Miss Ella’s Old-Timey Layered Yellow Cake With Fudgy Chocolate Frosting

Give this cake a try and you will see why I love it so much.  It is yellow which reminds me of the cake mix I used to know and love.  Has that perfect buttery flavor! And then is topped (and layered) with a delicious homemade chocolate frosting that is thick and rich and well, let’s just say I always make a double batch of the frosting and go heavy on the cake with it.  Yeah, it is just that good!


What?! Over 100 years old? That is absolutely amazing! I love finding little keepers like this that are classic, vintage and old-fashioned!



For cake:

2 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour, sifted

1  1/4 cup Domino sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup Land O’ Lakes butter, softened

1 cup McArthur milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

Chocolate Frosting:

1 stick (1/2 cup) Land O’ Lakes butter or margarine

2/3 cup Hershey’s cocoa

3 cups Domino powdered sugar (confectioners’ sugar)

1/3 cup McArthur  milk  (plus an additional few drops to make a nice consistency)

1 teaspoon vanilla


For Cake:

Preheat oven to 350*F.  Grease and flour two 8 inch x 2 inch baking pans and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Add butter, milk, and vanilla.  With a hand mixer, beat for  2 minutes, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl.

Add eggs and beat for 2 minutes more.

Pour batter into prepared pans, dividing equally between the pans.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Remove from oven.

Cool in the pans for 10 minutes and then turn cakes out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Frost with your favorite frosting.  I used my favorite chocolate frosting, the one on the back of the Hersey’s cocoa can.

For Frosting:

Melt butter.  Stir in cocoa.  Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating on medium speed to spreading consistency.  Add more milk if needed.  Stir in vanilla.  About 2 cups frosting




Quick Tip: Make a double batch of frosting…you will want it!