Bonnie Butter Cake with French Silk Frosting

Angela (Grammy) Derby


One of my husband's favorite cakes is a butter cake with chocolate frosting. In fact, it's pretty much a favorite with just about everyone. I have to say, though, a yellow cake mix just doesn't have the same "pure" flavor that a homemade one does. So, when I make this, I always make it from scratch. This is one of the best and most flavorful butter cakes, and it's from my old Betty Crocker Cookbook.


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  • 2/3 c
    butter, softened
  • 1 3/4 c
  • 3
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 1/4 c
    whole milk

  • 2 2/3 c
    confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 c
    butter, softened
  • 2 oz
    melted unsweetened chocolate (cooled)
  • 3/4 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp

How to Make Bonnie Butter Cake with French Silk Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350' F. ease and flour baking pan, 13x9x2" or two 9" or three 8" round pans.
  2. In large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Continue beating for 5 minutes on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally.
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture alternately with milk. Pour into pans.
  4. Bake oblong for 45-50 minutes, layers 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.
  5. Frost with French Silk Frosting or your favorite chocolate frosting recipe.
  6. In small mixer bowl, blend sugar, butter, chocolate and vanilla on low speed. Gradually add milk; beat until smooth and fluffy. Makes enough frosting for two 9" layers or three 8" layers.

    Variation: This cake is also delicious with a lemon frosting.

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About Bonnie Butter Cake with French Silk Frosting

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

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