Buttermilk Cake

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This recipe serves 24 persons. This tastes wonderful, served with strawberries and ice cream, or serve toasted and buttered with tea.


½ cup shortening

½ cup margarine

3 cups sugar

½ teaspoon salt

5 eggs, separated

1/3 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon hot water

1 cup buttermilk

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Grease and flour a 9 x 13-inch pan.

  2. Cream together the shortening, margarine, sugar, and salt.

  3. Add egg yolks, one at a time.

  4. Add baking soda to hot water; then add this to ½ cup buttermilk.

  5. Add flour to shortening mixture alternately with buttermilk (use all of the buttermilk); add vanilla and mix.

  6. Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into batter.

  7. Pour into prepared pan and bake at 325° F for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  8. Let cool and then turn out onto platter.  


Festive touches:

Have plenty of candles around your dining area and don’t limit them just to your table. Candlelight always adds a special ambience and glow to your room as well as to your guests.

Don’t be afraid to mix your dishes and silverware. It’s more pleasing to the eye if the colors are coordinated, but it is perfectly acceptable to blend the things you have.

For holiday parties:

  1. If using stemware during the Christmas season, tie a sprig of holly to the base of each guest’s water glass.

  2. For Valentine’s Day, place a carnation at each setting.

  3. For Easter, consider placing a miniature basket at each setting. Fill each basket with shredded paper and tiny chocolate eggs, or nestle in the paper homemade frosted sugar cookies cut out in the shape of carrots. This little gift doubles as your place card when you put the name of each guest on a small piece of parchment paper and tie it to the basket handle with pastel-colored ribbon.

  4. For summertime get-togethers, consider using fresh fruit to dress up the table and help your guests find their places. Using yarn or string, attach a guest’s name to the stem of a delicious apple or pear.

  5. For Thanksgiving, consider using brightly colored fall leaves underneath unlit scented votives.

  6. For birthday parties, greet gift givers with presents for them: small wrapped boxes containing a votive candle, homemade goodies or tiny picture frames.


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