A Southern Grace: double dang!

April 3, 2017

double dang!


Vanilla bean butter cake. Dang!

That's what I said after my first bite of this cake.

The ingredients, they are simple. (In fact, the only thing providing leavening for this cake is eggs--no chemicals required!) The method, it is basic (though it may require a bit of effort if you don't own a stand mixer!). The results, they are magnificent.

Moist, flavorful, and with a delicate yet stable crumb, it is everything a cake-lover could ever want. I will confess that I almost decided not to make this because I wasn't sure it would be worth 15 minutes of standing at the counter with my hand mixer whipping up some eggs, especially since there is a certain inhabitant of our house who tends to get into trouble when he isn't supervised. (Hint: It's not my husband.)

Oh, folks, I'm so glad I didn't wimp out! This is a truly delightful cake, needing absolutely no accompaniments whatsoever. The original recipe was served with Chantilly cream, and while I'm sure that's lovely, I'd seen enough of my hand mixer for one day. I opted for fresh raspberry sauce instead. I also used a bit of coconut oil in place of some of the butter, even though this is a butter cake. I happen to love the subtle flavor it contributes, and I don't think it took away from the vanilla essence at all.

For whatever reason, seeing the flecks of vanilla bean makes me extremely excited! I feel the same way about vanilla bean ice cream--it can actually taste exactly the same as a regular vanilla ice cream, but the mere presence of those specks changes everything. This is a cake worthy of any special event but still simple enough to pass as a snack cake. Make it!

Buttery Butter Cake with Nuances of Vanilla (because something this spectacular deserves a fancy name)
Adapted very slightly from this recipe
(printable recipe)
Makes one 8-inch round or square cake
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for dusting the pan
  • 3 vanilla bean pods, scraped clean
  • 3 eggs, warmed slightly
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 10 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil, melted and cooled
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of an 8-inch round or square pan and dust it with granulated sugar. Set aside.
If your eggs are cold, place them in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes. As the recipe creator explains, having your eggs warmed will help with the next step of beating lots of air into them!
In a stand mixer (or large bowl with hand-held electric mixer, if you're a)a glutton for punishment, b)in need of an arm workout, or c)NOT the proud owner of a stand mixer), beat the eggs with the sugar and vanilla beans for 4 to 5 minutes. The mixture should be pale and almost doubled in size. When you lift up your beater, the mixture should fall in thick ribbons.
Add the vanilla extract and salt and mix gently.
Sift the flour over the egg mixture.
Using a spatula, gently fold the flour into the batter until no streaks remain. You want to be careful not to deflate all that air you just spent time beating into the eggs and sugar.
Add the melted butter and coconut oil to the batter and fold gently but thoroughly using a spatula until the batter is well-mixed.
Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the cake starts to pull away from the sides. It will puff up in the oven, but will deflate a bit once you take it out, which is fine.
Run a knife around the edges of the pan and let the cake cool for 5 minutes. Turn it out into a wire rack to finish cooling if desired (I left mine in the pan).


Pam said...

Mmmm. Love the vanilla flecks and the raspberry sauce... now I really want to make a butter cake. YUM!

Angie's Recipes said...

3 vanilla bean pods!!! The cake must be heavenly!

Marjie said...

Ah...vanilla! In need of an arm workout? Think of our poor forebears, with those hand cranked beaters, or, worse yet, just a wire whisk! I don't know how you'd survive that one. It looks like a wonderful cake. Did your helper get any?

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen said...

Your post titles always make me laugh. Double dang indeed! This cake looks soooo yummy! I love that you used some coconut oil; it's so delicious in baked goods and just not used enough :). Have a great week, Grace!

Velva said...

OMG! This would be divine! Vanilla, butter, eggs, raspberry sauce. Makes for a beautiful warm weather dessert.


All That I'm Eating said...

Really like the sound of this, and using a little coconut oil in it too.

grace said...

@Marjie: absolutely not! he wouldn't appreciate its deliciousness. :)

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Vanilla is one of my favorite flavors, looks amazing!!!

Gerlinde de Broekert said...

Oh my , this looks like my kind of cake, absolutely delicious .

Katerina said...

I love the taste vanilla bean gives to sweets! It looks super moist!

Unknown said...

Haha, your titles are always so creative Grace :) Double dang is right, especially with that gorgeous raspberry sauce! I never would have thought 15 minutes of mixing would be worth it but it looks so light and fluffy and after making your awesome never-stop-stirring Irish eggs I’ll always trust when you say a recipe is worth the time/effort. Now, where can I find the recipe for your raspberry sauce...

Food Gal said...

Who can resist a buttery butter cake? Not me. I don't think anyone alive, for that matter. ;)

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

I don't feel so silly now for getting excited when I get to see those lovely vanilla bean flecks. They make me so happy!!