Butter Cake



Ingredients
  • CAKE BATTER INGREDIENTS
  • (Makes 4-6 cakes)
  • 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • CREAM CHEESE LAYER INGREDIENTS
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. PREPARE THE CAKE BATTER:
  3. In a stand mixer cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar for 1-2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time and beat on low for 20 seconds after each addition. Add vanilla, and mix just until combined. Whisk flour and salt together in a small bowl, then add to creamed cake mixture. Beat on low until just incorporated, making sure not to over beat.
  4. PREPARE THE CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
  5. In a small bowl whip together cream cheese and granulated sugar until creamed, add egg and vanilla extract.
  6. Pour cake batter into prepared springform pans then top with a layer of the cream cheese mixture. I was able to place about 1/2 cup of cake batter and 1/4 cup of cream cheese layer in each pan. Be sure not to overfill. Bake for 60 – 75 minutes, or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cakes.
  7. Gently remove cakes from pans, and place on plates, and top with a generous scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. Garnish plate with sliced strawberries, and peaches, and top ice cream with a sprig of mint.



Poppy's Banana Pudding



Ingredients:

2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding and pie filling
1 (12 oz.) box vanilla wafers
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (Eagle Brand)
6 to 8 bananas
1 (12 oz.) Cool Whip light

In large bowl, mix pudding according to directions on box.  Add 1/4 of Cool Whip.  Add condensed milk and stir well.  Spread small amount of pudding mixture in bottom of bowl, then add a layer of vanilla wafers and bananas.  Continue to layer pudding, vanilla wafers and bananas.  Top with Cool Whip, then sprinkle crushed vanilla wafers over top.  Keep referigerated.  Can be made a day ahead of time.