Magnolia Bakery's Vanilla Birthday Cake and Frosting

Recipe by Marie
READY IN: 50mins
SERVES: 16
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Grease and lightly flour three 9 inch round cake pans, then line the bottoms with waxed paper.
  • In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
  • Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Combine the flours and add in four parts, alternating with the milk and the vanilla extract, beating well after each addition.
  • Divide batter among the cake pans.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
  • Let cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
  • If you're making cupcakes, line two 12-cup muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  • Spoon the batter into the cups about three-quarters full.
  • Bake until the tops spring back when lightly touched, about 20 to 22 minutes.
  • Remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on a rack before icing.
  • When cake has cooled, ice between the layers, then ice top and sides of cake.
  • To make the icing - place the butter in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla.
  • Beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, until icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency (you may very well not need all of the sugar).
  • If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly.
  • Use and store icing at room temperature, as icing will set if chilled.
  • Can store in an airtight container for up to three days.
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