When we feel like a quick basic cake, this is what we make. We call it “Jake’s Cake” because it sounds good, and Jake (my brother) likes to help make it. The cake is a Betty classic, and the frosting is the same I always use on cakes. It is difficult to ruin this cake and the hardest part is waiting for it to bake!


Start with putting ALL the cake ingredients in the mixer.

2 1/4 cups flour
1 2/3 cups sugar
3/4 cup softened butter
2/3 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
2/3 cup baking cocoa
1 1/4 cup water

Really, put it all in at the same time. Jake’s a kid, it’s really that easy.


Mix on low speed at first and then turn it up to medium once it starts to mix. Once smooth, you’re ready to go.


Preheat the oven to 350, and get out your favorite 13”x9” pan. Grease with butter.

1 Tablespoon butter


Then dust the pan with flour.

1/4 cup flour


Pour in the batter and bake in the 350 for about 40 minutes. Of course check it at 35 minutes in case it finishes early.


Once it finishes baking let it cool. It has to be completely cool before it can be frosted!


While the cake is cooling, there’s time to whip up the buttercream frosting.Using the whisk attachment start with the powdered sugar and flour, slowly add the liquid ingredients until perfection is reached.

7 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 sticks softened butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
7 Tablespoons milk


Now you can frost the cake! Cover with foil whatever you don’t eat and enjoy it for a couple nights desserts.


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