To make the skirt for a doll's dress cake like this one: Make half the recipe, and bake in a buttered and floured 3-quart, 9 1/2-inch-diameter stainless-steel bowl at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter one 10-inch tube pan. Dust the bottom and sides of pan with flour, and tap out any excess. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually add sugar, and continue beating until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition until well incorporated, occasionally scraping down the sides of bowl.
Mix together buttermilk and vanilla. Slowly add the sifted flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk mixture in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Do not overbeat.
Pour batter into prepared tube pan, and until cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes. Remove cake from pan, and cool completely on wire rack. Cake can be stored in freezer, double wrapped with aluminum foil, for up to 1 month.