- Classic White Cake
- Serves 12
- Makes 2 9-inch cakes
- I got this recipe from America's Test Kitchen and it sounds very strange the way you make it, but it has a wonderful crumb texture and is really light and airy. I buy a carton of pasteurized egg whites to make the cake and the buttercream frosting. For the buttercream frosting - see the recipe for Swiss Meringue Buttercream.
- 2 1/4 cups cake flour, plus more for dusting the pans
- 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature
- 6 large egg whites (3/4 cup), at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon table salt
- 1 1/2 sticks or 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened but still cool
- 1 recipe for Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting
- marzipan -rolled out to 9-inch round
- 1/2 cup raspberry jam, lemon curd, blueberry jam, or strawberry jam
Set oven rack in middle position. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick cooking spray; line the bottoms with parchment or waxed paper rounds. Spray the paper rounds, dust the pans with flour, and invert pans and rap sharply to remove excess flour.
Pour milk, egg whites, and extracts into 2-cup glass measure, and mix with fork until blended.
Mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of electric mixer at slow speed. Add butter; continue beating at slow speed until mixture resembles moist crumbs.
Add all but 1/2 cup of milk mixture to crumbs and beat at medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture and beat 30 seconds more. Stop mixer and scrape sides. Mix at medium speed 20 seconds longer.
Divide batter evenly between two prepared cake pans; using rubber spatula, spread batter to pan walls and smooth tops. Arrange pans at least 3 inches from the oven walls and 3 inches apart. Bake until thin skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 23 to 25 minutes.
Let cakes rest in pans for 3 minutes. Loosen from sides of pans with a knife, if necessary, and invert onto wire racks. Reinvert onto additional wire racks. Let cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours before you frost.
Make the Swiss Meringue Buttercream and set aside.
Brush the crumbs off the cake and place one cake on serving platter that has been lined with pieces of waxed paper to keep the platter clean. Spread some buttercream on the cake. Roll the marzipan out to a 9-inch round and place on cake. Spread the raspberry jam over the marzipan and leave a 1/2-inch boarder so the jam doesn't seep through the frosting. Add the remaining cake layer on top of the jam and gently press.
Generously frost the cake on the sides and the top. With the reserved buttercream, put it in a piping bag and with a star tip decorate the cake.
Remove the waxed paper and serve the cake.