Auntie's Buttermilk Cake


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

1 - 13x9 inch pan


  • ¾ cup shortening

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 2 ¾ cups cake flour

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 egg whites

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease and flour 1- 13 x9 inch square cake pan.

  2. Cream shortening and sugar together and add 1 tablespoon buttermilk.

  3. Sift flour three times and add baking powder and salt.

  4. Combine 1 1/2 cups buttermilk with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Alternate adding buttermilk to shortening mixture with flour.

  5. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into batter. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 40 minutes. Once cool frost with frosting of your choice. If you want you can add orange extract to the frosting, about 1 teaspoon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

299 Calories
12g Fat
45g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 14
Calories 299
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 208mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 56mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 87mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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