White Butter Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place
rack in center of oven. Butter and flour two - 8 inch (20 cm) round
cake pans. Line bottoms of pans with parchment paper and grease and flour
eggs are still cold separate the eggs, placing the yolks in one bowl and the
whites in another bowl. Cover the two bowls with plastic wrap and allow
the eggs to come to room temperature before using (about 30 minutes).
In a mixing bowl
or whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
In bowl of electric
mixer, beat the butter until soft (about 1-2 minutes). Add 3/4 cup (150
grams) of the sugar
and beat until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add egg yolks, one at a
time, beating after each addition.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Add the vanilla extract and beat until combined.
With the mixer on low
speed, alternately add the flour mixture and milk, in three additions, beginning
and ending with the flour.
In a clean bowl of your
electric mixer, with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and continue beating until soft peaks form. Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup (50 grams) of sugar and continue to beat
until stiff peaks form. With
a rubber spatula gently fold a
little of the whites into the batter to lighten it, and then
fold in the remaining
whites until combined. Do not over mix the batter or it will deflate.
Divide the batter
evenly between the
two prepared pans
and smooth the tops with an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Bake in
the preheated oven for approximately 20 - 25 minutes, or until a
toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Place a wire rack on top of
the cake pan and invert, lifting off the pan. Once the cakes have completely
cooled, wrap in plastic and place the cake layers in the freezer for at least an
hour. (This is done to make filling and frosting the cakes easier.)
Frosting: Cream the butter and cream cheese together until nice and smooth
with no lumps. Add the confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time, beating
well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the
zest and vanilla extract and beat on high speed until the frosting is light and
Assemble: Place one of the cake layers, top of the cake facing down, onto your serving
platter. Spread the cake layer with about 1/4 cup of strawberry sauce or
your favorite jam. Next,
spread about 3/4 cup of the frosting on top of the sauce or jam. Place the next cake layer, top of the cake facing down, onto the filling. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake. Cover
and refrigerate until serving time. Just before serving garnish the top of
the cake with fresh berries.
Makes one - 8 inch
(20 cm) two layer cake.