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Make A Cake!

Cakes, cakes, cakes, I love making cakes! During 2006, I went crazy making homemade layer cakes for every event I hosted and all of the holidays in between. To me, making a cake is an enjoyable process and once you understand the basic technique, the flavor possibilities are endless! Many cakes are done by the classic creaming technique. You cream together the sugar and butter, add eggs and then alternate between both a wet and a dry mixture. The dry mixture contains flour, baking soda, etc. and the wet mixture is vanilla, buttermilk, etc. Once all of this is combined, extras can be added (chocolate, etc.) and voila! you have cake batter. Since today is National Apricot Day, I found a cake recipe that has an apricot marmalade filling.

White Chocolate Cake with Apricot Marmalade Filling
From Food and Wine magazine

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups milk
8 ounces white chocolate, melted
2 tablespoons apricot marmalade, very finely chopped if chunky
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
White Chocolate Buttercream, recipe below
1/2 cup Candied Orange Peels, dipped in white chocolate, optional for garnish

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Sift the flour with the baking powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter at low speed until smooth.
  4. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Add the vanilla.
  6. At low speed, alternately beat in the dry ingredients and the milk in 2 additions.
  7. Add the melted white chocolate and beat just until incorporated.
  8. Scrape the batter into the prepared cake pans and smooth the surfaces.
  9. Bake the cakes in the center of the oven for 35 minutes, or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean.
  10. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then invert them onto a wire rack and let cool completely.
  11. In a small bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the orange marmalade and the confectioners' sugar into 1 cup of the White Chocolate Buttercream.
  12. Set 1 cake layer on a cake plate, right side up, and spread the filling on top. Cover with the second cake layer.
  13. Frost the sides and top of the cake with the remaining White Chocolate Buttercream.
  14. Garnish with the white chocolate–dipped Candied Orange Peels, if using (or fresh shaved white chocolate) and serve.

Serves 12.

Make ahead: the frosted cake can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

White Chocolate Buttercream
From Food and Wine magazine

2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
12 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy.
  2. Beat in the melted white chocolate.
  3. Add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla and beat at low speed, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl, until light and fluffy.
Join The Conversation
zalakpatel zalakpatel 9 years
Yummy !
esmy-J esmy-J 10 years
I luv all kinds of cake!
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 10 years
Thanks for the update yum!
Food Food 10 years
There's actually always been two of us (a yum and a party), but up until a few days ago we were posting as one person - which was weird and confusing, so we're now making it clear who's posting what. Hope that clears up any confusion! cheers, -yum.
puddinpie puddinpie 10 years
I love baking cakes. I made a fresh ginger cake last night.
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 10 years
Since when do we have a partysugar??
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
I made my first layer cake last week for my husband's tasted great but the marbling didn't turn out too well! It looked more spotted than marble-like... I'm going to post the recipe for my favorite cake in the Kitchen Godess suite over my lunch break...check it out!
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
That sounds so good! I think I will make it for the next family birthday. My baby will turn 1 in May- he will love it! :)
missnomi missnomi 10 years
As a child I always loved birthdays because there would be cake. Unfortunately not always nice cake but nevertheless. So now that I am all grown up, my birthday parties consist of nothing but cake. I have been known to bake as many as 12 cakes, have friends over and then eat cake all day long. It's only once a year... I love baking!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 10 years
How about with a good chocolate frosting?
Casimira Casimira 10 years
party, have you used The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum? Not only are the recipes so incredible, but also the science behind the process is fascinating and she explains it in detail. I need to stop thinking about this or else I'm going to go make myself a cake! I need to wait until this weekend when I have my 24 party. :)
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Mmmm, cake is my favorite food. Literally. :DROOL:
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