Classic White Birthday Cake Recipe
Nonstick cooking spray with flour- Baker's Joy works wonders!
2 1/4 cups cake flour (9 ounces)
1 cup whole milk , at room temperature
6 large egg whites (3/4 cup), at room temperature
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar (12 1/4 ounces)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon table salt
12 tablespoons softened unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1. Set oven rack in middle position. (If your oven is too small to cook both layers on a single rack, set racks in upper-middle and lower-middle positions and you'll stagger the pans on each layer) and heat to 350 degrees (325 with convection oven). Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with Baker's joy then line the bottoms with parchment or waxed paper rounds. Spray the paper rounds.
2. Pour milk, egg whites, and extracts into 2-cup glass measure, and whisk lightly until blended.
3.Mix cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in bowl of electric mixer at slow speed. Add butter; continue beating at slow speed until mixture resembles moist crumbs, with no powdery streaks remaining.
4. Add all but 1/2 cup of milk mixture to crumbs and beat at medium speed (or high speed if using handheld mixer) for 1 1/2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup of milk mixture and beat 30 seconds more. Stop mixer and scrape sides of bowl. Return mixer to medium (or high) speed and beat 20 seconds longer.
5. Divide batter evenly between two prepared cake pans; using rubber spatula, spread batter to pan walls and smooth tops. Make sure the pans are at least 3 inches from the oven walls and 3 inches apart. (If oven is small, place pans on separate racks in staggered fashion like described above so the air can circulate. If you have a convection oven, this doesn't apply.) Bake until thin skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
6. Let cakes rest in pans for 3 minutes. Loosen from sides of pans with a knife, if necessary, and invert onto wire racks. Re-invert onto additional wire racks. Let cool completely, about 1 1/2 hours.
7. Frost as you desire.