Starlight Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 3-layer 8-inch cake
For the Starlight Cake:
  • 3 cups plus 3 tablespoons cake flour, sifted then measured
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons fine salt
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks 6 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into cubes
  • ⅛ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups evaporated milk
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
For the Vanilla Bean Frosting:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  • pinch of salt 5 to 6 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • Gel food coloring
To make the Starlight Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 8-inch cake pans with baking spray, set aside.
  2. Sift the cake flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit the mix with a paddle attachment and stir the dry ingredients for 10 seconds on the lowest setting. With the mixer speed still on low, add butter, a few cubes at a time, followed by the oil. The mixture should have a sand like texture.
  3. Add the vanilla and ½ cup of the evaporated milk. Raise the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  4. Add the eggs and remaining milk in two batches into just incorporated. Raise the speed and beat for a final 2 minutes. Give the batter a few folds with a rubber spatula.
  5. Divide the batter among the three pans and bake for 25 to 29 minutes, rotating halfway. A toothpick inserted should come out with a few moist crumbs. Do not over bake this cake!
  6. Invert immediately onto a wire rack and cool completely.
To make the Vanilla Bean Frosting:
  1. with a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and cream cheese on a medium speed until fluffy and lump free. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  2. Add the vanilla and salt.
  3. On the lowest speed, gradually add the powdered sugar. To keep the frosting luscious and thick, do not over beat the frosting.
  4. Tint the frosting with the desired color.
To assemble the New Starlight Cake:
  1. If the cake layers have domes, use a serrated knife to level off the tops. Secure the first layer to the cake board with a bit of frosting. Apply a generous layer of Vanilla Bean Frosting, add the next layer and repeat. Top with the final third layer. Give the cake an initial crumb coating. Chill for 15 minutes. Apply a thicker, second layer of frosting. Chill for another 15 minutes. Use a large open star tip to pipe the top border.
Cake recipe adapted from Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook, Frosting by Layer Cake Parade
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