This is a really moist and flavored vanilla cake filled and frosted with a delicious cream cheese frosting. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit then you will need a two 9 inch pans butter and lined with parchment paper. You can use an electric mixer with the paddle attachment or you could use a hand mixer for this, this is a simple cake, and its only a butter cake but a cake that uses oil. In a stand mixer bowl, add four large eggs then add granulated white sugar along with vanilla extract then beat on medium-high speed for about a minute just until its a little thick.
In a separate bowl, add all-purpose flour with to that add baking powder and salt then whisk everything in the start adding the dry ingredients to the butter mixture alternating that with milk and oil. Mix everything on low speed until you are done then divide the batter evenly among the two prepared pans and bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted at the center comes out clean.
Once out of the oven, let the cakes cool on a wire rack for about ten minutes so that they firm up a little before removing from the pan. Cakes tend to dry out after a few days and to keep it soft for days, you will need a soaking syrup. For the soaking syrup, you will need water in a saucepan then add granulated white sugar then stir it and bring it to a boil until the sugar has dissolved then remove from the heat and let the syrup cool completely.
For the cream cheese frosting, add full-fat cream cheese in the stand mixer then to that add mascarpone cheese, for flavoring, add vanilla extract the just beat them together until creamy and smooth. To sweeten it, you will add sugar then beat that for a couple of minutes starting at low speed. Once done, remove from the stand mixer bowl and set aside. Add cold heavy cream in a stand mixer and whip the cream just until light then folds the cream into the cream cheese frosting and mix it using a white whisk until a nice smooth frosting.
To assemble the cake, you will cut the cake layers in half, horizontally. Take the first layer and place it on a plate then lightly brush with the soaking syrup and spread a thin layer of the frosting then brush the inside of the second layer and cover it with the frosted layer. Frost the top and add the other layer of the cake until you are done.
You can leave the cake that way of frost the top and the sides of the cake so that that cake is covered with the frosting. If you are making this as a birthday cake, just stick some candles on top, you could do sprinkle or top with fruits. Let the cake firm up for a couple of hours in the refrigerator then serve.
- 3 cups (390 grams) all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) salt
- 2 cups (400 grams) granulated white sugar
- Zest of one lemon, finely grated
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) pure vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup (160 ml) full fat (whole) milk, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup (160 ml) light extra virgin olive oil (can also use vegetable, corn, canola, or safflower oil)
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
- 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar1/2 tablespoon Grand Marnier (optional)
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1 – 8 ounce (227 grams) package full-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 – 8 ounce (227 grams) tub of Mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup (115 grams) confectioners’ (icing or powdered) sugar, sifted
- 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) cold heavy whipping cream (cream with a 35-40% butterfat content)
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) with the oven rack in the center of the oven. Butter, or spray with a non-stick vegetable spray, two 9 x 2 inch (23 x 5 cm) cake pans. Then line the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, sift or whisk the flour with the baking powder and salt.
- In a small bowl rub the lemon zest into the sugar.
- In the bowl of your electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment or with a hand mixer. Beat the sugar (mixed with the lemon zest), eggs, and vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.
- With the mixer on low speed, alternately add the flour mixture in additions with the milk and oil, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
- Evenly divide the batter between the two prepared pans, smoothing the tops with the back of a spoon or an offset spatula.
- Bake about 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed lightly in the center.
- Place the cakes on a wire rack to cool, in their pans, for about 10 minutes. Then invert the cakes onto a wire rack. Remove the parchment paper and re-invert cakes so that tops are right side up. Cool completely before frosting.
- In a small saucepan bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let boil for about one minute. Remove from heat and let cool before adding the alcohol.
- The soaking syrup can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and mascarpone cheese until smooth. Add the vanilla and confectioners sugar and beat until light and airy for a few minutes.
- In a separate bowl whip the heavy whipping cream to soft peaks. Gradually fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese frosting until smooth.
- Cut the two cake layers in half horizontally. Place one cake layer (top of the cake facing down) on your serving plate and lightly brush with the soaking syrup. Spread with a thin layer of frosting.
- Next, lightly brush the cut side of the next layer with the soaking syrup. Place the cake layer (cut side facing down) on top of the frosting and spread with a thin layer of frosting.
- Repeat the process with the next two cake layers. Then cover the entire cake with the remaining frosting. The cake can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.