I had gotten some heavy cream and decided to make butter, and a byproduct of home made butter is buttermilk.
I've used buttermilk in cornbread before but wanted to use some in a cake. A lady I know makes a chocolate cake with buttermilk, but I'd already made a couple of chocolate cakes and wanted to make a different cake this time. I didn't want everyone to think I only knew how to make Chocolate Cake, even if it is sooooo good.
I should mention, I'm making cakes every couple of weeks for a cake raffle at the local legion.
It's a win win situation, they get a cake to raffle off, and I get to bake a cake, giggle, and decorate it.
I like baking cakes, and decorating them as well but don't like them hanging around my house. That cute little voice they use that keeps saying ' I'm here, cut a piece, try me out'. It wears on you. And then before you know it, that little slice you took just to taste becomes a bigger and bigger slice and then the whole cake is gone.
But I'm outsmarting that voice, I bake and then take the cake for a little ride and drop it off.
This time round I baked a Buttermilk Cake using my own home made butter and buttermilk in not only the cake, but also the frosting.
I think this is a keeper, and since I've got lots of butter in the freezer, as well as buttermilk, this will be a repeat.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, butter 2 - 8 inch round pans, placing parchment paper on the bottom of the pan if desired, and butter that as well.
- Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla extract together until the mixture is almost white in color and the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the eggs, one at a time and beat together. The batter will look like it's separating, but that's normal.
- Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda and set aside. Add the wet and dry ingredients alternating the dry and wet, starting with the dry, (1/4 of the dry, then 1/3 of the wet), beating well after each addition. Finish off with the dry.
- Pour the batter into the two pans, and then tap the pans a couple of times, to get the bubbles out. My trick is to raise the pans up a couple of inches and then drop them down on the counter. This forces any air bubbles out, and helps the cake to bake more evenly. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Frost and serve. I used my Best Ever Frosting, (Boiled Milk Frosting)for the top and a mixture of the frosting and plum jelly for the middle.