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Sunday, January 16, 2022

Basic Buttermilk Cake Recipe (For Smaller Cakes)

I have been playing with the following recipe for a number of years to replace the box cake mixes I once used. The major problem with the box cake mixes? These days, simply too much.

The following basic buttermilk cake recipe works well with two 7" cake pans for a layered cake, one 7" cake pan for a coffee cake (add topping to the bottom of the pan), or 12 standard size cupcakes.


  1. 1½ cups of all purpose flour (to make cake flour substitute 3 Tbsp of flour with 3 Tbsp of cornstarch)
  2. ½ cup soft unsalted butter1
  3. ¾ cup white sugar
  4. 1½ eggs beaten
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla (pure almond extract is another great flavoring)
  6. 1¼ teaspoon baking powder
  7. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  8. ¼ teaspoon salt
  9. ¾ cup lowfat buttermilk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray cake pans with baking spray. I like Baker's Joy.
  3. Cream with mixer butter and sugar for about 3-5 minutes. (This seems long, but I think worth it)
  4. Add eggs and beat.
  5. Mix in vanilla.
  6. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
  7. Add flour mix to butter/sugar mixture in 3 parts alternating with the buttermilk in 2 parts, beginning and ending with the flour.
  8. Stir after each addition until blended.

When using this recipe for one 7" cake pan as in a coffee or fruit topped cake, bake for about 27 minutes at 350°F. Bake 12 Cupcakes for about 20 minutes and two 7" cakes for about 24 minutes. Cake tester should come out clean.

I have used this recipe for layered cakes (cake flour version), coffee cake with an apple topping, and blueberry cupcakes. All turned out well. Yesterday, I made the blueberry cupcakes.

Last Wednesday, Safeway had blueberries on sale for $1.49. I purchased both blueberries and strawberries ($2.00) out of season for about $3.50.

Thursday and Friday morning, we had blueberry buttermilk pancakes (recipe found here).

I still had lots of blueberries leftover, so I made the cupcakes Saturday morning.

I thought I would need icing for the cupcakes, however after tasting them- decided they were great without the added sugar.

I purchased my Fat Daddio's 7x2 inch cake pans in March 2018 and the silicone cupcake cups in November 2020.

1Did you know you can freeze butter? I purchase unsalted butter and immediately put it in the freezer upon arriving home. This tidbit from Martha Stewart.

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