Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Martha Stewart Yellow Butter Cake

Hi

I wanted to do marble cake for Bake Along but my sons wanted butter cake.  So I decided to bake Martha Stewart Yellow Butter Cake for Cook-Like-A-Star.

This is a classic American butter cake and it’s my family's all timed favourite.  I had tried baking egg separation method of butter cake and personally I like it very much.  It’s a beautiful cake- fluffy and soft.  However, it’s not my family preference.  They prefer the moist, heavy and buttery (but not oily) kind of butter cake.

The recipe is meant for two 9” x 2” round pan to make a 8” layered cake.  But I half the recipe to make 1 cake in this round pan.
I think this cake resembles Cedele’s Yuzu Orange Cranberry Butter Cake, if it is topped up with orange (or lemon) icing.  Mmmm…  maybe I should give it a try next time.


INGREDIENTS
(for one 9” x 2” pan)
 125g  unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
90g  all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
90g  cake flour (not self-rising)
1½ tsp baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
150g  sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
155ml  milk

METHODS
(1)Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter one 9-by-2-inch round cake pans; line the bottoms with parchment paper. Butter parchment, and dust with flour, tapping out excess; set aside. Into a medium bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

(2)In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until combined after each addition.

(3)Pour the batter into the prepared pans, and smooth with an offset spatula. Bake until cakes are golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool 20 minutes. Invert cakes onto the rack; peel off the parchment. Reinvert cakes and let them cool completely, top sides up.

HAPPY BAKING!!


After this cake, I’m taking a week break from baking and cooking as I’ll be going to Hong Kong this week.  This trip is just my hubby and me.  We haven’t gone on a trip on our own for a long time since we have kids.  Now my 2 boys have grown up (they’re 18 and 14 now) and it’s time for us to make time to refresh and “rewind” our marriage and get back the sweet moments that we used to have :D

 I’m looking forward to the trip.  I told Anne from My Bare Cupboard that I’m going to eat the egg tarts all over Hong Kong street :P .   I’ll also be visiting a baking supplies shop, which was recommended by her too.  She said, "MUST go!" and I replied, "Ok sure, I'll definitely go!"  hahaha!  

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I’m submitting this post to Cook Like A Star - All-Stars Anniversary Party hosted by Zoe of Bake For Happy Kids, Mich of Piece of Cake and Joyce of Kitchen Flavour.


For March and Apr, Cook Like A Star is having an All Star Anniversary Party and we’ll be cooking and baking from any of the previous featured chefs' recipes.

They are:
Ina Garten, Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Curtis Stone, Ree Drummond, Bill Granger, Masterchefs, Martha Stewart, Delia Smith, Donna Hay


17 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great recipe, but is it too sweet? Enjoy your holiday and say hi to Anne for me if you meet her:D

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    1. Yes still sweet. Guess have to reduce the sugar if there's icing on the cake. Can't wait to go Hong Kong to eat egg tarts. I told Anne and Zoe, I have tried a few egg tart recipes and have difficulty removing the tarts from the mould. They were all stuck to the mould and my kids couldn't wait and simply just ate it from the mould. hahaha!

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    2. Hi Amy,

      Still having difficulties removing egg tarts from your mould? How about grease and floured the mould before lining it with pastry?

      Zoe

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    3. Yes Zoe. Even on another recipe. I didn't try to grease and flour the mould because I think it should not be the way :P
      I've done 1 more batch of egg tarts crust and have store in the fridge for 1.5 days already. Tonight will do the filling. Will see how it turn up. Pray!!!

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  2. Hi Amy,
    I love butter cakes too, and like both versions, the fluffy ones and the dense ones, though I would say that, I like the dense and tender ones more. Maybe your sons would love pound cakes!
    How nice to go on a second honeymoon with hubby! Wish both of you a wonderful holiday, eat, enjoy and have a safe trip!
    See you when you get back!

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  3. That is a lovely cake, I gotta try the separation egg method one day. My family likes the moist buttery type too!

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  4. A grandeza dos amigos são como as flores raras: sua magnitude fica para sempre.(Cristina Beloni)
    Um lindo e abençoado dia!!!
    Beijos Marie.

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  5. Hi Amy,

    I reckon that the liking of butter cakes can vary based on individual preferences. I like my butter cake a little denser rather than fluffy but prefer something light and not oily :p Very fussy, hor??? Yours looks very smooth in texture :D

    Anne is right... I accidentally stumbled into Shanghai street when I visited HK a few years back. They sells lots of baking and cooking equipment. Can buy all the mooncake moulds... pretty authentic and nice if you are interested. Have fun!!!

    Zoe

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  6. Yes it does look like the Orange Cranberry Butter Cake.

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  7. Your butter cake really does look good! So moist and fine.

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  8. Hi Amy, I have a list of your wonderful bakes to try. All look so good.

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  9. É Páscoa! Cristo está vivo, o túmulo está vazio, Ele ressuscitou!!! A mais bela festa dos Cristãos.
    Crentes no Amor de Deus Pai que nos deu seu Filho Jesus Cristo que permanece conosco pela força do
    Espírito Santos, seguimos nossa caminhada na construção de um mundo mais justo, fraterno, humano,
    harmonioso e de doação.
    Todos somos promotores da Paz!
    Feliz, Santa e Abençoada Páscoa.
    Marie.

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  10. É Páscoa! Cristo está vivo, o túmulo está vazio, Ele ressuscitou!!! A mais bela festa dos Cristãos.
    Crentes no Amor de Deus Pai que nos deu seu Filho Jesus Cristo que permanece conosco pela força do
    Espírito Santos, seguimos nossa caminhada na construção de um mundo mais justo, fraterno, humano,
    harmonioso e de doação.
    Todos somos promotores da Paz!
    Feliz, Santa e Abençoada Páscoa.
    Marie.

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  11. O sol é para as flores o que os sorrisos são para a humanidade.(Joseph Addison)
    Obrigada querida, pela visita carinhosa! Parabéns pelo talento culinário !!!
    Um doce abraço, Marie.

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  12. O valor das coisas não está no tempo que elas duram, mas na intensidade com que acontecem.
    Por isso existem momentos inesquecíveis, coisas inexplicáveis e pessoas incomparáveis.(Fernando Sabino)
    Um lindo e abençoado final de semana!!!
    Abraços Marie.

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  13. Hi Amy,
    I assumed you're back from your second honeymoon :D
    Did you get the chance to shopping all the baking stuff you plan to get?? Or did you happen to have the chance to meet Anne :p

    I love butter cake too. Both version are fine for me as long as they are buttery and not toooo oily:D
    Yours look yummy!
    mui

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