You might have noticed I bake. But that doesn’t keep me from calling on my good friend Duncan Hines when I want my yellow cake of choice: Butter Recipe Golden. You know, the one with a stick of butter in the batter? Aw, heck, it says right on the box, “AMERICA’S FAVORITE.” I must be onto something.

Growing up, anytime the cake craving hit, Mr. Hines was the man in my family. But frosting, THAT had to be homemade. I may never find a scratch yellow cake recipe I love as much, but this is the year I’ll give it a shot. Till then, let me tell you about this incredibly chocolatey,  fudge-like frosting that is so easy to whip up.


1 stick (½ cup) butter, softened
4 tablespoons milk (or sour cream, if you have it handy)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1½ – 1¾ cup confectioners sugar
½ cup cocoa (by now, you know my heart belongs to Valrhona)

Beat together butter, milk (or sour cream) and vanilla, then gradually add cocoa and sugar. Frost your cake and enjoy!

And now…

Someone special is celebrating a birthday–no April foolin’! Yes, April Katt herself, the fabulous feline star of Katty’s Kitchen, turns eleven on April 1st. In her honor, I had to have this most purr-fect Yixing teacup.

Hello Katty!

Lovely to look at, delightful to hold

Just like my kattygirl!
Happy Birthday, Queenie!