Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Sweetest Birthday Cake

Yesterday was our daughter's 19th birthday, and being as it was in the middle of the week, and she also was at college all day, we did not have big plans to celebrate her birthday today.  However, I didn't want the day to pass without some kind of little celebration.

So, I baked a white cake using a recipe that had been sitting in my recipe collection for months.

The cake turned out lovely.  It was so simple and easy to whip up.  I kept the decor simple on the cake. I cut out the number 19 after printing and then cutting it out, and attaching the numbers to toothpicks.  Not too fancy, but it worked!

The cake turned out marvelous, and had almost a pound cake kind of texture, but it was perfect for our little celebration.

Here is the recipe for this wonderful birthday cake!

White Birthday Cake 

2-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
3/4 cup butter, softened
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup water
2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Mix the flour, sugar, and baking powder together in your mixing bowl.  Pour in softened butter and combine on lowest speed.  Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Gently stir in sour cream, water, and extracts, beating until fluffy.

Grease and flour pans of choice - I used a bundt pan, but cake pans, 9x13 pan, or even 24 cupcake pans can be used.  Adjust cooking time for the pan you used.  For the bundt pan, I cooked the cake for 40 minutes, and it was perfect.  9x13 cook for 30 minutes, and cupcakes, and cake pans cook for 18-20 minutes.  Cook until wooden toothpick comes out clean.

Buttercream Icing

1/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp milk

Beat butter, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract together.  Add in milk carefully to get the consistency you desire.  More milk can be added if you want the icing to pour over the cake.  Recipe can be easily doubled or tripled, depending on how much icing you need.

This Saturday, to continue the birthday fun, my daughter and I will have a "girl's day out" in a local town.  All the thrift stores in town have teamed up to create a perfect thrift shopping day excursion.  Each one of the thrift stores (I think there are 9) are having sales and are giving away prizes throughout the day.  Since my daughter and I both enjoy thrift store shopping, it will be a fun day for us.  So, we will continue the birthday celebration for a few days - and that is part of the fun of birthdays... don't you think?  :)


  1. What a cute cake and just perfect for St. Paddy's Day. Have fun this weekend celebrating and thrifting with just you girls. xo Diana

    1. Thanks Diana! We are really looking forward to Saturday!

  2. I hope you found lots of deals! ;)

    1. I hope we do too... looking forward to Saturday with great anticipation!

  3. Ah, what a perfect cake and it looks simple to make. I prefer the homemade cakes vs. the boxed cakes any day. I love the green frosting and that was indeed perfect for St. Paddy's Day.

    I love to thrift shop too. I hope you and your daughter find a lot of great deals. Let the Birthday celebration continue.... I celebrated the whole month of February for my Birthday. I mean after all you only turn a year older once each year :-)

    Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Amy

    1. I too, prefer homemade cakes, so much better tasting, and better for you. We are really looking forward to Saturday... and of course stretching the birthday celebrations is always fun to do! Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. What a beautiful cake! And the green icing is perfect! Thriftstore shopping is how my mom and I celebrate our birthdays. It's something we do when we get together. Have a lovely time and I hope you both find a neat little treasure.

    1. Well, maybe you and I both will be out this weekend thrift shopping, as I believe it is your birthday! I hope you find some wonderful treasures whenever you and your mom get to celebrate your birthday together!


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