Owen’s Birthday

I can’t believe my little guy is 7 years old today. I was blogging in 2008 when we adopted him at 3 days old; it’s in the archives here. I have to laugh at these pictures – Josh is wearing the shirt in O’s baby picture that O is wearing today.

I will be baking O a cake later, and his favorite is vanilla. Here is a great cake recipe, named after the founder of the Shaker movement, featured in my Southern Heritage Southern Living Cakes volume.

Mother Ann’s Birthday Cake

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

3 cups flour

1/4 cup cornstarch

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 cup milk

2 tsp. vanilla extract

12 egg whites

About 1 cup peach jam

Butter Cream Frosting

Cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating well.

Combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.

Beat egg whites (at room temperature) until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.

Spoon batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cake pans. Bake at 350F for 25 – 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes: remove layers from pans, and let cool completely.

Spread peach jam between layers; spread top and sides with Butter Cream Frosting.

Butter Cream Frosting

3/4 cup butter, softened

2 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar

3 tablespoons milk

3/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Cream butter: gradually add sugar, beating well. Add milk and vanilla, beating until smooth.

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