How to improve on light, fluffy white cake? Top it with maple syrup-sweetened marshmallow-y frosting.
For birthdays and holidays, it's easy to overcomplicate the cake. But spending all day on a multi-tiered buttercream-coated affair doesn't mean it's going to taste any more delicious than a simple fluffy white cake made with just as much care in a whole lot less time.
Enter this white cake, a recipe passed down from the author's grandmother, which calls for nothing more than standard baking ingredients (milk, sugar, shortening, flour, eggs, vanilla) and the simplest three-ingredient frosting.
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Making the cake is a breeze: Just cream your sugar and shortening, add your wet ingredients, fold in the dry ingredients, and bake. Top with your maple-y, marshmallow-like frosting, which is made by whipping hot maple syrup into stiff egg whites until thick and glossy.
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