday was the 8th anniversary of moving into our home, and my kids were home from school, so I decided to let them decorate cakes for an afternoon project to celebrate our home's birthday. The photo above is the girls' cake. My boys did a cake with an undersea theme. They all had a great time planning and decorating. This recipe makes a wonderful cake. I used whole wheat flour, because that's all I have, and it was great. Whole wheat won't give you as fine a texture as cake flour, but when you're eating cake, you have to take all the extra health benefits you can get. Totally worth it! :)
White Layer Cake
2 1/4 cups sifted flour
1 1/2 cups sugar (yikes! you could probably cut this down a bit)
3 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cups milk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 egg whites, at room temperature (I get these out and let them sit while I mix the rest of the cake)
Preheat oven to 350. Spray 2 round pans or one 9x13 with cooking spray. Sift flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Add butter, milk, and vanilla.
Beat on low until blended. Then beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Add unbeaten egg whites and mix 2 minutes longer at medium speed.
Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 25-30 minutes, depending on the pans used, until light golden brown. Cool and frost.