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Buttermilk cake is a Southern classic.

Buttermilk Cake - The Southern Lady Cooks

Buttermilk cake is good to serve family and friends as dessert or with a tall glass of milk anytime.  This buttermilk cake is wonderful for any holiday.  It is a classic that never goes out of style and one you will make over and over again.  It makes a great presentation served on any buffet and there will not be any leftover.  Serve it with a scoop of ice cream or just plain with coffee.  This buttermilk cake speaks for itself.  I love the simplicity of the cake and the good old-fashioned taste.  You can never go wrong with this one.

Buttermilk cake makes a beautiful presentation for guests.

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.
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  1. Hi, I want to make this but I don’t have shortening, can vegetable oil be used?

    • The Southern Lady says:

      I usually use shortening but you can try it with the oil or butter. They should work but I have not tried either.

  2. Should there be baking powder in the recipe? How does it rise?

  3. I use the cake part of this recipe to make sheet cakes for my kids birthday, love it! Thanks!

  4. aleen syah says:

    Wonderful cake

  5. 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!

  6. wonderful cake

  7. 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

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

  9. 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 !!

  10. 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.


  12. 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.

  13. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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