Traditional Buttermilk Cake (And Optional Frosting Recipe)

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Recipe by Secret Teenage Chef

This classic, double-layer cake has all the ingredients for a great party dessert. You can add 3 ounces unsweetened baker's chocolate and make it yummy and chocolate-y. Most of these ingredients are in your pantry too! Frosting recipe in the steps or you can use your own.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup butter, one stick
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 12 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 eggs, seperated
  • 1 cup sifted flour
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted (optional)
  • Garnish

  • frosting, optional topping recipe (Step 5)
  • shredded chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter 2 8-inch round cake pans. Line with nonstick sprayed wax paper. Lightly dust with flour.
  2. Mix butter and buttermilk (and the melted chocolate). If you have no buttermilk, just get a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar and add enough milk to make one cup. Add 1 cup sugar to egg whites and beat until they form peaks. With remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, beat egg yolks until thick.
  3. Add yolk mixture to buttermilk mixture. Alternately add egg whites (about a third at a time) and flour into the buttermilk/yolk mixture. Stir until smooth, but don't overmix.
  4. Divide into pans and bake for 30 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Assemble with your own frosting or --.
  5. Topping: Whip 2 cups of heavy cream + 3 tablespoons sugar. Spread about a quarter of the whipped cream between the layers. Finish decorating cake with remaining whipped cream. Sprinkle shredded chocolate evenly over top and sides of cake.

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