Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 15 Mins
Yield
Makes 12 to 15 servings
Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 325°. Beat butter and sugar at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until fluffy. Gradually add egg whites, one-third at a time, beating well after each addition.

Step 2

Sift together cake flour and baking powder; gradually add to butter mixture alternately with 1 cup water, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into a greased and floured 13- x 9-inch pan.

Step 3

Bake at 325° for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Remove from pan to a serving platter. Spread top and sides of cake with frosting.

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