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Easy Scratch Cooking(Recipes: 1-2-3-4 Cake and Apple Butter Cake with Apple Butter Cream Cheese Icing)


  • 1-2-3-4 Cake
  • A historic recipe that traditionally was used for birthday cakes. It's moist and makes enough batter for three generous layers.
  • 1 cup 2 sticks of butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups self-rising flour sifted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Apple Butter Cream Cheese Icing
  • 1 stick butter room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 pound powdered sugar plus 1/2 cup
  • 1 tablespoon apple butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Apple Butter Cake with Apple Butter Cream Cheese Icing
  • One recipe of 1-2-3-4 cake cooled
  • 1 cup apple butter
  • One recipe Apple Butter Cream Cheese Icing


  • For cake:
  • Cream butter and sugar, using electric mixer, until light and fluffy, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time and mix well after each addition.
  • Alternate adding flour and buttermilk to creamed mixture, mixing only until well incorporated. Don't over mix. Scrape down sides of bowl a few times during mixing.
  • Stir in vanilla.
  • Divide batter into three (9 inch) greased and floured cake pans and spread evenly. Pick up pans slightly and drop on counter 2 or 3 times to remove air bubbles and help level out cake batter.
  • Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pans 10 minutes. Place on cooling racks to continue cooling.
  • For Icing:
  • Cream butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually add powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Mix in apple butter and vanilla.
  • To assemble:
  • Place one layer of cake on a cake plate. Poke several holes in top with toothpick. Spread 1/2 cup apple butter over top of cake.
  • Place second layer of cake on stack. Poke several holes in top with toothpick. Spread remaining 1/2 cup of apple butter on cake.
  • Top stack with third layer of cake.
  • Frost top and sides with Apple Butter Cream Cheese Icing.
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