Baking and Snow Days

It is probably a really good thing that I live in the South! When the weather turns cold and it starts to snow, my baking switch turns on. I start making cookies and cakes! My husband loves it! He can eat anything, anytime and still wear the same size jeans since high school. Sick, I know! I take bites and taste things and that size 4 that I wore in high school is long gone. So, if I lived in the North…..there could be trouble. I would be baking all the time!

Today I am going to bake a yellow cake with chocolate icing. Mike says he doesn’t really like yellow cake but we will see. I will let you know if he eats it or not. It really looks and sounds beautiful. This is the recipe that I found on Pinterest:

Old Fashioned Butter Cake

 This beautiful cake recipe is a 100 year old treasure and a keeper!

Old Fashioned Butter Cake
(from Reeni’s Cinnamon Girl blog)

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

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Grease and flour two 8 inch x 2 inch baking pans and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Add butter, milk, and vanilla.  With a hand mixer, beat for  2 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl.

Add eggs and beat for 2 minutes more.

Pour batter into prepared pans, dividing equally between the pans.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Remove from oven.

Cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then turn cakes out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Frost with your favorite frosting.  I used my favorite chocolate frosting, the one on the back of the Hersey’s cocoa can.

“Perfectly Chocolate” Chocolate Frosting

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 an additional few drops to make a nice consistency)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt butter.  Stir in cocoa.  Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency.  Add more milk if needed.  Stir in vanilla.  About 2 cups frosting.

Happy Baking!!!

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