Friday, May 01, 2009

Raspberry-Laced Vanilla Cake



GOT THIS recipe off the back of a cake flour box and made it for the daughter of a B&B guest for her birthday today. Never made it before, but always wanted to whenever I looked at the back of the box while making pancakes. Had been awhile since I decorated a layer cake of any kind and I couldn't find my pastry bag. I used a plastic bag with a corner cut out to do the trick.

CAKE
3
cups Pillsbury SOFTASILK® Cake Flour
1
tablespoon baking powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2
cups butter, softened
1 1/4
cups sugar
2/3
cup milk
1 1/2
teaspoons clear vanilla
4
large eggs



FROSTING
2
cups butter, at room temperature
1
teaspoon clear vanilla
7 1/2
cups (2 pounds) powdered sugar
1
cup Smucker's® Red Raspberry Fruit Syrup



1 (12 oz.)
jar Smucker's® Seedless Red Raspberry Jam


Fresh raspberries (optional)

Preparation Directions:

1.HEAT oven to 350°F. Spray three 9-inch round cake pans generously with flour no-stick cooking spray.
2.MIX cake flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; set aside. Beat 1 1/2 cups butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on high speed until fluffy. Beat in flour mixture, milk, vanilla and eggs on medium speed until blended, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat 2 minutes longer. Spread batter evenly into prepared pans.
3.BAKE 19 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire rack. Cool completely.
4.BEAT 2 cups butter and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar and syrup; blend until well combined. Place 1/2 cup frosting in a pastry bag fitted with a #4 tip for piping.
5.LEVEL cake layers as necessary. Cut each cake horiontally to make two layers by marking the side of cake with toothpicks and cutting with a long, thin serrated knife. Place 1 layer cut side up on serving plate; spread with 1/3 raspberry jam to within 1/4 inch of edge. Top with other half of layer, cut side down. Spread with raspberry cream frosting. Repeat with remaining layers. Frost the sides and top of cake. Pipe remaining frosting on top of cake in a lattice pattern. Refrigerate cake to set frosting. Allow cake to stand at room temperature 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with raspberries.


2 comments:

em said...

beautiful

Beth said...

Craig, it looks amazing and bet it was delicious! Heavens, I'll have to come up to your B&B for MY birthday! ;-)