Old Fashioned Butter Cake

The Old Fashioned Butter Cake, with its heritage from a 1910 McCall’s cookbook, is not just a dessert but a piece of culinary history. This timeless recipe yields a fluffy and moist cake, simple yet elegant in its flavor. Paired with the “Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Frosting, it’s a classic combination that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Let’s go through the recipe:

Old Fashioned Butter Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat Oven: Set to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 8 inch x 2 inch baking pans.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add Wet Ingredients: Add butter, milk, and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes with a hand mixer, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
  4. Add Eggs: Beat in the eggs for another 2 minutes.
  5. Bake: Divide the batter equally between the pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool: Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

“Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup Hershey’s cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar)
  • 1/3 cup milk (plus additional as needed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Melt Butter: Start by melting the butter.
  2. Add Cocoa: Stir in the cocoa powder.
  3. Mix Sugar and Milk: Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to a spreading consistency. Add more milk if needed.
  4. Add Vanilla: Stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Frosting Ready: You should have about 2 cups of frosting.
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After your cakes have cooled, apply the chocolate frosting evenly. The result is a delightful combination of a classic butter cake with rich chocolate frosting, perfect for any occasion from family gatherings to special celebrations.

Enjoy baking and indulging in this century-old treasure of a recipe!

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