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American Buttermilk Cake Recipe

American Buttermilk Cake Recipe

Ingredients: Makes one 23 cm / 9 in cake

100 g/4 oz butter or margarine, softened
225 g/8 oz/1 cup caster (superfine) sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
5 ml/1 tsp grated lemon rind
5 ml/1 tsp vanilla essence (extract)

225 g/8 oz/2 cups self-raising (self-rising) flour
5 ml/1 tsp baking powder
5 ml/1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
A pinch of salt
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup buttermilk

Lemon Filling


Cream together the butter or margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs, then stir in the lemon rind and vanilla essence. Mix together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and add to the mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Beat well until smooth. Spoon the mixture into two greased and floured 23 cm/9 in cake tins (pans) and bake in a preheated oven at 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for 25 minutes until firm to the touch. Leave to cool in the tins for 5 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cool, sandwich together with the lemon filling.

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