Friday, January 14, 2011

Bonnie Butter Cake / Chocolate Wacky Cake / Chocolate Mayo Cake / Fluffy Frosting

From the Betty Crocker Cookbook - New and Revised Edition
This was part of the recipe for our daughter's wedding cake, along with the best chocolate cake (recipe below).
1  3/4 cup sugar                                              
2/3 cup butter, softened                                
2 eggs                                                             
1  1/2 tsp. vanilla (or almond flavoring)         
2  3/4 cup unbleached flour or 3 cups cake flour
2  1/2 tsp. baking powder                               
1 tsp. salt                                                         
1   1/4 cups milk       
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour oblong pan (13 x 9 x 2 inches, or two 9 inch or three 8 inch round layer pans.  Mix sugar, butter, eggs and flavoring until fluffy.  Beat in flour, baking powder and salt alternately with milk on low speed.  Pour into pan (s).  Bake until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Bake oblong pan 45 to 50 minutes, layers 30 to 35 minutes; cool.  Frost. 
For a Whole Wheat Bonnie Butter Cake: Decrease sugar to 1 1/2 cups. Substitute 1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour for 1 1/4 cups of white flour.  Do not use cake flour.

One of my mother's favorite cake recipes - very easy and tasty, although I try not to eat sweets most of the time.  It's just very difficult not to have sweets at a wedding.
1 recipe                           4 x's the recipe                 
2/3 cup cocoa                 2 cups                                
2 cups sugar                  8 cups                               
3 cups flour                   12 cups                                    
2 tsp. baking soda         2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp.                 
1/2 tsp. salt                    2 tsp.                                 
1 cup oil                         4 cups                               
2 cups water                 8 cups
2 tsp vinegar                 2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp.
2 tsp. vanilla                 2 Tbsp. + 2 tsp.
Combine all ingredients; beat well.  Pour into 13 x 9 x 2" pan for a single recipe.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.  Four times the single recipe fills 3 Airbake pans plus one round cake pan.  For the round cake pan, cut in half, down the center and make half of a two layer cake.

From the Betty Crocker Cookbook - New and Revised Edition
1 cup unbleached flour       1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. buttermilk
1 cup sugar                           1/4 cup shortening
1/2 tsp. baking soda            1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt                          1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. water    
                                2 oz. melted unsweetened chocolate, cool
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour square pan, 8x8x2 or 9x9x2 inches.  Beat all ingredients in large mixer bowl on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, 30 seconds.  Beat on high speed, scraping bowl occasional, 3 minutes.  Pour into pan.  Bake until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes, cool.  Frost.


Combine:                                      Add:
2 cups flour                                  1 cup cold water
1 cup sugar                                   1 cup mayonnaise      
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder            2 tsp. vanilla    
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda                        
1/4 cup. unsweetened cocoa                                      
1/4 tsp. salt

Sift dry ingredients into a large bowl. Add the water and beat 1 minute. Add the mayonnaise and beat 1 minute. Add the vanilla and beat 1 minute. Pour into a greased and floured pan, 13 x 9 inch square for a very high cake.  If you don't use frosting for other occasions, you may want to sprinkle with chopped nuts and chocolate bits for a good frosting.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

This is the best frosting!  Not as sweet as some, and very fluffy!  For chocolate frosting, add sifted unsweetened cocoa and mix well.

Whip the following four ingredients with an electric mixer until fluffy:
        2 cups Crisco (or 1 cup Crisco and 1 cup real butter)
        1 Tbsp. vanilla
        1 tsp. butter flavoring (or other flavoring)
        1 envelope Dream Whip powder
Add and beat well:
        Pinch of salt
        2 pounds confectioner's sugar (add gradually)
        1/3 cup (or less) milk or water