yellow cake

¾ cup butter
3 eggs
2 ½ cups flour
2 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ¾ cups sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 ¼ cups milk

Allow butter and eggs to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Grease & flour your pans, then set aside. In a mixing bowl combine flour, baking powder & salt. Set aside. Preheat your oven to 375F (190C). In a separate mixing bowl beat the butter on med speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add the sugar until well combined. Beat 2 minutes more. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each. Beat in the vanilla. Alternately add flour mixture and milk, beating on low speed until combined. Pour batter into desired pans/cupcake holders. Bake as directed below:

9 inch round (2): 20-25 min
8 inch round (2): 30-35 min
13x9 pan (1): 25-30 min
Cupcakes: 20-25 minutes

...or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool on wire racks for at least 10 minutes. Remove cake rounds from pans, and cool thoroughly. Frost with your favorite frosting!


3.5 cups flour

2 tsp salt
1 tsp dry yeast
2 T maple syrup
1 1/4 cups warm water (80-90 degrees)
canola oil
1 egg white

sesame seeds or poppy seeds on top
1 tsp cinnamon (added to dry ingredients)

In a large bowl thoroughly mix flour, salt, yeast. Add maple syrup last, and mix well. Gradually add warm water to dry ingredients and mix until combined well. Knead for 5-10 minutes. Add extra flour or water until you have a soft dough (smooth and elastic). Brush dough in oil and place back in your bowl, covered in saran wrap. Allow to rise in a warm place for 2 hours.

After 2 hours, remove from bowl and roll onto a slightly floured surface. Divide into 12 equal parts, and roll into balls. Poke a hole with your thumb thru each bagel, and set onto a greased surface (You could also roll into strips, pinch together and form circles). Cover, and allow to rise again (20 min). Bring water to boil in large shallow pan - about 2-3 inches deep of water. Lower heat, and add a few bagels at a time. Simmer for one minute on each side (2 min total). Remove from water and place on a towel to cool. Then place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375°F for 10 minutes. In a small bowl, beat 1 egg white with a dash of cold water. Brush bagels with water/egg mixture (this is when you could add sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic, etc. on top) and put back in the oven again for another 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned. Remove bagels from baking sheets and cool on wire rack. Yum!!