Monday, March 2, 2009

Easy Almond White Cake

This is so easy I am almost embarrassed to post it. But it is my most requested cake. Simple but elegant, it can be made as a layer cake or as a sheet cake. My sister in law, Amanda@imperfectlybeautiful.blogspot.com, said she wants it for her birthday this year.

1 White Cake Mix (Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines are best)
3 eggs
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp almond extract

Mix with an electric mixer two minutes on medium speed. Pour in grease and floured cake pan(s). Bake in 350 degree oven until done (30 minutes for sheet cake).

Cool and ice with the following icing

1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1/3 cup shortening
1 lb of powdered sugar (1 box)
2 tsps almond extract
1 - 2 tablespoons of water as necessary

Whip butter, shortening and almond extract together with mixer. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add a tablespoon of water. Whip. If icing is too thick, add another tablespoon.

Ice the cake with decorative swirls.

2 comments:

Bethny said...

This cake always gets devoured! Yummmeee. You simply must not forget the decorative swirls! We are all under mom's tutelage on cake swirling. She is the best.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Mmmmmmmm....so yummy! I love that little bit of almond extract. It adds so much to the flavor.

BTW, I will never be able to swirl cake frosting like Mom. She really is THE master!