*  Exported from  MasterCook II  *
                      1-2-3-4 Cake with Caramel Icing
 Recipe By     : My Mother’s Southern Kitchen
 Serving Size  : 10   Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Cakes
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    1      cup           butter (2 sticks)
    2      cups          sugar
    3      cups          flour
    4                    eggs -- well beaten
    3      teaspoons     baking powder
    1      cup           milk
    1      teaspoon      pure vanilla extract
      1/2  cup           butter (1 stick)
    1      cup           dark brown sugar -- firmly packed
      1/4  cup           milk
    2      cups          powdered sugar -- well sifted
 Preheat oven 350°. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar 
 together with an electric mixer till smooth, add the eggs and 
 continue beating till smooth. In a bowl, mix the flour and baking 
 powder together and add alternately with the milk to the butter 
 mixture, beating steadily till smooth. Add the vanilla and beat till 
 well blended. Grease and flour three 9 inch cake pans, divide the 
 batter evenly among the pans, “spank” the bottom of the pans to 
 distribute the batter evenly, and bake till a straw inserted in 
 centers comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely. 
 Meanwhile, to make the icing: melt the butter over low heat in a 
 saucepan, add the brown sugar and milk, bring to a boil, and remove 
 from the heat to cool. Add the powdered sugar and mix till well 
 blended. When the cake layers are cooled, remove from the pans, place 
 one layer on a cake plate, and spread one third of the icing on the 
 layer. Place a second layer over the icing and spread with more icing.
  Top with the third layer and
 spread icing over the top and around the sides.
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