A very moist buttermilk cake. Easy to make and even easier to fall in love with. Great for showers because it is so light.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour Bundt pan.

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  • In a medium bowl, sift flour, soda and salt. Set aside.

  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well with each addition.

  • Add flour mixture and mix in well.

  • Add buttermilk and vanilla, and combine.

  • Pour into prepared Bundt pan. Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 1 hour or until bottom is golden and pick inserted into center comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts

502 calories; 20.1 g total fat; 94 mg cholesterol; 83 mg sodium. 75 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (24)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2010
I rate a number of recipes "5 stars" but then there are the exceptional recipes that there is no way of rating as such. This is one of those recipes. I think I may have just stumbled upon one of the best white cake/pound cake recipes I have ever made. Despite its low rating I reviewed the ingredients list and recognized a classic and accurate ratio of measurements. Most recipes of this type however will call for butter. Because this recipe calls for shortening along with the large number of eggs and sugar all of which contribute moisture to a cake I knew I'd be in for one fine cake! And I was not mistaken. I prepared the recipe exactly as written using a tsp. of vanilla. When I added the flour and buttermilk I did so alternately beginning and ending with the flour and just long enough to combine. I used the batter for cupcakes which I found took about 23 minutes. I cannot stress enough or overstate the beauty of this cake. It is delightfully moist perfectly sweet with a very attractive and tender crumb - and sinfully good. From now on when I make a white cake and I want a guaranteed perfect result I will refer to this recipe. I frankly am stumped as to why only three people have reviewed this in 10 years the recipe's average rating is so deceptively low and the recipe hasn't been touched in four years! I hope to change that. Lori this is one beauty of a cake that in my judgement has nothing to do with "white bread." Too bad you can't change the name! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/29/2003
Cake was exceedingly sweet. Crust got crunchy from the excess sugar. I baked this in a 9x13 pan and it took about 1 1/2 hours to test done. I believe the sugar in the recipe is wrong. It had good potential. Read More
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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2010
I rate a number of recipes "5 stars" but then there are the exceptional recipes that there is no way of rating as such. This is one of those recipes. I think I may have just stumbled upon one of the best white cake/pound cake recipes I have ever made. Despite its low rating I reviewed the ingredients list and recognized a classic and accurate ratio of measurements. Most recipes of this type however will call for butter. Because this recipe calls for shortening along with the large number of eggs and sugar all of which contribute moisture to a cake I knew I'd be in for one fine cake! And I was not mistaken. I prepared the recipe exactly as written using a tsp. of vanilla. When I added the flour and buttermilk I did so alternately beginning and ending with the flour and just long enough to combine. I used the batter for cupcakes which I found took about 23 minutes. I cannot stress enough or overstate the beauty of this cake. It is delightfully moist perfectly sweet with a very attractive and tender crumb - and sinfully good. From now on when I make a white cake and I want a guaranteed perfect result I will refer to this recipe. I frankly am stumped as to why only three people have reviewed this in 10 years the recipe's average rating is so deceptively low and the recipe hasn't been touched in four years! I hope to change that. Lori this is one beauty of a cake that in my judgement has nothing to do with "white bread." Too bad you can't change the name! Read More
(113)
Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2010
I rate a number of recipes "5 stars" but then there are the exceptional recipes that there is no way of rating as such. This is one of those recipes. I think I may have just stumbled upon one of the best white cake/pound cake recipes I have ever made. Despite its low rating I reviewed the ingredients list and recognized a classic and accurate ratio of measurements. Most recipes of this type however will call for butter. Because this recipe calls for shortening along with the large number of eggs and sugar all of which contribute moisture to a cake I knew I'd be in for one fine cake! And I was not mistaken. I prepared the recipe exactly as written using a tsp. of vanilla. When I added the flour and buttermilk I did so alternately beginning and ending with the flour and just long enough to combine. I used the batter for cupcakes which I found took about 23 minutes. I cannot stress enough or overstate the beauty of this cake. It is delightfully moist perfectly sweet with a very attractive and tender crumb - and sinfully good. From now on when I make a white cake and I want a guaranteed perfect result I will refer to this recipe. I frankly am stumped as to why only three people have reviewed this in 10 years the recipe's average rating is so deceptively low and the recipe hasn't been touched in four years! I hope to change that. Lori this is one beauty of a cake that in my judgement has nothing to do with "white bread." Too bad you can't change the name! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/28/2003
Cake was exceedingly sweet. Crust got crunchy from the excess sugar. I baked this in a 9x13 pan and it took about 1 1/2 hours to test done. I believe the sugar in the recipe is wrong. It had good potential. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2010
I can't believe there are so few reviews for this fabulous cake! It's a great old fashioned kind of cake much like the kind my Great Grammy used to make. I cut back to two cups of sugar and used a full tsp of vanilla instead of what the recipe called for. It was delicious and a huge hit!! My new absolute "Go To" cake recipe. Wish I could give it more than five stars because it is deserving of ten! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2006
Yummy! I cut the sugar in half and it turned out great! Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2013
Delicious! I made 36 cupcakes with this recipe. They baked at 325 for 24-25 minutes. If you make the 'cheese filling' recipe from this site and drop 1 tsp on each cupcake and 1 or 2 raspberries (before baking) you have fabulous raspberry cheesecake filled cupcakes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2010
I made this while stranded in a storm. I had to make my own buttermilk. I used 3/4 cup heavy cream and 1/4 cup skim milk and 1 Tb. lemon juice. I also had only butter (not shortening or marg) and everyone literally LOVES the cake. If I was planning this recipe like when I make it next time I would serve it with a dollop of whip cream and some rasberries perhaps. Maybe a few flecks of chocolate here and there in plating. I will most definately add this to my recipe file but will not call it "white bread"...if I would've called it that with my family they wouldn't have even tried it. Excellent sponge or pound cake! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/09/2005
Lovely texture great taste. I used soft margarine instead of shortening. I have made it several times now and it still delights. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2011
other than cutting back on the sugar (only putting in 2 cups) and adding a full tsp of vanilla i followed this exactly and am very pleased with how it turned out... the batter does get really thick before adding the milk i wasnt sure my poor handheld mixer would make it lol very much like pound cake will definitly use this again Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/21/2012
I chose this cake for it's simplicity as I just needed a white cake to use for cake pops. As expected it came together nicely and baked perfect little cupcakes for me to crumble up and use for my client order. Well... I had my boyfriend try them and he said they taste weird. A little bummed I asked what he meant... oddly enough he said it tasted like bread. I haven't told him the name of this recipe--I'm always trying new recipes and he often teases me about just sticking with a tried and true favorite--so I'd hate for him to tease me for making this "white bread" cake.:) It's true. It's not as light and tender as a cake ought to be. I made a different white cake recipe last night and did a side by side comparison... strikingly different. While I will not throw out this cake since my coworkers have indiscriminating tastes I simply cannot and will not use this for a paying client. Read More
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