Classic 1234 Cake
This cake recipe is the one to have in the back pocket for whenever a sweet craving strikes or when guests are coming over unexpectedly. This cake recipe produces a fluffy white cake base ready to top with your favorite frosting recipe. Judy, the author of The Southern Lady Cooks recipe blog, says that this dessert has been in her family for generations and got the stamp of approval for all occasions. It’s easy to see why when the cake’s crumb is so delicate and fluffy, and she tops it with a chocolate frosting. This is the type of cake that everyone would enjoy from young kids to adults, and therefore is a wonderful staple for family get-togethers, birthdays or cookouts.
Cake baking is a science and even the easiest cake recipes require some foreknowledge from the person doing the baking. An initial step to all butter-based cakes is to cream the butter with the sugar until very light and fluffy. This process is meant to help the butter and sugar incorporate into the dry ingredients easily and create a smooth batter. By beating the eggs in one at a time, they are incorporated into the batter easily as well.
This dessert recipe uses white granulated sugar, which gets a bad rap these days because it doesn’t provide any proper nutrition and is often thought of as a waste of calories. Many will choose to opt for an alternative sweetener that is slightly more nutritious and easier for the human body to digest, like honey, maple syrup, agave syrup or coconut sugar. The calories in these sugars are still comparable to white sugar, but their natural qualities make them easier on the human body. Although these sugars are becoming popular in dessert recipes, they cannot replace white sugar all the time. White sugar helps to bind the flour and other ingredients together in ways that liquid syrups cannot. Therefore, white sugar isn’t used only as a flavor component, but also a structural one. Of all natural sugars, coconut sugar is the easiest one to use in place of white sugar. Coconut sugar is made up of coarse granules that will help bind a batter the same way white sugar does. The only difference it may provide is a more porous texture, more caramel flavor, and darker color.
Judy’s slab cake recipe is an excellent choice for large groups because it will serve several people. The best thing about it is she gives you the option of deciding what type of icing you want to spread over the cake or if you would want it plain. Judy does provide an easy frosting recipe in case you don’t have a preferred one already. Her easy chocolate frosting recipe is a simple butter frosting containing cocoa powder for that chocolaty richness. Cocoa powder nutrition makes it the perfect chocolate to use because it contains no fat and plenty of flavonoids and iron. Thank you, Judy, the author of The Southern Lady Cooks recipe blog, for sharing her classic cake recipe with us.
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