I decided to make a little cake for the family a couple days ago. Got out all my baking supplies, and ingredients to try my hand at an old recipe that many have made over the decades. Before there were box cake mixes our grandparents had to rely on simple ingredients in their own homes. It’s surprising how much you can do with a little bit of flour, butter, eggs and sugar. And lets not forget a dash of vanilla and bit of milk. There you have it…a yummy cake.
This recipe will make 4 small individual two layer cakes. Kind of like those Easy bake oven cakes. Do any of you out there remember those? The little paper envelopes of cake ingredients always tasted a little off to me but my cousins and I always had fun making them.
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
13/4 teaspoons of baking powder
½ cup milk.
Preheat oven to 350f (175C) grease and flour a 10×12 inch pan. In bowl cream together sugar and butter, beat eggs, add vanilla and stir in, combine dry rest of dry ingredients. Stir in milk after batter is smooth. Bake 30*40 minutes.
Frosting for cake-
½ cup unsalted butter-room temperature
2 cups of confectioner’s sugar
11/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of milk.
Cream butter in bowl until smooth and fluffy, then gradually add confectioner’s sugar. Beat in vanilla extract, add milk and mix all together until smooth.
You can add a few drops of food coloring if you want a colorful cake but I always thought food coloring also tasted odd. I try to keep things simple, just basic. My husbands says I could be one of those super tasters…who knows. I do know that if being a super taster means you were a picky kid growing up, then yep, that’s me. I like to add color in a more natural way. Edible flowers like roses and pansies always add color. But make sure that they are coming from an organic garden where no pesticides have been used.
After my cake was finished cooking I allowed it to cool and then I used an old biscuit cutter which I picked up in an antique store, to cut out small cake shapes. This is a layered cake so I needed two cut outs for each cake.
I added frosting in the middle for two of the cakes and raspberry jam in the middle for the other two. The raspberry filled cakes were the most popular in my family. You can use any filling, like chocolate, black berry or peaches.
Crumble up the left over pieces to add to the sides of your frosted cakes, that part is optional.
Imagine a tea party with these pretty cakes displayed on glass cake stands around your sitting area. You can make a variety of pretty cake stands using tiny tea cup saucers and glass candle holders. I believe everyone knows what I am talking about with making your own cake stands. Just two items glued together will make pretty stands for just about anything from candles, sweet treats, to jewelry items. Happy baking everyone.
ASD tips- You can turn this into a sensory fun activity. Help your children cut out the cake shapes, and have then spread the frosting or jam between the two cake pieces before you frost the cakes. Then have your child break up left over cut out pieces and turn them into cake crumbs by using their hands and fingers. Most children will love the textures of breaking up the cake into tiny crumbs as they go through their fingers. Even if it’s something small, make sure to find activities that include all children at all levels, it’s so important to include them.