Yield: 16 servings
1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) butter at room temperature
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
4 1/2 cups cake flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Paste food colorings in 3 shades
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 10−inch tube
pan and set aside.
In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine butter
and sugar until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add
eggs, one at a time, beating well after each
addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a
Combine flour and baking powder and slowly add to
butter−egg mixture alternately with milk. Add
vanilla extract and beat until combined.
Divide batter into three equal portions and color
each with about 1/4 teaspoon of paste food coloring.
Mix until color is well−distributed. Spoon one
portion of colored batter into prepared pan and smooth
top. Repeat with remaining portions. Bake for 70
minutes. Remove from oven to wire rack and cool for
10 minutes in pan. Release from pan and cool
Frost with favorite icing, if desired.