2 2/3 cups cake flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 stick salted butter, room temperature
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 egg whites
2 tbsp vanilla paste (my favorite, but you can use vanilla extract if you don’t have paste – but really, i think the paste makes the cake, so buy it ahead of time or order on amazon)
1 cup buttermilk (or whole milk)
>also: see tips section for how to make your own buttermilk in a pinch.
2 sticks salted butter, room temperature
4-6 cups powdered sugar
3 tsp vanilla paste (or extract)
2-3 tbsp milk or half + half
1. preheat oven to 350.
butter & flour two 8-inch round cake pans.
2. in a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. in another large deep bowl or the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy, about 4 to 5 minutes. scrape the sides and the bottom of the bowl halfway through.
remove bowl from mixture (or set aside hand mixer) and finish blending the ingredients with a spatula.divide the batter between the two cake pans.
remove from the oven and let cool on wire racks. allow to cool completely before frosting.￼
when i am making frosting, it is more of a loose recipe..
put out butter on the kitchen counter to come to room temperature at least 3-4 hours in advance. once the sticks are at room temp, place them in the bowl of a mixer or a deep mixing bowl. beat until light and fluffy. add 1 cup of powdered sugar. beat well. and 1 more cup and beat well. add vanilla and milk (or half + half). add 1 cup powdered sugar and beat well. repeat once more. then repeat as necessary to get to the consistency you like for your frosting.