A classic vanilla cake is a staple for birthdays and special occasions.  Here is a simple recipe that comes out delicious every time!

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup milk
1 3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
pinch salt

Whisk butter until creamy and smooth. Add sugar and mix well. Stir in eggs, vanilla and milk. Add flour, baking powder and salt and mix together gently. Pour batter into a greased cake pan, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until cake pulls away from the edges of the pan. The baking time can vary for different sized pans.

2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring, if desired

Melt butter in a bowl, and add all other ingredients. Add extra confectioners sugar if too thin, or more milk if too thick. Spread over cooled cake!