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This buttermilk cake is good to serve family and friends as dessert or with a tall glass of milk anytime.

2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
6 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
Beat sugar, shortening, vanilla and eggs together with spoon or mixer.  Mix flour, salt and baking soda with a wire whisk and add to creamed mixture.   Add milk and continue mixing until smooth.  Divide between 3 sprayed cake pans and bake in preheated 325 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes until centers test done.  Let cool and remove from pans.  You can frost with any frosting you like. I used the chocolate below.
Chocolate Frosting
1 stick  or 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 to 6 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup cocoa ( I use Nestles 100% pure cocoa)
Mix all ingredients with mixer until spreading consistency.  Spread on cake.
Be sure to check out these great cake recipes, too: 
Chocolate Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate Buttermilk Frosting
Chocolate Caramel Walnut Cake
Chocolate Chip Banana Cake
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  1. aleen syah says:

    Wonderful cake

  2. Chevening Jennings says:

    Saw this on my Pinterest feed….I will be making this for Easter in the next few weeks. I will be subbing the one cup shortening for 1/2 c leaf lard and 1/2 c butter. It has proven successful in other cake recipes that I have baked yielding the fork to slice through a velvety-y mass! Thanks so much for a wonderful looking recipe!

  3. wonderful cake

  4. Tried this recipe yesterday. The cake was great. My icing doesn’t look like the picture. Not sure why but loved the taste of the cake and icing together! Thanks for the Share

  5. Ms Crissy says:

    Just made this cake for my hubby for Fathers Day and did a little alternating for a moist cake. But a very good cake!!!

  6. I am going to make this the weekend. For my frosting I will use duncan hines chocolate whipped frosting, doesn’t get any better than that. Thanks for sharing !!

  7. In the oven now. I mixed by hand and it brought back memories of my grandmother! The batter reminded me of her too when I tasted it. I’m excited about eating this tomorrow! I’m using your frosting and making it for my daughter’s birthday.


  9. Lilian Darnell says:

    Loved the recipe. As I live in Scotland what do you mean by shortening? Am I right in thinking it is butter or margarine? Received the recipe from my cousin in Miami.

    • The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, you can use butter or margarine. Shortening is like a solid vegetable oil but butter can be used in place of it in most recipes.

  10. Hi, Judy! Thanks for this beautiful classic! It is one of the featured cakes in my “Favorite Finds” blog post on Yesterfood.

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    Love, Joy

  11. I wish I had a piece of your cake, now!! I’m going to bookmark this one for “soon”

  12. I want this as my birthday cake. And I may just change my birthday to sayyyyy…tomorrow, to accomplish that!

  13. [email protected] says:

    I think my blood sugar went up 200 points just looking at it, but it looks delicious 🙂

  14. Looks so good. I have buttermilk that need used up. What a better way then a cake.

  15. Sounds so good–I think I may just use this for my family’s Easter gathering!

  16. Sounds delicious. Can’t wait to try it!!

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