sweet tooth emergency! quick and easy vanilla cake

Sometimes you just gotta have cake, and you gotta have it nowwww.  That was my case tonight PLUS we finally took the plunge and got a KitchenAid stand mixer (!!! and on sale for 55% off!) so I really wanted to make something with it.  We just needed a super easy cake recipe that didn’t require us to go out and get any groceries and this fit the bill.  We actually used a recipe for a layer cake but we just split the ingredients in half.  Plus we just happened to have exactly 1/4 cup shortening so it just made sense for us, but if you want a layer cake, just double the recipe and whip up some frosting.  This only took like 5 minutes to throw together and then 30 min to bake.

1 and 1/8 cup all-purpose flour  /  2/3 cup sugar  /  1.5 tsp baking powder  /  1/4 tsp salt  /  1/4 cup shortening  or butter  / 1/2 cup skim milk  /  1/2 tsp vanilla  /  1 egg

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Preheat the oven to 350F.  Mix all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and then add the rest of the ingredients.  Mix until very smooth using a stand or hand mixer.  Pour the batter into a greased and floured 9 inch round cake pan and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick (or in our case since we don’t have any, an uncooked spaghetti noodle) comes out clean.  Let it cool on a wire rack and then it’s cake time!

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Our KitchenAid is glorious and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be life-altering.  And the cake is very simple to make and yummy!  A nice little fix when you just have to have some cake.

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