Perfect Birthday Cake Recipe. The secret to baking this vanilla dessert is to use high-quality ingredients and to follow the recipe exactly. If you don’t, unfavourable outcomes will ensue.
cooking spray (such as Baker’s Joy™ Non-Stick Release Spray with Flour) 3 cups white sugar
1 ½ cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
1 cup 1% milk
¼ cup heavy cream
¼ cup half-and-half
Perfect Birthday Cake Recipe
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray a 12x18x2-inch cake pan with cooking spray.
Step 2: Combine sugar and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat until light and fluffy, about 8 minutes. Add in eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition and scraping the mixing bowl sides. Add vanilla bean paste and almond extract. Mix well.
Step 3: Sift together cake flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a separate bowl. Combine milk, cream, and half-and-half in a measuring cup.
Step 4: Alternate adding sifted cake flour mixture and liquids to the creamed sugar mixture, 4 to 5 times, until everything is well combined and batter is smooth. Pour batter into the prepared cake pan and loosely cover with a piece of foil.
Step 5: Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 15 more minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes. Decorate with frosting of your choice.