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Amy's Buttermilk Cake Recipe

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Mama's Powers cousin Amy, who also suffered from solid freckles and curly red hair.


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cup unsalted butter
1 cup Crisco
2 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon salt
teaspoon soda dissolved in 1 Tablespoon hot water
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
teaspoon pure almond extract

1 cups powdered sugar
warm milk--enough to get glaze runny
Vanilla, almond extract, brandy, liqueur to taste

Preheat oven to 325
Grease and flour either angel food or bundt cake pan
Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the cake tester comes out clean.
Cool 10-15 minutes in the pan; cover the cake pan with a large plate; flip over.

Cream together butter, Crisco, and sugar until fluffy.

Add eggs, one at a time.

Whisk together dry ingredients.

Stir dissolved baking soda into the buttermilk.

Alternately add dry ingredients with buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients; add flavorings. Mix well.

To make the glaze:

Sift the powdered sugar into a small bowl; heat milk in a Pyrex container until warm; stir in enough milk to make a runny texture; add flavorings.

Drizzle warm glaze over the cake.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Amy's mother (Annie) was my grandfather's sister. Powers' cousins were different from my grandmother's demure and gentle Potts family. The often red-headed and freckled bunch were noisy, social, boisterous, and proudly carried the Irish genes inherited from the Waterford area of Ireland.

Mama and Amy were about the same age and shared the curly red hair, clear eyebrow/eyelash curse, and milk-white skin almost totally covered by freckles. My mother and I visited Amy (Carrell) Leftwich and her family in their elegant home on White Rock Lake in Dallas every time we visited Texas. Amy was a "career woman" who worked every day in the Meadows Building downtown. She and her husband Jimmy had two stunning red-headed daughters. Amy Lee was closer to my age, but the few years made a big difference. I was always the kid cousin. Jeanne was a grownup and worked as a model at Neiman Marcus. The Leftwich's were on the cutting edge of style. They had the first aluminum Christmas tree I ever saw. While Amy worked her maid Ruby reigned supreme at their home. I assume Amy was taught how to cook and bake by her mother, but I don't know if this Buttermilk Cake recipe was hers or Ruby's.




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