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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cake - ah birthday cake!

Birthday Cake - a wonderful tradition - celebratory baking is my kind of party.






Cake -
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening (I used Crisco)
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons flavoring (I used vanilla paste)
3 eggs

Oven 350 - grease, flour, I also use parchment in pans -two 8 inch round pans. Put dry ingredients into mixer bowl, add shortening, 2/3 of buttermilk and flavoring. Beat 2 minutes medium speed -will be stiff batter. Add rest of buttermilk and 3 eggs - beat until thoroughly mixed - scrape down sides of bowl - beat again for short time. Pour into pans - bake until tests done (trusty toothpick test). Cool layers, frost with your favorite frosting - we used penuche (recipe below) but think I'll try s
omething different next time.
Penuche
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup milk or cream
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all ingredients except vanilla in saucepan. Stir over low heat until comes to a rolling boil - stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute (reach 220 degrees on a candy thermometer). Remove from heat and beat until lukewarm - stir in vanilla - beat until a smooth spreading consistency.
We were celebrating my dear fella's birthday this week - cake was what he requested so cake is what he got. Used to think our age range was "OLD" - now thinking it is clearly mature - or ripe whichever you prefer. It was tasty and highly caloric here on Buhlaland - and for a birthday that is good.



9 comments:

Dani said...

that cake sounds really good..I will copy it...hoping one day they'll come up with sugar free brown sugar...we found new sugar free brownies and cake mix yesterday from Pillsbury...

Lanny said...

Oh dear, oh yum, and Happy Birthday to your dear one! Mature. Definitely not old, squash go old, news is old, people mature.

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Yum! This looks and sounds wonderful! Happy Birthday! blessings,Kathleen

Mildred said...

Happy birthday to your fellow. Your cake reminds me very much of Aunt June's contribution to our family reunion each year. Oh, I am so hungry!!!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Oh Happy Birthday...is it Skip's birthday? I've missed something (my mind most likely!) so whose birthday?
Hope it was a happy one, the cake looks delicious, happy eating!

Vickie said...

Happy Birthday SKip! Looks like you got a great birthday cake! Is it all gone yet??? It would be at our house!

I love seeing this little goat guy on your header, Linda Sue! I swear (not really) that he's smiling about something!

Paula said...

Oooh~ Happy Belated Birthday to your feller, Linda Sue! The cake pictures made my mouth water- I love anything with the words "brown sugar" in it and will have to try this.
By the way~ LOVE LOVE LOVE your header picture!

anniesgoathill said...

A cake with buttermilk, yum. And home-made, not from a box, double yum.

When I was a child I always wanted my mother's angel food cake from scratch for my birthday. It probably was hard work for her, but it made my day special.

Happy late Birthday!

LindaSueBuhl said...

Thanks for the good wishes for Skip and compliments on cake recipe - I do not do box cake mixes - never have developed the taste for 'em - if I am going to have cake it seems simpler to use flour, sugar, eggs etc. and my mixer. Thanks also for compliments on Bubbles' photo on header - she is an expressive critter.