By Kevin Williams
So, Aster and I were looking for something sweet to eat the other night. But with a rather bare pantry we had to make do with what we had. Fortunately, as a collector of Amish recipes, I have plenty of inspiration at my finger tips and most Amish recipes are very minimalist. My eye fell on a "Golden Butter Cake" from one of my favorite Mennonite cookbooks.
Easy, easy cake to make. Top it off with a sweet glaze and you have something that is very pleasant, fluffy, and not too sweet. We ate it for dessert and then for breakfast the next day, it makes a great breakfast cake.
This is a classic "stir n bake" cake. Keep in mind that many Plain people will make their own butter and homemade butter has a much richer golden color and that would be reflected in the cake. I used stick butter from the grocery, so the color is more muted in my cake. We had just exactly the amount of butter the recipe called for, perhaps a sliver less. I think if I had my druthers I would have upped the butter amount to maybe 1 and ¾ cup, but that's just me. Anyway, definitely a fun cake to make (and eat) with my 3-year-old, Aster. Also, the glaze is one we made just using powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, and a tablespoon of maple syrup. Easy, easy.
- 2/ 3 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 /2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 cup milk
- Cream butter and sugar.
- Add eggs.
- Beat well.
- Add dry ingredients alternately with milk and vanilla.
- Makes a 9 X 13 or two 8" layers.
- Bake at 350 for 30 - 40 minutes.