We had another Birthday in our home last week. She turned 7! She requested a gumball cake so I thought a white cake with fluffy frosting (remember these cones?) would be great. The frosting is similar to marshmallow taste. I made these Valentine cupcakes using a white cake batter so I went with it again. This time I made two 8" rounds, the sort of puffed up at the end of baking, but once you cool them on the rack (and then upside down) they flatten out.
Let me be honest here, I found this cake to be a little on the dry side, even baking it at 25 minutes it was not done so another 5 it went. I'll probably keep looking for a homemade white cake recipe. The frosting recipe is best eaten the same day, since it kind of melts away after time.
Heavenly White Cake
adapted from Allrecipes
2 3/4 cups sifted cake flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups milk (I used 1 C milk + 1/2 C heavy cream)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Measure sifted flour, baking powder, and salt; sift together three times.
2. In a mixing bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add 1/2 cup sugar gradually, and continue beating only until meringue will hold up in soft peaks. Remove from mixer bowl, transfer to another bowl and set aside.
3.Cream butter in mixer. Gradually add remaining 1 cup sugar, and cream together until light and fluffy. Add sifted ingredients alternately with milk a small amount at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Add meringue, and fold thoroughly and gently into batter. Pour into prepared greased pans. (I made two 8" rounds)
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Cool cake in pan for 7 minutes, then remove from pan and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
as seen at Allrecipes
1 cup white sugar
1/3 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. In a saucepan, stir together the sugar, water and cream of tartar. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbly.
2. In a medium mixing bowl, whip the egg whites and vanilla to soft peaks. Gradually add the sugar mixture and food coloring while whipping constantly until stiff peaks form, about 7 to 10 minutes. Frost the cake of your choice.