Few things in the kitchen are as satisfying as baking a cake from scratch. My simple vanilla cake is a great choice for this time of year because it comes together quickly and only takes 30 minutes to bake. It is also a wonderful base for a big scoop of ice cream and any fresh summer fruit.
Expect the flavor of a pound cake but with a lighter crumb and finer texture thanks to the teaspoon of baking powder.
If you want to splurge on one of the fancy european butters, this is the time to do it.
I especially love that it can be made ahead of time or served warm right from the skillet. It’s a very versatile little number.