Birthday Cake

Today is the birthday of my childhood friend, Pattie. In her honor I’m posting our family’s favorite birthday cake recipe. My Mom would bake cakes for everyone’s birthday, friend, neighbor or local kid. I’ve taken up this tradition, too, adding an iced cake to feed musicians during rehearsals and recording sessions. This is the favorite cake

Kate’s Favorite Cake
1-2-3-4 Cake

1 cup of milk
1/2 teasp of salt
2 cups of sugar
2 sticks of margarine or butter
2 teaspoons Vanilla
3 cups of Flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
4 eggs

Pre heat oven to 375. grease and flour 3 8″ layer pans or 1 13″x9″x2″ pan. Have all ingredients at room temperature.

Cream butter (or margarine) and sugar together until light. Add the eggs one at a time and beat well after each entry. Sift dry ingredients together and alternate dry ingredients and milk into the butter, sugar and eggs mixture. Add vanilla. Mix until smooth. Pour evenly into pan(s).

Bake 30- 35 minutes until the cake tests done. Cool on wire racks. When cool, frost with ‘Creamy Vanilla Icing’

Creamy Vanilla Icing –

With your electric mixer- beat until light and feathery:
1/2 C granulated sugar, 1/4 C butter or margarine and 1/4 C Crisco (You can use all butter or margarine if you want)

In a small saucepan, cook over medium-low heat until very stiff and mixture follows the spoon:
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup milk
pinch of salt
Cool this mixture to barely warm, then add to the sugar/butter mixture and beat well until blended. Beat in 2 teaspoons vanilla.

Now, blend in 2 cups of powdered sugar and beat until smooth.

And now, a really crappy picture of a very yummy cake!

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