Classic Birthday Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting 

It’s my 40th birthday on the 17th. Hopefully I’ll get my wish. This Butter cake recipe reminiscent of the 1-2-3-4 cake that my husband Grandma used to bake. The numbers refer to ingredient amounts. It’s sure delicious! 

Classic Birthday Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting 

Cake

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup milk

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Decorator sprinkles, if desired

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13×9-inch baking pan; set aside. 

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in bowl. Set aside.

Place sugar and 1 cup butter in another bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until creamy. Add eggs, 2 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with 1 cup milk, beating at low speed after each addition.

Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely. 

Place 1/2 cup butter and cooled chocolate in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, alternately with 1/4 cup milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla and scraping bowl occasionally, until well mixed. 

Note: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons additional milk to frosting for desired spreading consistency.

Frost cooled cake. Sprinkle with decorator sprinkles, if desired.

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