1-2-3-4 Cake and frosting

as served at Run 1234, 24 April 2012, SHD & Sister Act's abode, baked by Insatiable Thirst

 

1-2-3-4 Cake from http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/1234cake.htm

1 cup soft margarine (2 sticks) - 226g butter
2 cups sugar
4 medium eggs
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon each salt and vanilla
3 cups flour
1 cup milk

Get out a nice big bowl. Use electric beaters to cream together the margarine and sugar. Beat them together until they are light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Everything should be light, fluffy, and satiny smooth. Add the baking powder, salt and vanilla. Mix well with the beaters. Add the flour alternately with the milk, in about 3 batches. Beat the batter smooth. Turn the cake batter into a large well oiled 3-quart tube pan, or a 9 by 13-inch rectangular pan. Bake at 350F (175C). The tube pan should bake about an hour, and the rectangle pan should bake about 40 minutes. The cake will shrink away from the sides of the pan when it is done. This is a large and dignified cake. It doesn’t need frosting because it is so rich. But if you insist on gilding the lily, a thin glaze is most appropriate. Slice it thinly and serve with cut up fruit, either fresh or canned.

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Cream Cheese Frosting from http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/402741-Cream-Cheese-Frosting

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened 
2 teaspoons vanilla 
5 3/4-6 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese, butter, and vanilla with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Gradually beat in additional powdered sugar to reach spreading consistency.

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IT notes: cups are the American cups. bundt pan took about 45 mins. I opted for frosting as it came out a little ugly from the pan - cake did not "shrink from the pan". Used probably 3 cups icing sugar for the frosting.

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