Thursday, July 31, 2014


Vanilla Cake is my very simple and basic cake recipe featuring the fragrant flavor of vanilla which is derived from vanilla beans...

The word 'vanilla' translates to 'little pod'. It is derived from the Spanish word 'vaina' meaning pod.

Vanilla originated in Mexico. It was first cultivated by the Totonac people who lived in the East coast of Mexico (present-day Veracruz area) since pre-Hispanic period. 

In the 15th century, the Aztecs conquered the Totonacs and soon the Aztecs developed a taste also for the vanilla pods. They named the fruit 'Tlilxochitlan' or 'black flower'. Having conquered by the Aztecs, the Totonacs paid tribute by sending vanilla fruit to the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan.

Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes introduced both vanilla and chocolate to Europe in the 1520s.

Today, vanilla is highly valued in commercial and home baking all over the world for its flavor which is sometimes described as 'pure
and delicate'.


3 c all purpose flour
1 1/2 c sugar
1 c milk

3/4 c oil
1/2 block butter (100 g)
1/2 c corn syrup
6 tsp baking powder 
1 1/2 c water
4 Tbsp vanilla

Glace icing:

1 1/2 c confectioner's sugar
2 Tbsp calamansi juice
1 tsp butter
3 Tbsp water

1. Prepare glace icing. In a bowl, mix together all ingredients. Mix well. Set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients first:  flour, sugar,  milk powder and baking powder. Mix well.

3. Make a well in the middle then pour melted butter, oil, corn syrup and vanilla. Mix well. Then gradually  add water. Continue mixing with a whisk to make it fluffy. Pour into a baking pan. Bake until done. Serve with glace icing.

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