Birthday cake

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There are three birthdays within a week in my family. In honor of this festive occasion, Recipe Thursday features cake. I love dense cakes with fruit in between the layers, so that's what we're serving up today. Don't forget the candles!

3-Layer Birthday Cake

1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
4 egg yolks, beaten
4 egg whites
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350F/175c. Grease and flour three 9 inch round cake pans. Cream the butter and 1 cup of the sugar in a large bowl, then add beaten egg yolks. Sift dry ingredients. Add to butter mixture alternating with milk. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form, then add 1 cup sugar. Fold into cake batter. Pour into pans. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a knife inserted comes out clean.

Decorating options
Kristen's favorite: Between the layers, spread your favorite "all fruit" jam. Sprinkle top with powdered sugar.
Elegant: Roll out marzipan or almond paste for between the layers. Coat with chocolate glaze and top with whole almonds.
Fresh: Arrange sliced strawberries and whipped cream between the layers; top with piped whipped cream and whole strawberries--eat immediately.
Dainty: Spread lemon-flavored buttercream between the layers. Ice with rose-flavored buttercream and top with fresh or candied flowers.
Zou's choice: Spread the layers with buttercream icing and peanut butter. Ice the top and sides with chocolate buttercream and decorate with peanut brittle.

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I will be baking a cake for my Grandparents 60th Anniv. on Sat. I think I will try this recipe, it sounds wonderful!! Thanks.

What the heck, it's everybodies birthday lately...I had three friends with birthdays yesterday, and it was my moms birthday three days before....

Heidi - 60 years! That's fantastic. Wish them a very happy anniversary for me. :-)

Ian - Maybe it's to do with so many June weddings?

What does one do if one is sans-oven? *sigh* the joys of Japanese apartment life!!

Alright, I did the jam layer for H's bd cake last night. It was enjoyed by all. My cake? Duncan Hines Moist. The recipe goes like this: Tear top off box. Rip open bag. Empty bag contents into mixing bowl. Add 2 eggs, 1 1/3 c. of water. Mix. Pour into greased and floured pans. Bake. Keep away from cats while cooling.

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