Our kid's birthdays are almost exactly one month apart, one after the next. August-October hosts all three kid's birthdays, my birthday, and our wedding anniversary. Fear not, we're good at celebrating! While weren't not huge on birthday parties yet, and Brad and I don't exchange gifts and have never given cards, we always always mark a birthday with a dance party, a family outing, and a birthday cake.
It's been a few months since we've had a birthday to celebrate so this cake has taken a bit of a back seat (to Christmas baking, donuts, pop tarts, etc.). Well, I'm delighted to announce that we had reason to bake up a birthday cake last week... my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl! Yes, I am an auntie!! To one precious Addison Cameron.
Growing up, we had such strong relationships with our cousins. I'm so excited for our kids to finally have a cousin and even though we're not near by, I wanted to start from the beginning with encouraging that relationship. So upon hearing the glorious news, we promptly made a birthday cake and celebrated baby Addison, an answer to our prayers for many years.
This recipe makes two cake rounds. I usually bake both, and freeze the extra. Most 9" cake pans fit perfectly in a large freezer zip-lock, fyi! But if you want to make a two tier cake, go right ahead! I find the two-tiers hard to cut small enough (especially for the kids), so I stick with a single tier cake.
I make this simple vanilla cake year round because there are so many varieties you can whip up. Add the zest of any citrus fruit to the batter and icing for a citrus cake, swap the milk for flavoured tea (peach ginger is amazing!) for a subtle change, or add loose leaf tea into your batter. Usually I make it plain and without icing - the perfect sweet, but not too sweet treat, but birthdays always call for icing... and sprinkles!
EVERYBODY'S BIRTHDAY CAKE
1 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
2¾ cups all purpose flour
2¼ tea spoon baking powder
1 cup milk
1 table spoon vanilla extract
Start by creaming together the butter and sugar, then add the eggs one at a time.
Then, add alternate between adding the sifted together dry ingredients and the vanilla milk. A little bit of flour mixture, a little bit of vanilla milk, until you're all together happily sharing a bowl.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes and celebrate life!