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Monday, October 31, 2016

MiMi's Birthday Cake (French Butter Cake with Fudge Icing)


     I've been on a roll with recipes from my great-grandma Peggy.  First there was her German Chocolate Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting that was out of this world good.  I mean broiled frosting!!  You have to check it out if you haven't already.  Then there was her Apple Crisp.  I mean really, it is hard to go wrong with an apple crisp, especially this time of year.  The funny thing this cake was the one I made first out of the three of them. This is MiMi's favorite birthday cake.  The one from her grandma's recipe that was made for her as a little girl.  The one she remembers, enjoys and still wants to have to this very day.  So, of course I had to make her one for her birthday at the beginning of the month.  I have gone back and forth a hundred times as to whether or not to share it.  But I have decided to go ahead and give you the goods.


    I know, it seems silly.  But there were a few reasons I was hemming and hawing all month long.  First, this is one of those super special near and dear to her heart recipes that MiMi only recently shared with me.  She wants it to be sacred and only served on her birthday... it is HER birthday cake after all.  In fact, she has only had possession of the recipe for a few years herself.  Her aunt was able to come up with it not all that long ago, before that it was just the stuff of legends.  (So if you are reading this DO NOT make this cake for my mom... unless it's her birthday.  It's the rules!)



     Secondly, I really didn't get any good pictures that do it justice.  Third, I made the cake exactly how the recipe card was written.   It was DELICIOUS.  Dense and buttery with the fudgy frosting that MiMi had always talked about.  But it was a bit squatty.  Part of the issue was I used 9" pans, 8" would have probably scaled a bit better.  When I mentioned it to MiMi, she said that her aunt had told her that they normally scale it up a bit to make it a taller cake.  They make 1 1/2 times the amount called for in the recipe to give it more height.  The funny thing is, once she said something about that it rang a bell.  We must have discussed it when she got the recipe.



       So, I was going to hold out on you.  Maybe I'd post it a different time.  But, MiMi's birthday is a whole year away and that is a long time to wait!  So, I figured I could go ahead and give you a taste of MiMi's birthday cake.  Then maybe next October, I'll pull out the recipe again and try to get you better pictures and a taller cake.  In the meantime I will share it with you the way I made it, the way the recipe card states.  Then we can see what happens next year ;-)



French Butter Cake

Ingredients:

Cake:

2 sticks butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla 
1/2 cup milk

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and prepare to 8" cake pans.
  2. Cream butter until smooth.  Add sugar and blend. Add slightly beaten eggs and vanilla.  Mix until smooth.
  3. Sift dry ingredients together and add to butter mixture, alternating with milk.  Start and end with flour.
  4. Pour into prepared pans and bake for 20 minutes.  Cool for about 5 minutes, then turn onto wire racks and cool completely.
Chocolate Icing:

6 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter
1 box (1 lb) confectioners sugar 
1 tsp vanilla
Enough half and half or cream to make spreadable

  1. Melt chocolate and butter together in a double boiler until smooth.  
  2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and powdered sugar.  
  3. Add half and half or cream a bit at a time until creamy and spreadable.
  4. Spread over cake while warm.


20 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for making my special birthday cake. It was perfect and just the way I remember it. Now my grandma, my mom and you have made it for me. How fun is that? Fun for me- that is for sure. So glad you posted the rules. And Jaxon lined those candles up just perfectly so that we could blow them out quickly and get straight to eating it!

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    1. He's becoming a pro at this birthday party stuff! I am glad you enjoyed it!

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  2. Aww first of all, precious pictures!!! Seconds, I would want seconds, lol but secondly...I know this cake is delicious and all that love that goes into it!! Well, that just makes it all the more special!! Happy Monday and Happy Halloween beautiful!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Andrea! And I hope you had a Happy Halloween as well!

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  3. Happy Birthday to Mimi♥ The cake is beautiful ♥

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  4. My best friend at work loves yellow cake with chocolate icing. I have to make this for her birthday! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda

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    1. This would be great for her then! Thanks, Linda!

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  5. This sounds yummy!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  6. I love that you are working with the family to record all the recipes that have been held dear and that you are documenting them to pass on. My Gran and I would make these muffins, we called them Softies. They were the best! We would make them together, it was our thing, before family dinners. Now that she is gone no one has the recipe or knows how to make them. I miss that. And that the passing on, the family tradition, has ended. Makes me miss her more.

    Happy Birthday to Mimi. I want this to be my birthday cake too! French butter cake and chocolate frosting? Oh yeah! Delish!

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    1. Oh man, I wish we could all know what was in softies now! We love to make muffins. I have been really enjoying making all of these family recipes. Some I grew up with, others are new to me but make me feel connected to my family's past.

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  7. I wish I had recipes that were handed down through the family but, sadly I don't. I'm glad you're ensuring this happens in yours. Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

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    1. Thank you! It has been fun making recipes from my great-grandmas and sometimes even further back than that.

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  8. This looks delicious! I love cherished family recipes, I wish I had some from my grandma. The only one I have is a holiday side dish that I don't even like, ha ha. Luckily I have recipes from my mom that I treasure 😁

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    1. I have been really enjoying some of these older recipes. Too funny that you don't even like the one from your grandma! At least your mom is filling the gap. Thanks, Jessica!

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  9. Congratulations!
    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and enjoy your new Red Plate!
    Miz Helen

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  10. I promise to not make this for your mom, but I may just have to make it for my husband. Love the family history and love for this recipe. Heart warming :)

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    1. Thank you! My mom appreciates you following the rules!

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