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1, 2, 3, 4 Cake Recipe

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The inevitably yellow and orange birthday cake. Mark is 7!

 

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Melanie Henry

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, separated
3 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon salt
1 cups buttermilk
Juice and zest of 1 lemon OR pure vanilla

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350
3 greased (butter or Crisco) and floured 9" cake pans
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean.

Cream together butter and sugar; add egg yolks one at a time.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

Alternately add dry ingredients and buttermilk to the sugar mixture. Start and end with flour mixture.

Beat egg whites until glossy soft peak forms.

Fold egg whites into the batter; add flavorings.

Distribute batter to prepared cake pans; bake.

Cool 10 minutes in pan; transfer to cooling rack.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
10 to 12
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
30 Minutes
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This is known as an old-fashioned "Southern" recipe, but it seems to be simply an old-fashioned yellow cake. A search for the recipe reveals sources from all around the country, and even from Canada.

I used this recipe for birthday cakes, as did my mother, and her mother before her.

My sons and I stayed from Dec 1990 until May 1991 with Sam's brother Ricky, in Denison, TX. The stress and anxiety were often relieved by good friends and family members. The undisputed queen of fun was fifteen-year-old Heather Petrash. Heather, Jeff, Mark, and I survived a plate-sized spider, the daily orange-juice covered kitchen counters we encountered every morning in Ricky's freezing kitchen, a refrigerator shelf with a suspicious Tupperware container with unmarked brown bottles filled with unknown liquid, beepers, and laughter. We also baked Heather's sister Wendy a birthday cake--a real cake, not from a box. This is the recipe we used.

The boys good-naturedly accepted my rather bizarre cake decorating attempts on their own birthday cakes through the years. Poor Mark almost always had yellow and orange icing. No one knows why.

 

 

 

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