Sometimes, dinner is just kind of bleh…not great, not bad, but nothing special either. The cheaper the ingredients, the more bleh it seems to adopt some days. Then, there are the days when we experiment with a new dish, and it bombs for whatever reason.
Then, redemption has to occur through dessert, and sometimes that bomb happens without us being prepared. Then, we have to think fast to save face with our families!
Dessert is a sure bet, but what good does it do to save money on the meal only to spend it right away on dessert? Not all desserts have to be budget breakers though.
Cheap dessert? Cake!
Yep, especially without the frosting, which is heavily laden with fat and sugar calories anyhow. Top it with fresh, frozen or canned fruit…or even a “hot sauce” made by cooking pudding and serving it still hot over a square of cake, which doesn’t have to be entirely cool to serve then. Smaller cakes are faster and use fewer ingredients too.
Usually, I prefer simple recipes where I don’t have to use the mixer, but this cake recipe is SOOOOooOOOO incredibly good that it is worth the mess and hassle of using a mixer to make it, and it still uses one bowl to get the job done. It would be perfect for everything from birthdays to summer berries sliced and sugared on top.
Simple White Cake
(Wedding cake type)
- 1 c.white sugar
1/2 c. butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9×9 inch pan or a 7×11 brownie pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat these until very fluffy, and do NOT skimp on the beating! Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and then beat in the vanilla. Sift flour and baking powder together, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.