I enjoyed box cake mixes. The funfetti. You know. I was so proud when I started using yogurt instead of oil in it. Little did I realize it's filled with chemical junk and trans fat.
So I make my own cake. Yes, you can make cake from scratch!
Now I know what you're thinking. This is a healthy blog! Yes and it is a no-processed food blog. Do we still have birthdays? Yes. Do we still indulge in sweet treats at times? Yes. So if I can find something amazing to replace the processed junk then I will and I am not ashamed. Guess what? These are for my brother-in-law's birthday, ok?! :)
And sometimes you have to make your husband happy if he loves golden oreos ;)
I actually used the recipe on the back of this cake flour box, which I got at Whole Foods for a decent price. It's similar to another recipe I use but I like this one better.
2 3/4 cups cake flour (unbleached if possible)
1 2/3 cups sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 cup unsalted butter (or 12 tbsp)
4 egg whites and 1 whole egg (I just used 4 whole eggs)
1 cup plain yogurt or 1 cup whole milk (I used yogurt)
2 tsp vanilla
1. Mix dry ingredients in mixer to blend.
2. Add butter and blend until dry bits form.
3. Add eggs and beat well until fluffy.
4. Whisk yogurt and vanila together. Add in 3 parts to scrape and let the mix get fluffy.
5. Once fluffy put in cake pans or cupcake tins. Add sprinkles if you want funfetti.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes for regular cupcakes. I made 36 cupcakes out of one batch.
1 stick butter
4 cups powdered sugar
water or milk (about 1/3 cup)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp butter flavoring (this is the secret to amazing buttercream frosting)
Mix all together and add water or milk slowly until frosting isn't dry or too heavy. It will be kind of whipped.
Cookies 'n Cream Frosting
Mash up 10 golden oreos in a big ziplock bag with a rolling pin and then mix in buttercream frosting by hand. If you want to go golden crazy then mash up 10-12 and put in the cake batter....can you believe I'm telling you this?!
Now I know what you're thinking...Oreos?!! I got them from Whole Foods so at least we are doing better :)
I have 12 cupcakes out plus I am freezing the rest so we don't feel obligated to eat them all at once! Plus cake tastes better when you freeze it first (that's what a lot of cake places do). It locks in flavor. Happy birthday to my brother-in-law!