Vanilla Butter Cake

1 cup butter, softened
2 1/2 cups sugar
5 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup half-and-half
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture alternately with half-and-half, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Pour into a greased and floured 12-cup Bundt pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack; cool 30 minutes or until completely cool. Garnish, if desired.

Fluffy Wintry-White Icing
2 cups powdered sugar
3 to 4 Tbsp. milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon meringue powder

Beat all ingredients with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.