Servings: Makes 1 large 8-inch cake
Vanilla Butter Cake:
- 3 1/4 cups cake flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract, in a pinch)
- 6 large egg yolks
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- milk (optional, if needed)
- Strawberry Jam Filling or your favorite store bough strawberry jam
- Electric Mixer
- Cake turntable
- Offset Spatula
- For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 8-inch (20-cm) cake pans, or line your cupcake pans.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. (If you don’t have one, like me, simply use a hand-held electric beater.) Add the sugar and mix on medium-high until the butter is light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl.
- Turn the mixer to medium-low and add egg yolks, one at a time followed by vanilla bean paste. Stop the mixer and scrape down the bowl.
- Turn the mixer to low (or switch to using a spatula) and add the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk in two batches, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix on medium speed for no longer than 30 seconds after the last streaks of the dry ingredients are combined.
- Evenly divide the batter between your two 8-inch cake pans and bake for 25 to 28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Let them cool on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before removing the cakes from their pans. Once removed, let cool completely.
- For the frosting: In a stand mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, matcha powder, and vanilla. If the frosting is too thick, add a splash of milk. If the frosting is too thin, add a little bit more sugar.
- For the assembly: Start with the first layer of cake, and spread about 1/4 cup of strawberry jam on top of the cake. Place the second layer of cake on top of the first and frost away! Here’s a great video to get you started on frosting.