The Bonnie Butter Cake with French Silk Frosting….. The memories of that cake always made me smile, and I felt comforted without having to eat it. I could remember the taste, the smell, the buttery chocolate burst of happiness filling my mouth; but most importantly, the memories of sitting at the table with my dad, sharing a piece of cake and a glass of milk.
While I was at my cousin’s over the weekend, I was overjoyed to see he still had his mother’s old Betty Crocker cookbook. I had been searching for the recipe that my Dad used to make when I was a kid. I happily scratched it down on a piece of paper.
I had tried other recipes but none could reproduce that cake; maybe it was also the memories I was trying to reproduce? Anyway, on to the recipe!
Betty Crocker’s Bonnie Butter Cake Recipe:
• 2/3 cup butter, softened
• 2 and ¾ cups flour *
• 1 and ¾ cups of sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 and ½ teaspoons vanilla
• 2 and ½ teaspoons of baking powder
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 and ¼ cups milk
• French Silk Frosting
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Grease and flour baking pan, 13x8x2 inches, or 3 round layer pans, 8×1 ½ inches.
3. In large mixer bowl, mix butter, sugar , eggs and vanilla until fluffy.
4. Beat 5 minutes on high speed, scraping the bowl occasionally.
5. On low speed, mix flour, baking powder and salt alternately with milk
6. Pour batter into pan(s).
7. Bake oblong 45 to 50 mins, layers 30 to 35 mins or until wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
8. Cool Cake
9. Frost with French Silk Frosting
*If using self-rising flour, omit baking powder and salt.
French Silk Frosting
• 2 and 2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
• 2/3 cup soft butter
• 2 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate (cool)
• ¾ teaspoon of vanilla
• 2 tablespoons of milk
1. In small mixer bowl, blend sugar, butter, chocolate and vanilla on low speed.
2. Slowly Add milk;
3. Beat until smooth
There you have it, the best butter cake recipe one could ever bake. I plan on baking one very soon, maybe this upcoming weekend.
Recipe and Original Cake photo Copyright – 1971 General Mills