This is an old recipe that most people probably have in their recipe box. Remember those? Little slips of paper or cards your grandparents, moms, or neighbors wrote on their favorite recipes with notes and secret tips for making them even better.
I miss those days. I have made sure that I have written a few recipes in my own handwriting for my children to have one day. Nothing makes me smile than pulling out one of grandma’s old recipes or my mom’s in their handwriting. Hopefully my kids will feel the same way someday.
This is a nice cake to have on hand to deliver to neighbors or offer a slice to friends with a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa. Does anyone even do that anymore? Do people actually meet face to face? I just realized how old-fashioned I am!
Tip: Don’t have 1 cup of buttermilk on hand? No need to go out and buy it. Place 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar in a one cup measure and then add enough milk to equal one cup.
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- powdered sugar for topping, if desired
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour baking pan.
- Beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well between adding each egg.
- Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Alternate adding this mix with the buttermilk starting with buttermilk and ending with flour. Beat well in between each addition.
- Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Bake for 90 minutes or until center is set and knife inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before removing from pan to cool.