Saturday, June 30, 2012

Vanilla Cream Cake

To celebrate the 4th of July I decided to make a red, white & blue cake.  This cake is a cross between a sponge and pound cake.  It's airy, but a little dense too (if that makes sense!)The icing is a vanilla buttercream; I make mine with half-n-half and I love the creamy taste that comes through.  I also don't use a lot of sugar because I don't want the sweetness to overpower the cake.  To go with the red, white & blue theme I used strawberries and blueberries!  This is a delicious, quick and easy cake to take to all your picnics this holiday...enjoy!

Ingredients are as follows:

1/2 C water
1/2 C butter
1 C sugar
1 C flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg
1/4 C sour cream
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 C butter (no substitutes)
1/4 C half-n-half
1 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 C powdered sugar

strawberries, diced 


Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease two round cake pans.

Bring water and butter to a boil then remove from heat.

 Stir in sugar, flour and salt.

Beat in egg, sour cream, baking soda and vanilla.

Pour into pans.  Bake for 14-16 minutes; until golden brown.     

While they're cooling, slowly mix together the butter and half-n-half.

Add vanilla; slowly beat in the powdered sugar until thick & creamy.

Invert one (cooled) cake onto a plate and cover with half of the icing.

Arrange a layer of blueberries on top.

Invert the other cake on top and cover with the other half of the icing.

Arrange a layer of diced strawberries on top.

Then I put a few dollops of icing on top and placed a blueberry on each.

Slice, serve and enjoy!


  1. Easy-to-make and super impressive cake!

  2. Happy 4th of July and here's to a great lookin' cake.. love the fresh fruit and that you've cut down on the sugar for the frosting. Always a winner with me.

  3. This looks amazing. I found you via Melt in Your Mouth Monday. I linked up a simple egg salad sandwich filling.

    Have a super week.

  4. This looks absolutely wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe!!! :-)

  5. Oh this is gorgeous!!! So perfectly festive for the 4th!

  6. Thanks so much for stopping by to share this at Must Try Monday!

  7. What a beautiful cake Lisa--so festive, and delicious!

  8. I will be trying this...yummmm. Dianntha

  9. This looks so refreshing! Thanks for linking up to The Ease of Freeze this week. Hope to see you again! Sarah

  10. An awesome cake to celebrate the 4th it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great holiday week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. I've never made an icing with half and half very interesting.

  12. pinned! thanks for sharing with Kids in the Kitchen!

  13. Lisa,
    This looks super yummy! I love using fresh fruit in my summer desserts and can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week. I can't wait to see what you link up next. Have a great week.



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