Birthday vanilla cake

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I made this cake for my husband’s birthday since he really likes light cakes so I decided to make a very light vanilla cake with frosting :-). It’s so light and fluffy and its my favorite vanilla cake recipe. You can decorate this cake any color you want (I chose 2 shades of blue).

Birthday vanilla cake

2 1/2 cups of cake flour (Sifted)
1 3/4 cups of sugar
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of baking powder
3/4 teaspoon of salt
170 grams of butter  at room temperature
1/2 cup of milk ( room temperature) + 1/4 cup of milk
2 1/4 teaspoons of vanilla
5 egg whites at room temperature


(375 g) of butter, softened and cut into cubes
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
3 tablespoons of milk
3 1/2 cups of powder sugar (sifted)
Preheat oven to 350F

Sift the cake flour in a mixer or use a electric whisk , add sugar, baking powder and salt. Slice the butter into thin slices and mix in with flour . Add 1/2 cup of milk .
In a cup add the milk , egg whites, and vanilla . Add the mixture slowly into the dry ingredients.
2 cake pans greased with butter and add flour. Add the cake batter equally and bake for 25-35 minutes or until stick comes out clean.
Then set aside for 10 minutes
place on a wire rack to cool completely.
To make the frosting:
Add the butter to a mixer or use a hand electric whisk, mix for 5 minutes until creamy, add vanilla,salt and milk.
Sift in the powdered sugar and mix well for  6 minutes until its fluffy.
To decorate:
Flip the cake , and add a little bit of frosting spread it all over the cake, add the 2nd cake add more vanilla frosting and spread it all over the cake creating a thin layer . Place in the fridge for 1 hour.
Divide the frosting in two bowls, add 1 drop of food coloring and mix
add more drops of food coloring to the other creating different shades of blue. Add the light color on top of the cake and cover the top and the top part of the sides, add the dark blue frosting on the bottom of the cake and spread it all over the bottom part.
Last step even the frosting out . For step by step photos click on the birthday cake PHOTO.


Zebra Cake

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The most thing I love about this cake  is how it looks. It looks complicated but it’s not . One of the most popular recipes on Wara’ 3anab, I really recommend you to try this.  Your friends and family will love it 🙂

Recipe :

4 eggs room temperature

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of milk ( room temperature)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 cup of vegetable oil

2 cups of flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 180c

In a large bowl add 1 cup of sugar and add the 4 eggs and mix with an electric whisk until its mixed .  Slowly add in the milk and the vanilla . Then add in the vegetable oil and mix .

In a separate bowl add the flour , baking powder , then slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet , once its mixed set aside do not over mix

Separate the mixtures evenly into two bowls and add to one of them 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, mix

Butter the pan , add a parchment paper on the bottom of your 8 inch cake pan , I used a springform pan
Add 3 tablespoons of the vanilla batter into the middle of the baking pan. Then add 3 tablespoons of chocolate batter and pour it in the center on top of the vanilla batter. Add another 3 tablespoons of vanilla and so on . Repeat with all of the batter until you are done with  the batter.
Do not tilt your pan , it will spread just by adding your batter on top of each other .

Hold the cake pan about 3 inches above the counter and let it drop flat on the counter. Do it once or twice; that should force the air bubbles up to the surface of the batter.

You can decorate the top part of the cake by using a long wooden stick or a toothpick
Just run lines from the middle to the end.

Bake for 40 minutes or until you insert a toothpick and comes out clean. Once the cake is ready , run a knife around the edges. Remove from the pan after 10 minutes
and let it cool completely before slicing it .

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