A birthday cake uneaten

The 26th is my niece’s third birthday and since we can’t go visit her on the day I made a cake for her when we saw her this past long weekend.  I decided to go with a simple white cake (with food coloring to make it pink) and whip cream with icing.  A basic white cake recipe from North America is way to sweet for Japanese so the whip cream was a nice balance.  We sang ‘Happy Birthday’, cut the cake and my niece started on the whip cream and didn’t get past it.  Apparently she is a whip cream addict and her lovely mother gave her seconds and thirds.  She didn’t actually eat the cake.  Everyone else enjoyed it but now I wish I had made a more sophisticated cake…

Simple White Cake

Submitted by: SCOTTOSMAN on www.allrecipes.com

Simple White Cake1 cup white sugar (I used 3/4c)

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 cup milk

Preheat the oven to 350F (170C).  Prepare a baking pan (usually 9×9 or cupcakes).

In a medium bow., cream together the sugar and butter.  Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well.  Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30-40 minutes in the preheated oven.  For cupcakes, bake 20-25 minutes.  Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.