Since Millie doesn't yet have a favorite cake I chose for her and made mint brownies. She's a frosting girl anyway, so it didn't really matter what I made so long as it had frosting.
First for the cake brownies:
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Grease a 15x10x1-inch baking pan (I used more like a 9x13); set aside.
3. In a pan heat sugar, butter and cocoa powder over medium heat till butter melts, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add eggs and vanilla. Using a wooden spoon, beat lightly just till combined.
4. Combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to chocolate mixture, beating after each addition. Stir in nuts, if using.
5. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for about 20 minutes (may be longer with a 13x9 pan) or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Cool completely before frosting. (see next post)
For a printable version of the brownies and frosting, click here.