1 2 3 4 Cake

1 2 3 4 Cake Recipe

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JoAnn McDaniel


This cake recipe is a basic yellow cake recipe and I got it from Paula Deen's site on Food Network. I generally make this cake for birthdays because I like making layer cakes for birthdays. It always turn out good and it is a basic recipe. Since the recipe says to use your favorite frosting, I used cream cheese with coconut which is one of my favorite frosting.


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  • 1 c
    butter at room temperature
  • 2 c
  • 3 c
    sifted self-rising flour
  • 4
  • 1 c
  • 1 tsp
    pure vanilla extract

  • 8 oz
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c
    unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 c
    confectioners sugar
  • 2 Tbsp
    heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c
    sweetened shredded coconut

How to Make 1 2 3 4 Cake


  1. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) cake pans.
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    Using an electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy.
    Add sugar and continue to cream well for 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    Add flour and milk alternately to creamed mixture, beginning and ending with flour.
    Add vanilla and continue to beat until just mixed.
    Divide batter equally among prepared pans.
  3. Level batter in each pan by holding pan 3 or 4 inches above counter, then dropping it flat onto counter. Do this several times to release air bubbles and assure you of a more level cake
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Cool in pans 5 to 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto cooling racks. Cool completely and spread cake layers with your favorite frosting to make a 3-layer cake.
  5. Beat the cream cheese and butter in a mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add the confectioners' sugar, one cup at a time, alternating with heavy cream. Beat in the salt and vanilla extract. Continue beating until mixture is smooth and spreadable. Add additional confectioners' sugar if necessary to thicken the frosting, or more cream to thin. Stir in 1/2 cup of the coconut. Toast remaining coconut and spoon evenly over frosted cake.

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About 1 2 3 4 Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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