Friday, July 4, 2008

A bit of red, white and blue





Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, stirred before measuring
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Cream sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl, beating until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add half of the flour mixture then half of the milk. Add vanilla. Mix until blended; add remaining flour and milk and beat until smooth. The batter will be thick. Spread batter in two greased and floured 8-inch layer cake pans or a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25 to 35 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched near center.
White Mountain Frosting

2 large egg whites
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine sugar, corn syrup and water in a 1-quart saucepan. Cover and heat to a rolling boil over medium heat. Uncover and cook, without stirring, to 242*F (115*C) on a candy thermometer or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water forms a ball that flattens when removed from water. Cooking time can take between 4 to 8 minutes.

Meanwhile using an electric mixer at high speed, beat egg whites in a medium bowl just until stiff peaks form. Reduce speed to medium and while beating constantly, very slowly pour hot syrup in a steady, thin stream into the egg whites. Add the vanilla and continue beating at high speed for about 10 minutes until stiff peaks form.

Cover yellow cake with white mountain frosting. Sprinkle and cover with sweetened coconut.

4 comments:

  1. I absolutely am crazy for coconut frosting!!!!!!!!! This looks so decadent, thanks Christy!

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  2. Wow your coconut cakes looks yummy. Your little dog gave me a nice feeling, he is so cute.
    Have a good weekend.

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  3. I really do love the wee Scotty dog with his lovely red gingham ribbon. I agree with Suzanne, he is so cute! I can't believe your second photo is that of a cake, it's amazing. It's a long, long time since I attempted frosting (I always seem to go for buttercream). Must give it a go again. I can sit here and imagine how moist the cake must be? Lucky you! x

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  4. I love your Scotty dog - he's so cute!

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