Collect fresh flowers from the garden to elevate this classic yellow butter cake from deceptively simple to stunning!


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SERVES 12

CAKE:
11⁄8 cup unsalted butter, softened
11⁄2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups self-rising flour, sifted
1 1/4 cups milk
a selection of small, insecticide-free, fresh flowers and leaves for decoration

BUTTERCREAM:
1 1⁄2 cups butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. For the cake... preheat oven to 350oF. Grease and line the base and sides of three 3-inch x 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy, about 6 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and salt, and beat until combined.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, alternately stir in flour and milk in 2 batches.
  5. Spoon mixture into prepared cake pans, spreading evenly using the back of the wet spoon.
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake’s center comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 5 minutes, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. If cakes are domed, slightly trim each one until level using a serrated knife. Place bottom layer on serving platter.
  8. Spread a thick layer of buttercream between layers of cake, leaving about 11/2 cups of buttercream for the top and sides.
  9. Spread buttercream on top and sides of cake with a flat-bladed knife.
  10. Just before serving, gently press small seasonal flowers into the buttercream on the sides of the cake to decorate.
  11. For the buttercream, using an electric mixer, beat butter until pale and creamy, about 10 minutes.
  12. Add 1⁄3 of powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Add remaining sugar in 2 batches, beating until well combined.
  13. Add milk and vanilla, and beat until smooth.

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Collect fresh flowers from the garden to elevate this classic yellow butter cake from deceptively simple to stunning!
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