Taste a Classic With Plantation Cake
Good news, all you fans of delectable Southern desserts! Plantation cake is a classic Southern treat – and with its mix of sweetness and light, it ties together all the flavors of the region in one unique and flavorful cake.
A Brief History of Plantation Cake
This plantation-style cake dates back to the 18th century, when it was served as a sweet close for dinner parties and other grand events. It’s said that it was originally created in honor of the ancestral home of some of the guests. The combination of layers of cake and a creamy frosting gave the cake it’s iconic sweetness and deliciousness.
The Sweetness of Plantation Cake
Plantation cake features a layer of moist and frothy cake on the bottom, topped with a creamy white frosting and a layer of sweet meringue. The frosting is made with sugar, butter, vanilla extract and cream cheese, giving it a unique richness. The meringue on top amps up the sweetness, while the crunch and texture of the meringue adds another delicious dimension to this delightful dessert.
Make Plantation Cake at Home
Making plantation cake is really simple, so let’s get started! You’ll need the following ingredients:
– 2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 6 tablespoons butter
– 2/3 cup granulated sugar
– 2 eggs
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 cup buttermilk
Frosting and Topping
– 6 ounces cream cheese
– 1/4 cup butter
– 2 cups powdered sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 2 egg whites
– 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease a 9-by-13-inch baking pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
3. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla extract.
4. Alternately, add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk to the wet ingredients, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.
5. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely before frosting.
6. To make the frosting, cream the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla extract, then spread mixture over the cooled cake.
7. In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the egg whites until glossy peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
8. Spread the meringue over the frosting and cake and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
9. Let the cake cool before serving. Enjoy!
The Perfect Finishing Touch
Plantation cake is the perfect way to end a Southern-style meal. This classic recipe has been passed down for generations and is sure to sweeten up any occasion. So whip up a batch for your next gathering – and let the south come to you!