I've been baking a cake a week for many more weeks than I should have. There have been seven cakes.
|The first cake, glazed with a lemon syrup|
|The second cake, plain|
|Another cake right out of the oven.|
|cooled and ready for glaze|
|covered in an orange liqueur glaze|
|And another . . . Let Them Eat Cake!|
|a strawberry glaze makes it ideal|
|and one with a dusting of powdered sugar|
This recipe that I will share with you is my new "THE one."
|"THE one" with lemon glaze|
It is a version of the Swansdown's 1-2-3-4 Cake. Aha! The secret to my success. I made a few tweaks, but my cake is based on the original. You can find the original recipe at Swansdown.com and many other variations on the Internet. My recipe follows:
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups white granulated sugar
3 cups sifted cake flour
4 large eggs at room temperature
1 cup milk
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tps vanilla extract
1 tps lemon extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Butter and lightly flour a 10 inch tube pan or bundt pan.
Sift the cake flour, then lightly spoon into measuring cup for 3 cups.
In large mixing bowl cream butter and gradually add sugar, creaming until light and fluffy.
Add eggs one at a time to creamed mixture blending after each addition.
Sift the sifted cake flour with baking powder and salt. Add the extracts to the milk.
Add flour mixture alternately with milk mixture to the creamed mixture, just until combined, starting and ending with flour (three additions of flour, two of milk). Do not over mix the batter! It will make the cake dry.
Pour into prepared pan. Bake at 325 degrees for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a tester inserted into the cake comes out clean.
Cool in pan 15 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan and continue cooling on rack.
That's it! You can serve it plain, ice it or glaze it. Your choices are unlimited. I vary the amounts and flavors of extracts depending the flavor cake I'm making. My usual formula is 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tbs of lemon because I am partial to lemon cakes on which I drizzle a lemon glaze.
Easy Lemon Glaze
2 cups confectioners sugar
3 to 4 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice (start with 3 tbs, adjust based on desired consistency)
Combine and use a wire whisk to mix until smooth. Drizzle it over the cake.
I may have gotten the pictures out of order. I do know that somewhere along the way I discovered the secret and finally baked "THE one." The lemon glazed one above, pictured twice, is one of THE ones I made from my tweaked version of the 1-2-3-4-Cake.
Last week I gave you ice cream. This week I give you THE cake. Enjoy!
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