I was home for awhile in August. Spent some time resting and reading a lot. Catching up on sleep and hanging with my family. My mother's kitchen is lovely. It is open to the living room and so one can bake and cook with company around such as when the family watches episodes of The Deadliest Catch and Duck Dynasty - shit's real at home.
I ended up having a second wind late at night one evening. In anticipation of meeting a friend and her newborn baby boy, I decided to bake a cake.I felt like a real baker; someone who bakes while the others sleep. It would be nice to bake bread, croissants and cookies while listening to talk radio and maybe in another life it could be something I do for a living, who knows?
It's funny baking in someone else kitchen. Took me a bit of time to find my bearings and locate the measuring spoons, the bundt pan and the flour (it was in the cold room - go figure!). Once I had everything laid out on the counter, I was happy to sift the dry and wet ingredients together. I didn't separate the egg yolk from the egg whites. I don't mind white cake not being a pristine white colour, but maybe I am missing the point. The smell of butter, sugar and vanilla wafting through the air gets me. The flour floats up and gets on my clothes.
While the cake was baking I decided to make chocolate icing. I always put the icing on too soon and it melts away from the heat which ended up creating a topping that was droopy, soft and inviting.
The next day, I cut the cake in half and brought it to my friend's place. It was a perfect accompaniment with our strong, warm coffee. Next time, I will bring her some pie.
White Cake with Chocolate Icing:
2 3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup butter
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon extract
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 3/4 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup milk
Mix sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract and eggs together. Add sifted flour, salt and baking powder to wet ingredients until smooth. Add mixture to a greased bundt pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. While the cake is baking, make the icing. Add several cups of icing sugar, a dash of milk, a few teaspoons of cocoa, some butter and mix well. Ice the cake once it is completely cooled.