Vanilla Layer Cake

Classic White Cake layers & Sweet American Buttercream

About This Cake:

  • makes three 9 inch cakes * I have cut off the golden edges around the cake (optional step)*
  • American buttercream: consists of unsalted butter, icing sugar, milk, and vanilla extract
  • American buttercream is very sweet! Swiss buttercream could be made alternatively
  • light and fluffy cake
  • no butter cake! only a flour mixture with eggs, oil , and milk
  • truly just like a copycat box mix recipe

Method: the truly copycat “box mix” cakes

the cakes are a simple dry mixture of; cake flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar combined with a wet mixture of; eggs, milk or water and oil. Therefore, it is truly a copycat box mix recipe from scratch. Perfect for those who love the light fluffy cakes they produce!

Step 1)

In a medium bowl the cake flour, baking powder, salt and granulated sugar get whisked together and set aside. So simple!

Step 2)

I n a large bowl or a large glass measuring cup the wet mixture in made by whisking 3 eggs, about a cup of milk, and 1/3 cup of oil with vanilla extract fro flavour.

Step 4)

the large bowl now makes sense, as the dry ingredients get folded into the wet about 1/3 of the mixture at one time. Once fully smooth a semi thick batter should appear.

Step 5)

the oven in preheated to 350 Degrees F for 9 inch cakes or 325 for cupcakes or smaller cakes. The cake pans get gently greased and a parchment circe for the base is measured and placed.

Now the batter can be poured about half way and baked for ~25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out cleanly.

Step 6)

Once the cakes are out they can be set to cool on a cooling rack ( or in the pan) and once fully cool can be wrapped in plastic wrap and frozen overnight. ( see notes for freezing)

THE BUTTERCREAM

step 1)

make sure the unsalted butter in softened to room temp. before starting. IF it is too soft, do not worry, it can firm up in the fridge after a few minutes.

firstly, cream the butter until it looked like whipped butter without chunks. sift in the powdered sugar and use an electric mixer on low to do this. once half the powdered sugar has been added, pour in the milk and continue with both the electric mixer and powdered sugar. lastly add the vanilla and it’s all done! store in the fridge until the cakes are ready to be assembled.

Notes for Success

1)freezing the cakes: these can easily be made before hand and frozen. Be sure to let them cool completely before freezing or else moisture will form and make them soggy. Be sure to wrap them tightly, and let them thaw in room temp before assembling.

2)Buttercream may melt in room temp. if it’s a warmer day, so keep it in the fridge or use the fridge to firm it up is it was on the softer side.

3)Cake flour works best for producing light cakes, but all-purpose flour can work just as well for this recipe.

4)line the cake pans with both oil spray, butter, and a parchment circle for the base. Otherwise the cake may stick!

The Recipe
prep timebake time
15 mins25-30 mins
yields: three 9 inch cakes

Vanilla Layer Cake

Ingredients:

cake:

  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
  • 3 large  eggs 
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

buttercream:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 4-5 cups confections sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ~1/4 cup milk or heavy cream
Procedure:

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees F and grease your 9 inch cake pans as well as line them with parchment the size of the diameter and placed on the base. Set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, granulated sugar, and salt. Set aside. Now in a large bowl ,using an electric mixer on low, combine the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract.

In thirds, pour the dry mixture in the wet and simultaneously keep mixing with the electric mixer on low. Once a smooth batter rid of any lumps appears, the batter is complete!

Pour the batter into each pan evenly at about half way up the pan and bake for ~25-30 mins or until toothpick comes out clean.

Once out of the oven let the cake cool completely before decorating or freezing.

The Buttercream:

In a large bowl cream the unsalted butter until it looks whipped and air incorporated. Sift in the powdered sugar and simultaneously keep mixing with the electric mixture on low. Once half the powdered sugar has been added, pour in the milk. Continue with the powdered sugar and finally the vanilla until it is complete! assemble and decorate the cake or set in the fridge until you are ready to assemble.

Happy Baking!

Classic Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Your mouth will start to drool as these Cinnamon Rolls bake ! Truly a classic recipe that will impress the picky eaters as well as the sweet tooth eaters! Cinnamon, Browns sugar, butter, and that sweet sweet glaze, What’s not to love! So, Thrown on that apron and let’s get baking 🙂

The Method:

This recipe has a few crucial steps that are simply enough to master and create Classic Cinnamon buns just as you like them!

  1. The dough. It is so very important to allow the dough time to to rise and “set up” before you roll, spread, and cut into it. Moreover, please do not cut the time allotted for the dough to rise.

2. Kneading the dough. You will be amazed to see how the feeling of the dough will transform in only a few minutes of kneading, or allowing the stand mix to knead for you 🙂 The elasticity rebounds and the dough becomes a more smooth and workable dough after kneading. The key word: workable. We will be rolling the dough out, and therefore want it to become easy to maneuver. Kneading is your friend.

3.Roll and sprinkle. Here comes the fun! After all the rest and prep the dough is ready to be rolled, buttered, and cinnamon sugared. While rolling out the dough, it is at it’s largest once you can no longer roll and it starts to slink back. Note: The butter spread on the rolled out dough will see a lot. I assure you, the tase is worth the absorbent amount!

4.The slice. The part is pure magic! Seeing those cinnamon brown sugar swirls is just lovely. Tip: If you prefer larger rolls roll up the dough starting from the shorter end. (Ex) if it is ~14×9 inch larger rolls would be starting the roll up from the 9 inch side) Or more but smaller rolls would be starting the roll from the (14 inch side)

5. The last rise. Once cut and placed in the baking dish/pan, it is wise to let the rolls rise fro a further 20 mins. I have done this in the past and other times not, but find there is only slight difference. If you have the patience it is best, but not absolutely crucial !

6. Bake. Glaze. Enjoy

The Recipe:

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

Prep timeBake time Total Time
2 hrs~30-35 mins~2 30 mins
Yields 12 Medium or 8 Large rolls

Ingredients:

For The Dough:

  • 3/4 cup Warm milk (whole milk 2%)
  • 2 1/4 tsp quick rise or active yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups flour + extra for dusting and rolling
  • 3/4 tsp salt

For the Filling:

  • 2/3 light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 0z cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

OR Glaze Icing

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp water

Procedure:

Step 1)

Warm the milk so that it is warm but not too hot. This can be done in the microwave for ~40-45 seconds. This can also be done in a saucepan. The milk is perfect when small bubbles form, but it is not foamy over. Add the warm milk to a large bowl ( or stand mixer bowl if you have one) with the yeast. Add the sugar, egg, egg yolk, and melted butter. Mix until combined. Once done, add the flour and salt and mix until Dough starts to take a ball like shape.

Step 2)

Kneading the dough: Using a stand mixer you can add the attachment and knead for 8 minutes on medium. Or use your hands and knead for 8-10 minutes on a lightly floured surface. You will need to add flour as you knead ( It will be sticky). Do not fear adding flour as you knead.

Step 3)

Let it rise: Place the dough into a large bowl and cover with a tea towel. It will need 1 1/2 – 2 hours to rise (or once doubled in size) however, it can sit longer. A nice humid place for it to rise is in the oven on a super low temperature such as “keep Warm” or 150-175 degrees.

Step 4)

Now, Roll the dough on a floured surface into a ~14×9 inch rectangle. Spread the butter on the rectangle like spreading butter on bread. Leave a smaller un-butter frame around the edges. Sprinkle the cinnamon filling evenly all over in the same spots as the butter.

Step 5)

Roll up the dough: Start from the longer side (14 inch) if you want more but smaller rolls. Or start from the smaller (9inch) side if you want less but larger rolls 🙂 Slice and place in greased or parchment lined pan.

Step 6)

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden as you desire 🙂 Let cool for 5 mins . Enjoy!

The Cream Cheese Frosting or Glaze

Steps)

For either recipe mix all ingredients in the order they are listed. mix until clumps are gone.

*note: icing often has different consistencies based on preference. More or less water may be needed for desired thicknesses*

Classic Glazed Cinnamon Rolls

Your mouth will start to drool as these Cinnamon Rolls bake ! Truly a classic recipe that will impress the picky eaters as well as the sweet tooth eaters! Cinnamon, Browns sugar, butter, and that sweet sweet glaze, What’s not to love! So, Thrown on that apron and let’s get baking 🙂

The Method:

This recipe has a few crucial steps that are simply enough to master and create Classic Cinnamon buns just as you like them!

  1. The dough. It is so very important to allow the dough time to to rise and “set up” before you roll, spread, and cut into it. Moreover, please do not cut the time allotted for the dough to rise.

2. Kneading the dough. You will be amazed to see how the feeling of the dough will transform in only a few minutes of kneading, or allowing the stand mix to knead for you 🙂 The elasticity rebounds and the dough becomes a more smooth and workable dough after kneading. The key word: workable. We will be rolling the dough out, and therefore want it to become easy to maneuver. Kneading is your friend.

3.Roll and sprinkle. Here comes the fun! After all the rest and prep the dough is ready to be rolled, buttered, and cinnamon sugared. While rolling out the dough, it is at it’s largest once you can no longer roll and it starts to slink back. Note: The butter spread on the rolled out dough will see a lot. I assure you, the tase is worth the absorbent amount!

4.The slice. The part is pure magic! Seeing those cinnamon brown sugar swirls is just lovely. Tip: If you prefer larger rolls roll up the dough starting from the shorter end. (Ex) if it is ~14×9 inch larger rolls would be starting the roll up from the 9 inch side) Or more but smaller rolls would be starting the roll from the (14 inch side)

5. The last rise. Once cut and placed in the baking dish/pan, it is wise to let the rolls rise fro a further 20 mins. I have done this in the past and other times not, but find there is only slight difference. If you have the patience it is best, but not absolutely crucial !

6. Bake. Glaze. Enjoy

The Recipe:

Classic Cinnamon Rolls

Prep timeBake time Total Time
2 hrs~30-35 mins~2 30 mins
Yields 12 Medium or 8 Large rolls

Ingredients:

For The Dough:

  • 3/4 cup Warm milk (whole milk 2%)
  • 2 1/4 tsp quick rise or active yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 cups flour + extra for dusting and rolling
  • 3/4 tsp salt

For the Filling:

  • 2/3 light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 0z cream cheese
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

OR Glaze Icing

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-2 Tbsp water

Procedure:

Step 1)

Warm the milk so that it is warm but not too hot. This can be done in the microwave for ~40-45 seconds. This can also be done in a saucepan. The milk is perfect when small bubbles form, but it is not foamy over. Add the warm milk to a large bowl ( or stand mixer bowl if you have one) with the yeast. Add the sugar, egg, egg yolk, and melted butter. Mix until combined. Once done, add the flour and salt and mix until Dough starts to take a ball like shape.

Step 2)

Kneading the dough: Using a stand mixer you can add the attachment and knead for 8 minutes on medium. Or use your hands and knead for 8-10 minutes on a lightly floured surface. You will need to add flour as you knead ( It will be sticky). Do not fear adding flour as you knead.

Step 3)

Let it rise: Place the dough into a large bowl and cover with a tea towel. It will need 1 1/2 – 2 hours to rise (or once doubled in size) however, it can sit longer. A nice humid place for it to rise is in the oven on a super low temperature such as “keep Warm” or 150-175 degrees.

Step 4)

Now, Roll the dough on a floured surface into a ~14×9 inch rectangle. Spread the butter on the rectangle like spreading butter on bread. Leave a smaller un-butter frame around the edges. Sprinkle the cinnamon filling evenly all over in the same spots as the butter.

Step 5)

Roll up the dough: Start from the longer side (14 inch) if you want more but smaller rolls. Or start from the smaller (9inch) side if you want less but larger rolls 🙂 Slice and place in greased or parchment lined pan.

Step 6)

Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden as you desire 🙂 Let cool for 5 mins . Enjoy!

The Cream Cheese Frosting or Glaze

Steps)

For either recipe mix all ingredients in the order they are listed. mix until clumps are gone.

*note: icing often has different consistencies based on preference. More or less water may be needed for desired thicknesses*