World Baking Day

January is National Baking Month, however, since 2012, World Baking Day has been observed on the May 17. The original intent of the day was to make and give away a homemade cake. The day has since evolved into baking and giving away all kinds of baked goods.

Bonnie Butter Cake
By Angela (Grammy) Derby


2/3 cup butter, softened
1-3/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 cups whole milk


2-2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2/3 cup butter, softened
2 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate (cooled)
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons milk


Preheat oven to 350′ F. Grease and flour baking pan, 13 x 9 x 2″ or two 9″ or three 8″ round pans.

In large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Continue beating for 5 minutes on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl; add to butter mixture alternately with milk. Pour into pans.

Bake oblong for 45-50 minutes, layers 30-35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool.

Frost with French Silk Frosting or your favorite chocolate frosting recipe.

In small mixer bowl, blend sugar, butter, chocolate and vanilla on low speed. Gradually add milk; beat until smooth and fluffy. Makes enough frosting for two 9″ layers or three 8″ layers.

Variation: This cake is also delicious with a lemon frosting.