Winter Wonderland Vanilla Cake with Buttercream

Looking for a cute winter cake? Make a vanilla one with frosty green buttercream and silver sprinkles. Display your cake next to a village of trees (found in the dollhouse section of Hobby Lobby or $1.99)! Or better yet, serve each piece with a tree at your guest's place-setting!

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
½ cup vegetable shortening
3 cups granulated sugar
5 eggs, room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup whole milk, room temperature
½ cup buttermilk, room temperature

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare three 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick baking spray or coated well with shortening or butter and floured, taking care to remove all excess flour.
Cream together butter and shortening until light and fluffy with an electric mixer. Slowly add sugar one cup at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each cup before adding another. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to fully incorporate each egg before adding another. Add the vanilla.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Pour milks and vanilla into measuring cup and whisk together with a fork. Add to butter and shortening mixture alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
Gently stir all ingredients until well combined. Stop mixer and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl, making sure to have all ingredients mixed well.
Evenly distribute cake batter between cake pans and place pans into oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove and allow to cool slightly in cake pans for about 5 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack.

To frost cake, make a buttercream frosting, recipe below.

Buttercream Frosting:

2-1/2 cups (5 sticks) unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
5-1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
4-1/2 tablespoons milk
1-1/2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter for 7 minutes on medium speed. Butter will become very pale and creamy.
Add remaining ingredients and mix on low-speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed for 7 minutes. Frosting will be very light and fluffy.