Hope you all had a good weekend, I certainly had an eventful one! In fact, on Sunday we had elections for the student club I have been a part of since 2014 at my university, so I decided to bake a cake for everyone. We’re over 20 members in total, so I wanted to make sure to bake something tasty 😀 In the end I decided on a vanilla cake, though I used a completely new recipe, with Nutella frosting and some strawberries on top.
The vanilla cake recipe is from Country Living and requires the most basic ingredients, so it’s a good choice when you’re short on time for something extra fancy. The Nutella frosting is also very simple and something I have already made a few times before, such as when I paired it with a chocolate cake.
Vanilla Cake with Nutella Frosting and Strawberries
- 1 1/2 cup (375 gr.) flour
- 125 gr. butter
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup (250 gr.) sugar
- 1/2 cup (125 ml.) milk
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract/powder
- pinch of salt
- strawberries (as many as desired)
- 1 cup (250 gr.) Nutella (for the frosting)
- 1 1/2 cup (375 gr.) powdered sugar (for the frosting)
- 125 gr. butter (for the frosting)
- 1-2 tablespoons milk (for the frosting)
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius while you prepare the batter. First sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla powder into a bowl. Next beat in the butter until you have very small crumbs, mix in the sugar, and add the eggs one by one. Lastly, finish by adding in the milk and beating everything together. Pour your batter into a 20 cm. cake pan and bake for about 30-35 minutes. By the way, I personally didn’t butter the cake pan, but simply lined it with aluminum foil.
Once your cake is ready, let it sit for five minutes before you take it out of the cake pan. Then let it cool for about 20-25 minutes before you frost it. I normally check whether it’s ready to be frosted by touching the top of the cake; if the cake feels quite warm, it’s not yet ready, but if it’s relatively cool, then start frosting! The frosting simply requires you to mix the Nutella, butter, powdered sugar, and milk into one creamy mass. Use a frosting knife or a kitchen spatula to frost the cake and then wash and cut some strawberries to place on top for extra flavor and/or decoration.
The result is a fluffy and sweet vanilla cake, with a creamy Nutella flavored frosting, and refreshing burst of berry flavor. Feel free to add as many strawberries as you want, depending on your preference. Many of the club members who tried the cake really liked it, so I can safely encourage you to try the recipe out! 🙂
Until next time!