Vanilla Birthday Cake

A great friend of mine described Fall of 2019 as being “all new”. I couldn’t agree more. When Fall arrives, i’m usually returning to school, or headed out on another big trip. This Fall has seen me dive into the great career search, a rewarding, but also disheartening venture. I remember hearing when I was in university that the first big job search upon graduating is tough, and I can attest! This year has seen me explore more avenues of life than I ever have before. There has been crazy travel, adventure, and connections with new people. There has also been rejection, which is hard to come to terms with. I’m still working on finding that right job for me, the one that allows me to move out and start my own life in Vancouver.

This Fall has offered up many new opportunities, though! I am constantly run off my feet busy, and venturing into new endeavours! I have never been as politically active as I have been this Fall. My best friend Keirra and I have been doing some volunteering for the Green Party, and it has been a very cool, and rewarding experience. This year has been defined by nailing down my goals, and what I want, and working towards them with all I can. I have always had strong political views, and this Fall, I decided to act!

Shane and I visited my grandparents in Kimberley this Summer on our way to the music festival we attended in Salmo. My grandparents live in Kimberley, quite far away in Vancouver. We had a lovely visit with them, and it really reminded me that taking the time to spend with family, especially ageing family, is so important. One plus about not having my full-time job yet is that I have been able to foster connections with friends and family. My grandparents came to town this weekend, and my 89 year old grandmother ordered a cake for her birthday. She wanted a plain vanilla cake, which also happens to be my favourite type of cake. This recipe is easy and fun, and screams “birthday cake” with its light colour and flavour.

Ingredients:

Cake:

2 1/2 cups flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 cup milk (with 2 tsp vinegar to make buttermilk)

Icing:

1 3/4 cups butter

4.5 cups icing sugar

2-3 tbsp cream

2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp salt

Directions:

1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and grease two round cake tins.

2.) Beat your softened butter with the sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.

3.) Measure out one cup of milk, and add 2 tsp vinegar to the milk in order to curdle it. Set aside.

4.) Add the flour, baking powder, and salt to your wet mixture, and beat in batches as you slowly pour your curdled milk into the mixture. Think 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup milk at a time.

5.) Once your batter is light and fluffy, divide between two cake tins and place in the oven for 30-35 minutes.

6.) While your cakes are baking, prepare the icing! Beat your softened butter along with the icing sugar. Add cream, salt, and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy.

7.) Your cakes are done when a toothpick comes out clean. Over-baking your cake will result in a dry cake, and under-baking will result in a gooey cake! Mine took about 30 mins to come out perfectly. Cool cakes before icing, sometimes if i’m in a rush, I place my cakes in the freezer for about 20 minutes.

8.) This is a 4 layer cake, so slice each vanilla cake in half. Add a decent amount of icing to each layer as you build your layer cake. Make sure you have enough icing to cover the top and sides of your cake. Once the cake is iced, any leftover icing can be used to pipe along the edges of the cake, or to cover up any mistakes you have made!

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