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Basic Vanilla Cake

SERVINGS
One 8-inch cake (8 servings)
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One 8-inch cake (8 servings)
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Ingredients

Basic Vanilla Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cup large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Browned-Butter Glaze Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cup sifted cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cup large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Chef notes

    This moist single-layer vanilla cake has a delicate texture and delectable crumb, but it's the old-fashioned browned-butter glaze that gives it a nutty flavor.

    Preparation

    Baking Directions:

    Heat the oven to 400° F.

    Lightly coat an 8-inch cake pan with butter and dust with all-purpose flour.

    Sift the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl.

    Beat in the butter one heaping 1/4 teaspoonful at a time, using an electric mixer set on low speed, until the mixture resembles coarse sand.

    Beat in the sugar a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture resembles fine damp sand.

    Beat in the eggs one at a time.

    Add the vanilla and milk, beat on medium-high, just until blended.

    Do not over beat.

    Pour into the prepared pan and bake until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean — 30 to 35 minutes.

    Cool cake in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes.

    Unmold and cool completely.

    Ice with Browned-Butter Glaze.

    Prep Time: 20 minutesTotal Time: 55 minutesBrowned-Butter GlazeUse this old-fashioned glaze to give our Basic Vanilla Cake a lovely nutty flavor.

    Melt the butter over medium-low heat until golden brown.

    Whisk the sugar, salt, milk, lemon juice, and zest together.

    Add the melted butter in a stream while whisking until smooth.

    Yields: 3/4 cup Prep Time: 10 minutesTotal Time: 10 minutes