Lightning Cake

Adapted from Joy of Cooking

3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp vanilla powder (you could add up to 1/2 tsp vanilla, I added less because I don't have the best quality vanilla powder)

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup margarine, room temperature


Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease an 8 inch round cake pan.  Line with parchment paper and grease again.

In a large bowl (I used my mixer to make this), whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, vanilla powder, and salt.  Add egg and milk.  With the mixer on medium speed, mix for 2 minutes.  Add the margarine and beat on low speed for 1 minutes.  Scrape down the bowl and beat on medium-high speed for 1 1/2 minutes.  Scrape down the bowl again and beat on low speed for 30 seconds.

Transfer to prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for 10 minutes.  Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

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