Here's a cake that's bound to make your Valentine, pal or kiddos squeal with glee. I just couldn't resist the combination of old–timey strawberry milk and ridiculously pink frosting.fairy godmother. She spoke to me in hushed tones of desserts her aunties used to make, one of which stuck out to me — it was the 'scalded milk cake.' Full of batter stains and pencil notes, the recipe seemed to have gotten a workout, perhaps it was a go–to birthday cake?
I was right! By almost boiling the milk used for this elemental vanilla cake, a malty, milky flavor would permeate the confection. And when I tested the recipe with strawberry milk, it was even better than the plain original version. This is why I love recipe inheritance and chatting with different cooks — everyone has their own take and variation according to their tastes and available ingredients.
Happy Valentines, sweeties!
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup scalded strawberry milk
1/4 cup butter
Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and grease two cake pans, set aside. Beat the eggs, vanilla and sugar until fully combined (I used a whisk). In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add flour to egg mixture, mixing until just combined. In a small sauce pan, heat milk until almost boiling (there will be a little steam and a few small bubbles on the side of the pan), add butter and turn off heat, stirring until butter is fully melted. Pour scalded milk/butter into the batter, stir until combined. Bake for about 35 minutes, until done.
Whipped Cream Frosting
1 package cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups heavy cream
food coloring (optional)
Necco wafers (optional decoration)
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and almond extract until smooth. With the mixer on medium speed, slowly pour in the heavy cream. Whip until the cream holds a stiff peak, about 3 minutes. Lastly, add the food coloring if using. Decorate the cake after it's fully cooled.
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(Images: Leela Cyd Ross, special thanks to Erin and the girls for allowing me to photograph the cake at Lodekka)