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This easy butter cake is the cake I use when I want to have a beautiful cake for a party.  I used it for all the birthday parties I hosted in the restaurant, and now I make it for all the family special occasions. Recently, Raychel, my beautiful (not that I’m biased) daughter graduated from The University of Texas at Austin. We had a small family gathering to celebrate, so of course, I fell back on this perfect butter cake recipe. I frosted it with my cream cheese icing (Raychel’s favorite), added some sparkle on top, some fresh flowers to garnish, and a graduation hat cake topper, which made it the perfect cake for a few pictures. I love that you can serve it with different flavors of ice cream or come up with different types of fillings for between layers (also making this a great wedding cake base).  But the best thing about this easy butter cake? It tastes marvelous!

PREP: 20 minutesCOOK: 20 minutesYIELD: 2 – 9in. Rounds



  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. Spray 2 9in. Round cake pans with cooking spray.
  4. Divide mixture evenly between the prepared two pans.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the center springs back when touched.

To make the Icing:

  1. Make sure the butter and cream cheese are at room temperature.
  2. Mix butter, cream cheese, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time until the icing is creamy and ready to spread.

Ice the cakes, decorate, and enjoy!

Maurie Kay

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