Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vanilla Butter Cake

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vanilla Butter Cake

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This is modeled after a favorite tube cake I've made for years from Susan Purdy's "A Piece of Cake." Bake it a day ahead for the best flavor and texture.

Serve it with any mix of berries or fruit in season. Sugar them lightly, so you get the juices going.

3¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned into cups and leveled off

1½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon fine table salt

3 sticks unsalted butter, softened

2¼ cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs, at room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk

Topping: Powdered sugar for dusting and mixed sliced and whole berries, tossed with sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 13-by-9-inch baking pan.

In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.

With electric mixer at medium speed beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. …

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