Unintentionally Vegan Vanilla Cake:
I found this recipe from King Arthur Flour and only made a few minor changes. I used less salt, mixed the sugar with the dry ingredients and added vanilla bean paste instead of almond extract (just because I don’t have any). I was tempted to use milk instead of water but wanted to know: Can this cake actually be that good using water? The answer is YES. Wow, I was blown away! This cake rises to a nice height. It is tender, moist and flavorful. You can whip it up in a pinch and it’s so easy your kids can make it. Don’t wait, run to the kitchen to make it now!
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1.5 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4.5 tsp cider or white vinegar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8″ or 9″ cake pan that is at least 2″ deep.
In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.
In a large liquid measuring cup, whisk the water, oil, vinegar, vanilla and vanilla bean paste if using.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30-35 minutes. It is well done when the top is golden, the edges pull away from the side and the center comes out clean with a toothpick check.
Let the cake sit in the pan a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cool completely before frosting.
Simple Buttercream Frosting:
4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp milk to adjust consistency
Gel food coloring (optional)
In a medium bowl, cream the butter on medium speed.
Reduce the speed to low and add the powdered sugar, salt, vanilla and 1 tbsp of milk. (Optional: dip a toothpick into gel food coloring and stick it into the frosting.)
Slowly increase the speed and whip for about 1-2 minutes. Use milk to adjust consistency.
This will make a thin layer of frosting. Frost the top and add some sprinkles for fun!