Friday, April 17, 2009

Birthday Cake!

This week one of the guys in our Drake Bible Study celebrated his 26th birthday. He recently got a new super cool camera, so I decided he needed a special camera cake. Obviously, I am not a professional cake decorator, but a girl can dream, right?

I went to make the cake on Tuesday morning and, of course, didn't have a single cake mix on hand. Surprisingly, a cake from scratch is super easy and incredibly good. I may just not replace those silly cake mixes! I do, however, need to add to my collection of food coloring. This light grayish color just didn't quite cut it for a black camera. Oh well, it was fun, and Ryan got a kick out of it! Don't you wish you could be in our Drake Bible Study?!?

Yellow Cake
2 3/4 c. flour
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. butter
1 3/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 1/4 c. milk

Grease and lightly flour two 8 inch round cake pans. Combine flour and baking powder. Beat butter about 30 seconds. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating 1 minute after each. Add ry ingredients and milk alternately to beaten mixture, beating after each addition. Pour into pans. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until done. Cool 10 minutes on wire racks. Remove from pan.
*I just used a small round glass dish and an 8x8 square pan for the camera cake. It was frosted with real whipping cream...because I had no frosting or supplies for frosting in the house. I really need to go grocery shopping!