- Desserts, Cake
For the cake
18 tablespoons (2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
4 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising) plus more for pans
1 1/2 cups whole milk
9 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/4 cups sugar
For the filling:
1 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 pint raspberries
For the frosting:
1/2 pound unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg yolk (optional)
1 pound confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 ounces cream cheese
Pinch of salt
- Make the cake: preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour three* 9-by-2-inch round cake pans, tapping out excess flour; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, stir together, milk, egg whites, and extracts.
- Into a second medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. With machine running, gradually add the sugar. Continue beating until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl as necessary.
- Add one-third of the flour mixture and one-third of the milk mixture, and beat on low speed until just incorporated. Add remaining flour and milk mixtures in 2 separate batches beating between additions to fully incorporate. Scrape down sides of bowl, and stir by hand to finish.
- Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Smooth surface with a rubber spatula. Bake until top of cake springs back when lightly pressed and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
- Let cakes cool in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. Run a small metal spatula around the sides of the pan, and invert cakes onto greased racks. Reinvert cakes onto cooling rack. Let cool completely before filling.
- Make the filling: Whip the cream and sugar in an electric mixer with the whisk attachment until soft peaks form.
- Make the frosting: In a standing mixer fitted with the whisk, beat the butter and egg yolk at medium-high speed until creamy. Beat in the sugar at low speed. Beat in the cream, vanilla, cream cheese, and salt, then beat at medium-high speed until fluffy, 3 minutes longer.
- Place one cake layer on a cake stand. Spread the whipped cream evenly over top of cake. Cover with the raspberries. Top with a second layer. Spread frosting evenly over surface of cake.
*I only have two pans, so I made two layers and cooked the cakes longer.