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"Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!"--James Beard

Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe

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3 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. butter, softened
2 c. sugar
4 eggs
1 c. buttermilk
2 tsp. vanilla or rum extract
3/4 c. sugar
3 tbsp. water
1/3 c. butter
1-2 tsp. vanilla or rum extract

Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour a 12 cup fluted pan or 10" tube pan. In a large bowl, blend together first 9 ingredients at low speed until moistened. Beat for 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour in prepared pan and bake for 55-70 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Butter Sauce: In medium sauce pan on medium heat mix sugar, water and butter, bring to low oil , stirring until sugar is dissolved, add vanilla. When cake is still very hot, leave in pan, poke small, deep holes in top, covering every inch with a long-tined fork. Drizzle butter sauce over hot cake. Cool in pan for 30 minutes. Remove from pan.

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