1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups self rising flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup unsalted butter, very soft
8 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 350°.
Grease and lightly flour three 9 inch round cake pans, then line the bottoms with parchment.
In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth.
Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Combine the flours and add in four parts, alternating with the milk and the vanilla extract, beating well after each addition.
Divide batter among the cake pans.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
Let cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes.
Remove from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
When cake has cooled, ice between the layers, then ice top and sides of cake.
To make the icing - place the butter in a large mixing bowl.
Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla.
Beat until smooth and creamy.
Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, until icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency (you may very well not need all of the sugar).
If desired, add a few drops of food coloring and mix thoroughly.
Use and store icing at room temperature, as icing will set if chilled.
Can store in an airtight container for up to three days.