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Special Birthday Cake

 Special Birthday Cake
"My mother shared this recipe with me, and it's been a family favorite for years," writes Midge Crookshanks of Rupert, West Virginia. "We use it for almost any celebration."
12-14 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


  • 1/3 cup vanilla or white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon evaporated milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups vanilla or white chocolate chips
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract


  • In a small bowl, combine the chips and water; stir until chips are
  • melted. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add egg yolks,
  • one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add melted chip
  • mixture, buttermilk and vanilla; beat well. Combine flour and baking
  • soda; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold
  • into the creamed mixture.

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Directions (continued)

  • Pour into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans. Bake at
  • 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the
  • center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, combine the sugar, milk and butter in a saucepan; bring
  • to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute; remove from the
  • heat. Stir in chips and vanilla until smooth; cool. Spread frosting
  • between layers and over top and sides of cake. Yield: 12-14
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 639 calories, 33 g fat (20 g saturated fat), 121 mg cholesterol, 355 mg sodium, 79 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 8 g protein.