Just because a cake is completely white doesn't mean that it's plain or less spectacular. In fact, a white cake can include lots of details and texture, making it a very special centerpiece. I have some great ideas for you in this post!
White cakes can be very traditional, of course. Their history is pretty fascinating: Cakes became easier to make in the late 19th century as better technologies were invented. The styles were much simpler though, mostly flat (one tier). People chose white cakes because they were said to represent purity, but they were also a way to show off their wealth. Ingredients for icing were difficult to find and very expensive. White icing required the use of the purest and finest refined sugar, so the whiter and the more elaborate the cake, the richer the families appeared to be.
Today, white cakes are popular because they match with any color theme and suit any theme and budget. My sister, Miriam Gautreaux, is a famous cake baker in the Dominican Republic, so I asked her for some ideas she uses to personalize white cakes. Check them out, and then try baking her favorite white cake recipe!
You can order your cake from a baker or make your own! If you choose to DIY, here is Miriams white cake recipe:
6 cups of white flower
12 egg whites
1 ½ cups of butter
3 cups of refined white sugar
2 cups of milk
2 table spoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
½ cup cooking oil
Grease the bottom of the pan with cooking oil. Use a brush to spread the cooking oil inside of the pan surface. Sprinkle flour in the pan, simultaneously tilting and rotating the pan so that the entire surface of the pan is covered with flour.
Mix the flour and the baking powder. Separately, mix the butter and the sugar to a light cream. Separately, beat the egg whites until thick. Set aside. Separately, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend at a slow speed; slowly add the milk, the vanilla extract, and then the egg whites. When your batter is thick, pour into pan and place in the 325°F pre-heated oven. Your cake is ready when you insert a toothpick in the center and it comes out clean.
Want more creative ideas for cake design? You can find tons here in the MisQuinceMag.com Cake Photo War and upload your own!
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