It's my grandma's 87th birthday! Yup, 87 and can still beat you at needle point poker. Now, being someone who cannot pass up a Sunday without baking even if she just got back from attending a friend's wedding, I decided to take the easy route and just whip up some chocolate fudge frosting rather than make buttercream.
Also, I added some lemon zest to the cake for a burst of freshness.
Vanilla Butter cake
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pans
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
3/4 cup cake flour
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
zest from half a lemon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two 9-by-2-inch round cake pans; line the bottoms with parchment paper. Butter parchment, and dust with flour, tapping out excess; set aside. Into a medium bowl, sift together flours, baking powder, and salt; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk and beginning and ending with the flour; beat until combined after each addition.
Divide batter between the prepared pans, and smooth with an offset spatula. Bake, rotating the pans halfway through, until cakes are golden brown and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer pans to a wire rack to cool 20 minutes. Invert cakes onto the rack; peel off the parchment. Reinvert cakes and let them cool completely, top sides up.
Chocolate Fudge Frosting
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
2 tbsp butter
Mix all ingredients with a wire whisk and cook over low heat until thick. while stirring continuously. This will take about 5-7 minutes. Once it arrives at the right consistency, turn off heat and add the butter. Whisk until butter is melted.