i have been making this cake for the last 10yrs. i found it in the vogue entertaining cookbook "morning noon night"...and the page is very much buttermilk splattered (with love). i believe in this cake so much because i have made it for non-cake lovers & they like it! it is really easy to make & you can give it your point of difference if you want by adding lemon zest/orange juice or berries...i made this cake for my f-inlaws bday lunch & the girls helped me! i decorated this cake with (thawed) frozen blueberries...thinking of the antioxidants!
buttermilk cake w vanilla butter icing (serves 8)
cake ingredients - 1/2 vanilla bean, 250g sugar, 125g butter, 2 eggs, 250g sr flour, 1 cup buttermilk
icing ingredients - 50g unsalted butter, 2 cups icing sugar, 1 tspn vanilla extract, pinch salt, a little boiling water
cake prepare - preheat the oven to 180. grease & flour a 23cm round cake tine. scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the sugar. beat the butter & sugar together until creamy. beat in the eggs, alternating w a little flour. add the buttermilk & beat until smooth. gradually & lightly fold in the remainder of the flour. pour batter into the prepared tin & bake for approx 35 mins or until firm. turn out & cool on rack.
icing prepare - beat the butter until light & creamy. then gradually beat in the icing sugar together with the vanilla extract & salt. thin icing with 1-2tbpns of boiling water. spread over cooled cake w the back end of a knife...wonderful served w fresh berries or toasted coconut.