vanilla birthday cake

ingredients 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…

carrot almond cake

so i have to admit, i don’t go bonkers over the traditional carrot cake. i know i know, sorry, i’m totally un-american. the one with pineapple in it and all the rich, thick cream cheese frosting – it’s way too much for me. i much prefer something simpler, not too much topping, and if it…

pumpkin vanilla cinnamon roll cake

my husband and i just went to our first holiday dinner party of the season with a handful of our closest friends. it was potluck-style, so each of us girls brought several dishes. i brought the i-can’t-stop-eating-it marinated cheese,  sweet potato pudding and this amazing dessert from the picky palate. it’s now one of my favorite holiday…