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Farmer’s Daughter Cake

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Sometimes you just need a little something sweet.  This simple cake is creamy and delicious and the frosting is fudgy and delicious. This Farmer’s Daughter Cake is a must make treat!

piece of vanilla cake with soft fudgy frosting

     This cake is simple but really good.  The cake has no butter or oil in it, just cream.  Perhaps it was a dairy farmer’s daughter who created it! The fudge frosting is a great pour over frosting that tops it off just right.  It’s smaller size and tasty combination is sure to work its way into your heart.

    This recipe for Farmer’s Daughter Cake has had a life of it’s own ever since I posted it in September of 2016.  So I figured it was high time I updated the pictures and added video to it.

  This simple cake is great because it makes a nice small square cake.  Plus there’s the fudgy frosting!

   Of course that gets my attention every time! Now I’ll let you go back to the original post, I hope you enjoy the new pictures!

     It is finally time to share this cake!  I actually made it in July thinking I was really ahead of the game getting August’s Cake Slice post done so early.

    Then I realized I had looked at September’s list instead of August… so I was even more ahead than I thought!

    I used to be the queen of writing a paper the morning it was due. If only my college professors could see me now!

Close up of fudgy frosting on square farmer's daughter cake

    All four choices sounded delicious as always this month.  But this one definitely stood out for a couple of reasons.

     The first being I had all of the ingredients on hand. That is always one of the most important factors, so that one alone would have probably been enough!

   The second was that it made a small single layer square cake.

piece of vanilla cake with chocolate frosting ready to be served

We were having dinner at my mother-in-law’s and I knew it would be the perfect size to bring and share without burdening anyone with 15 pounds of leftover cake. (I know, life is rough sometimes isn’t it?)

 The third intriguing part of this cake is that instead of using oil or butter, Maida uses cream.  And last but not least, this cake had a fun chocolate frosting and we all know that as far as I am concerned it is the frosting that makes the cake.

bite of creamy cake and fudge frosting ready to eat

     I don’t actually have a square cake pan.  It’s hard to believe, I know.  But I did have a glass square pan.  Had this cake been a layered cake, the hard edges would have been more important.

   But I figured in this case with one layer and a more rustic feel to start with the rounded edges of the casserole pan would work fine.  In the end I actually liked the rounded look, but again would not recommend using a pan like this if I were stacking.

slice of farmer's daughter cake on plates and ready to serve

     The frosting can be a little hard to deal with. Maida made it clear that you had to pour very slowly or you’d end up with a cake in a pool of frosting.  She wasn’t kidding!

    The first time I made the cake, I thought I was working slowly enough and the next thing I knew there was frosting pooled around the cake.  Luckily I had rimmed the cake with wax paper strips.

     I just spooned a bit of the frosting at a time back onto the cake until it mostly stayed put.  Other than that, I really liked the frosting.

    It did form a skin as time went on and the cake traveled fine to dinner.  But when you cut into the cake, the inside of the frosting was still super soft and moist.

   It was almost like a thick chocolate pudding.  It went really well with the cake.

close up of slice of simple cake with chocolate icing

    As you can see though, if you let the frosting cool completely, it actually works quite nicely.  Just check out the video to see how easy it can be!

    We all enjoyed a slice after dinner and a few even went back for seconds right away, which is always a good sign!  Luckily my in-laws were happy to keep the rest of the cake, which was especially good as I had made a couple of cakes that weekend.

     This is definitely a cake that would be worth making again!  It has been a lot of fun baking our way through Maida Heatter’s Cakes with the Cake Slice Bakers.

    I have had good luck with most everything I’ve made and I have really enjoyed seeing everyone else’s bakes as well.  It won’t be long and we’ll be starting our new book.  I can’t wait to dive in!

If you are a frosting fanatic like me, check out my Frosting 101. It goes through the different types of frosting and links to all sorts of delicious recipes!

Yield: 9 Servings

Farmer's Daughter Cake

lifting square piece of vanilla farmer's daughter cake with fudge frosting away from cake plate.

This cake is simple but really good. The cake has no butter or oil in it, just cream. Perhaps it was a dairy farmer's daughter who created it! The fudge frosting is a great pour over frosting that tops it off just right. It's smaller size and tasty combination is sure to work its way into your heart.

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Fudge Icing

  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup cold milk
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 generous Tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and grease and flour an 8x8x2 pan. (I usually use the spray with the flour in it)
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, or your mixer, beat together the eggs, vanilla & almond extracts and sugar until combined. Add the cream and mix until incorporated.
  4. Stir in the dry ingredients, beating just until smooth.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and smooth out the top.
  6. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick tests clean. (Maida warns that the top may dome, but will flatten and that is may crack and that is ok.)
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a rack to cool completely.
  8. Once cool, place upside down on a cake plate so that you have a flat surface on top.


Icing

  1. In a heavy bottomed sauce pan, stir together milk and sugar. Add chocolate and heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and chocolate is melted. Be sure to stir frequently as you go. Remove from heat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks just enough to break them up. Gently temper with a bit of warm chocolate mixture. (I added a few Tablespoons of chocolate mixture and beat vigorously then repeat the process to temper the yolks and keep them from scrambling in the hot chocolate mixture.) Then add egg yolks to the remaining chocolate mixture, beating to combine.
  3. Warm the chocolate mixture over low heat, whisking constantly, for one minute. (Mine stayed pretty smooth, but Maida warns that it may not and you should forge on anyway.)
  4. Transfer chocolate mixture to the bowl of your mixer and stir in the butter and vanilla. Let stand until cool. This may take a while, but I put mine in the refrigerator for a bit to hasten the process.
  5. Beat the icing at high speed for 10-15 minutes. It should be smooth, shiny and about the consistency of corn syrup.
  6. Be sure to place wax paper strips under you cake as this icing can get messy if you are like me and are short on patience!
  7. Pour about half of the icing on the cake and then step back for a minute or so. Then continue to pour the icing just a bit at a time onto the center of the cake. If you poor too quickly, all of the frosting will run down the sides. Gently coax the frosting with a spatula if it needs help going in a certain direction.
  8. If you went slowly enough, the frosting should have stayed mostly in place. If not, just scoop the large puddles off the wax paper and place back on the center of the cake until most of the frosting is on the cake. Carefully remove wax paper strips.
  9. Let the cake sit for a couple of hours so the icing sets.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 446Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 213mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 3gSugar: 53gProtein: 8g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This cake is simple but really good.  The cake has no butter or oil in it, just cream.  Perhaps it was a dairy farmer's daughter who created it! The fudge frosting is a great pour over frosting that tops it off just right.  It's smaller size and tasty combination is sure to work its way into your heart.

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