Spruced-Up Vanilla Cake

Nigella Lawson turns a simple vanilla cake into an eye-catching treat using a tree-shaped Bundt pan. But this aromatic dessert will taste just as good baked in a regular Bundt pan.

Recipes from Nigella Christmas from Reader's Digest | December 2009
Cake Recipe With PictureLIS PARSONS

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks (16 tbs.) soft butter, plus one more for greasing (or use nonstick cooking spray)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tbs. confectioners’ sugar

    How to make it 


  • 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F and put cookie sheet in at same time. Butter or spray regular or fir-tree-shaped Bundt pan thoroughly.

  • 2

    Put all ingredients except confectioners’ sugar in food processor and blend, or mix by hand or in freestanding mixer as follows: Cream butter and sugar in mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, whisking in each with 1 tbs. flour. Fold in rest of flour and baking soda. Add yogurt and vanilla extract.

  • 3

    Pour mixture into greased pan and spread evenly.

  • 4

    Place pan on preheated cookie sheet in oven and bake 45 to 60 minutes, until cake rises and is golden. After 45 minutes, insert cake tester into center of cake; if it comes out clean, cake is done. Remove from oven and let sit 15 minutes.

  • 5

    Gently pull away edges of cake from pan with your fingers, then turn out cake.

  • 6

    Let cool, then dust with confectioners’ sugar pushed through a sifter. Serves 12.