30 Buttermilk Cakes to Use Up Your Carton

Lemon Fiesta Cake
Photo: Carson's Mommy

What's the secret ingredient to these irresistible cakes? Leftover buttermilk! Instead of letting your half-full carton go bad, try whipping up a classic dessert (like this vibrant Strawberry Shortcake or this zesty Lemon Bundt), moist coffee cake (this Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake will become a fast favorite), or indulgent red velvet treat (this Southern Red Velvet Cake is practically sinful, and Chef John's Red Velvet Cupcakes are perfect for any celebration). No matter what you're in the mood for, you'll find it here in this collection of buttermilk cakes.

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Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake

Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake
sweetserenade

This vibrant dessert, comprised of buttermilk biscuits topped with fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream, is a reader favorite.

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Kentucky Butter Cake

Kentucky Butter Cake
copykat

"I've baked this cake at least a dozen times & always get rave reviews," says reviewer TLBRAN. "The cake is very moist with great flavor. It tastes even better the next day!"

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Lemon-Buttermilk Pound Cake with Aunt Evelyn's Lemon Glaze

pound cake on a white plate with glaze, lemon slice, and mint garnish

"Very easy, delicious recipe," says reviewer jennifermo. "I added lemon zest to the batter (because why not??) and it turned out perfectly!"

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Buttermilk Mango-Berry Crumb Cake

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Buttermilk Mango-Berry Crumb Cake | Photo by sweetserenade.

This is the perfect way to use up leftover buttermilk. We love this vibrant mix of mango and raspberry, but you can customize this cake with whatever fruit you have on hand.

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High-Altitude Buttermilk Devil's Food Cake

High-Altitude Buttermilk Devil's Food Cake
Buckwheat Queen

Fun fact: Foods bake differently at different altitudes. If you live in a mountainous area, this rich cake recipe was made for you.

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Buttermilk King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling

Buttermilk King Cake with Cream Cheese Filling
Josephine Roeper

"I grew up eating king cake in NOLA but never really LIKING it," says recipe creator mississipimarion. "I finally decided to give it a go myself and have to say that this is, hands down, the best I've ever eaten. A conglom of several recipes, it's great with coffee, not too sweet, not too bready, with a rich, tender crumb and the traditional lemon/nutmeg flavors of a genuine NOLA king cake."

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Blueberry Buttermilk Coffee Cake

blueberry buttermilk coffee cake

This basic buttermilk coffee cake is perfect for summer. If you're short on ingredients, this recipe works perfectly without any fruit.

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Halloween Buttermilk Bundt Cake

chocolate bundt cake with orange frosting and marshmallow ghosts
Buckwheat Queen

This dense, layered Bundt is perfect for Halloween —and any day of the year, frankly. Use almond flour to make this fun cake gluten-free.

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Italian Cream Cake II

Italian Cream Cake decorated with chopped nuts and cherries
CHIBI CHEF

There's nothing like a good, old-fashioned Italian cream cake. This recipe gets its irresistible texture from cream cheese, buttermilk, and egg whites.

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Southern Red Velvet Cake

Slice of red velvet cake with the remaining cake on a stand in the background.

"This is a delicious red velvet cake recipe that was taught to me by my grandmother," says recipe creator FTWRTHDAVIS. "Made with a light and buttery frosting instead of the usual cream cheese. It's a little time consuming but totally worth the effort!"

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Grandma Ruby's Buttermilk Pound Cake

a slice of Bundt cake on a plate with the rest of the cake in the background
Baking Nana

Here's a traditional pound cake everyone will love. Serve this deliciously dense dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Best Ever Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Best Ever Cinnamon Bundt Cake
Hania's Kitchen

"This Bundt cake is all you need to start off your morning right with your favorite cup of fresh-brewed coffee or tea," says recipe creator Hania's Kitchen. "If you are a cinnamon fanatic, you have to give this recipe a try. This cake has just the right amount of cinnamon flavor and is so soft, moist, and fluffy."

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Simple Buttermilk Coffee Cake

Simple Buttermilk Coffee Cake
BigShotsMom

"This coffee cake is a great treat anytime of the day. It's great for breakfast, brunch, or dessert," says recipe creator Amy. "It's extremely easy to make and will always be a hit at the party!"

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Chocolate Pound Cake III

Chocolate Pound Cake III
yoursonly77

You can't go wrong with a classic chocolate pound cake. For a fancy touch, dust with powdered sugar and garnish with strawberries.

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Willard Family German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake on a plate
Jenn

"This recipe has been in my family for a very long time," says recipe creator K-Dub. "My great-grandma could make this with her eyes closed. My father was born on her birthday so she made this cake for him every year. Even shipped it to him in Korea when he was stationed there in the army."

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Black Magic Cake

Black Magic Cake

Take a trip to the dark side with this sinfully decadent layer cake. Brewed coffee brings out subtle chocolate flavors everyone will love.

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Sam's Famous Carrot Cake

slice of carrot cake on a white plate with a fork
Geoff

"My Grandfather (Sam) was famous for this cake. Everyone who knew him, knows of his famous carrot cake," says recipe creator Brian D'Amico. "He would always have some available for anyone who wanted it. We'll miss him, but his carrot cake legacy will always live on!"

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Banana Cake VI

Banana Cake VI
Photo by Linda(LMT).

Got leftover bananas? Instead of making classic banana bread, try this incredibly easy and delicious cake.

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Lemon Fiesta Cake

Lemon Fiesta Cake
Carson's Mommy

Looking for the best lemon cake on the internet? Your search ends here. This Bundt is perfect for summertime baking.

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Chef John's Red Velvet Cupcakes

Chef John's Red Velvet Cupcakes
Allrecipes Magazine

"Who doesn't love a nice red velvet cake in cupcake form? They're moist, not too sweet, and they've got a gorgeous color," says Chef John. "Serve these spread with cream cheese frosting."

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Heirloom Blueberry Cake

Heirloom Blueberry Cake
Pam Ziegler Lutz

"My mother has been making this cake for over 40 years and it is always a crowd pleaser! The ingredients are from the original recipe," says recipe creator AuntiJ. "I have had good success with substituting Splenda for half the sugar and using egg whites instead of the whole eggs. Frost, if desired."

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Easy Coconut Sheet Cake

Easy Coconut Sheet Cake
Barbara

"This is my go-to coconut sheet cake when I am entertaining a lot of people or I need to bring something for a potluck," says recipe creator Tinkerbell. "It is made with buttermilk which makes it super moist and delicious and it is very easy to make."

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Never Fail Applesauce Spice Cake

Never Fail Applesauce Spice Cake
TERESA_C

Hate cleaning up after baking? This autumnal recipe requires only one bowl and one pan. You're welcome.

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Nutmeg Cake

Cupcakes topped with a swirl of creamy frosting and fall-themed paper decorations
naples34102

This unique holiday cupcake is sure to impress. If you'd like a lighter flavor, try plain ol' vanilla buttercream instead of nutmeg frosting.

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Auntie's Buttermilk Cake

Auntie's Buttermilk Cake
Molly

"I got this recipe, as well as so many others, from my favorite aunt," says recipe creator Jeannette Gartner. "She loved to bake — she used to say it was her 'therapy,' and I feel the same way!"

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A-Number-1 Banana Cake

A-Number-1 Banana Cake
ZAKIAH

Everyone needs this versatile recipe in their arsenal. Use it to make cake, muffins, or banana bread. Top with cream cheese icing or top with powdered sugar. Really, the world is your oyster.

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Lite Carrot Cake

Lite Carrot Cake
CC

This lighter version of classic carrot cake relies on whole wheat flour, vegetable oil, and buttermilk for its divine texture and flavor.

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Coco-Cola Cake II

Coco-Cola Cake II
LYNNINMA

What's the secret to this sweet chocolate cake with pecan frosting? The can of cola in the back of your fridge.

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Zesty Lemon Loaf

zesty lemon loaf
naples34102

"This dressed-up pound cake-style lemon loaf has a delicate hint of ginger," according to recipe creator Kathleen C. "The decadence of Grand Marnier makes this lemon loaf special. Great with Earl Grey tea or ice wine."

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Chocolate Mocha Cake I

chocolate cake with cocoa powder and drizzled chocolate decorations
buitenzorg

This one-bowl cake is perfect for any special occasion. Coffee-flavored buttercream is a great complement to this easy dessert.

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