#5: Butter Cake with Chocolate Pan Frosting

Here is a cake that is so simple, yet so mouth watering good! This cake lasts about 2 days in my house, if I am lucky. No cake lover will pass up this cake.

Basic Butter Cake


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Generously grease two 9 inch round pans, or one 9×13 pan with solid vegetable shortening, dust with a little cake mix. Set aside.
  2. Place cake mix, milk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla in mixing bowl. Blend with electric mixer for 1 minute, scrape sides, continue mixing on medium for 2 minutes. Pour batter into pan(s). Place in oven.
  3. Bake until cake is golden brown and springs back when touched lightly with your finger. 20 – 30 minutes. Remove pans from oven, place on wire rack to cool.

Chocolate Pan Frosting

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 3 – 4 cups powdered sugar
  1. Place the butter in a medium/large saucepan and melt over low heat, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in cocoa powder and milk until mixed well. Let mix just come to a boil, stirring, and then remove pan from the heat.
  2. Stir in confectioners sugar until desired smooth consistency.
  3. Frost completely cooled cake immediately, before frosting cools, because this goes on best while warm!!
  4. Top with your favorite topping i.e. marshmallows, sprinkles,  nuts, coconut

What is 150 Cakes?!

Welcome to 150 Cakes in a Year. (or so).  What I want to do is complete all of Anne Byrn’s recipe book The Cake Doctor in one year (or so).    I will try to keep the recipes with fruit within that season.  By doing this I can hope to help my readers become familiar with Seasonal Fruit.  And by using whats in season and fresh, this will make your cakes that much more delicious.

If you haven’t heard of The Cake Doctor then you’re in for a suprise.  All, I mean ALL, of her recipes are based on a cake mix!  She has literally “doctored” up these cake mixes and came up with delicious, mouth watering cakes.   These recipes are a snap, even for the beginning baker.

So, I hope you will join me for the next year (or so) as we bake together with The Doctor.

The first recipe will be Earthquake Cake.  A lovely combination of devil’s food and cream cheese!

And remember, “A slice a day keeps the psychologist away.”

Happy baking!

~ Ellen