Somehow my baby has turned 9 years old! How did this happen? Here she is taking a breath in between blowing out all the candles on the cake she helped make, frost, and decorate:
It was delicious as well as pretty. Here's the recipe:
Classic Yellow Birthday Cake
2¾ cups all-purpose flour
2½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp salt
2 sticks (8 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs
1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1⅓ cups whole milk
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 9" round cake pans.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2–3 minutes. Scrape down the bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the dry ingredients and milk in three parts, mixing until just incorporated.
4. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and smooth the tops. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 35–40 minutes. Transfer the pans to a rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the pans to release the cakes and invert; let cool completely before frosting.
2 1/2 sticks (10 oz.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 cups confectioners' sugar
1 Tbps pure vanilla extract
1–2 Tbsp milk
In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Add the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating until smooth after each addition. Add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk. Beat at high speed until fluffy, adding an additional 1 tablespoon milk if necessary.