1 c Shortening
2 c Sugar
3 c Cake flour; sifted
2 1/2 ts Baking powder
1/2 ts Salt
1 c Milk
1 ts Almond extract
1 ts Vanilla extract
Cream shortening; gradually add sugar, beating well at medium speed of an electric mixer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Mix after each addition. Stir in flavorings. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9-inch round cakepans. Bake at 375
degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire YELLOW CUPCAKES: Spoon batter into paper-lined muffin pans, filling each cup half full. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool on wire racks.
Instead of cake and ice cream, try a birthday party dessert inspired by both. This gooey trifle overflows with layers of vanilla cake, vanilla pudding, whipped cream, bananas, and drippy chocolate sauce.
Serves 10 to 12
- FOR THE PUDDING
- 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
- FOR THE ASSEMBLY
- Yellow Cake, baked in two 8-inch round cake pans
- 4 large bananas, peeled and halved crosswise then lengthwise
- 1/2 cup store-bought chocolate sauce, warmed
- 1 maraschino cherry, for decorating
- Yellow sprinkles, for decorating
- 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped (optional)
- Make the pudding: Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Whisk together cornstarch, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, and salt in a small bowl. Whisk eggs in another bowl until smooth; whisk into cornstarch mixture. Set aside.
- Whisk together milk and remaining 6 tablespoons sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Slowly pour milk mixture into egg mixture, whisking constantly.
- Pour mixture back into saucepan. Cook, whisking constantly, over medium-high heat until thickened, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and pour through a sieve into a medium bowl. Whisk in butter and vanilla. Set bowl in ice-water bath, and let cool, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Pudding can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days.
- Make the whipped cream: Put cream into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Add confectioners’ sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form.
- Assemble the cake: Using a serrated knife, trim tops of cakes level, then cut each in half horizontally, making 4 layers. Place 1 cake layer into the bottom of a straight-sided 4-quart bowl (about 8 inches in diameter and 6 inches high). Spread with 1/2 cup pudding, then with 3/4 cup whipped cream. Arrange 4 banana quarters on top; top with another cake layer. Repeat 3 times, decorating final banana layer with a dollop of whipped cream. Drizzle with chocolate; top with a cherry. Sprinkle with sprinkles and nuts, if desired. Using a large spoon, divide portions among serving bowls. Serve immediately.