Saturday, October 10, 2015

Simple White Cake with Caramel Sauce

This little cake is so easy it can be whipped up any time in no time! Preheat oven to 325F.

White Cake

1/2 cup butter creamed
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt

Line with parchment or grease and flour a 9x9 pan.  Cream sugar into butter. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and baking powder, mix. Stir in milk till smooth. Bake 30-40 minutes. If you
are using all purpose flour you can get a softer textured cake by substituting a tbsp of corn flour for wheat flour. It lowers the gluten content, making the cake softer.

Caramel Sauce

1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup cream or milk

Caramel sauce is a little more daunting but not difficult to make.  Small amounts are easier to work with at first. Put sugar in frying pan and turn heat to just below medium. The pan needs to be hot enough to melt the sugar but not enough to scorch the caramel. When the sugar has melted, stir in the butter. Add the cream (I used milk, it's not quite as rich but it works.)

When you add the cream bring the whole pan to a rapid boil to melt any lumps of sugar. The more you cook it the thicker it will become. so a couple of minutes should be enough. That's it! Pour sauce over cake and enjoy.  

The best thing about home baking is it has ingredients that satisfy. Commercial foods have ingredients that don't satisfy so you'll keep eating. So if you keep fresh baking available, you'll find it easier to control your weight.

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