So if any kind soul wants to share a proven recipe I would be very grateful.
Here's mine. I bake with a brand of flour here in the US that is called "White Lily"....it's an all purpose flour but made from soft winter wheat rather than hard winter wheat like most all purpose flours here in the US are. It's very similar to cake flour. Regular all purpose flour should be fine though.
4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable shortening* (if shortening is hard to get, use 1 cup butter instead)
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract (if desired)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (170 Celsius, gas mark 3)
Grease the bottoms of three 8 inch round cake pans with solid shortening, line with a circle of parchment paper, then grease pans and dust with flour, shaking out excess; set aside.
(If you have a mixer with a balloon (whip) attachment, use it. A traditional two-beater stand mixer works fine too!)
Place flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in mixer bowl.
Add shortening and butter to flour mixture and use a pastry blender (or just a fork), to blend the shortening or butter in a somewhat....you can skip this step and just do this with the mixer's whip attachment, but if you don't mix the shortening and butter in a bit, it tends to clump up in the whisk attachment).
Turn on the mixer on low and mix the dry ingredients with the shortening and butter until the mixture looks like grains of sand...no large pieces of shortening or butter left.
Add the buttermilk and extracts, beat on low to combine, then increase mixer speed to medium speed and beat for for two minutes, scraping the bowl often.
With the mixer still running, add the eggs and beat on medium speed, scraping bowl often, for two more minutes.
Divide batter between pans and bake until cakes test done with a cake tester or toothpick (cakes should spring back when lightly touched in the center).
Remove from oven and cool in pans for 5 to 10 minutes, remove, then wrap completely in plastic wrap until ready to use.
This one is tried and tested and most of all delicious:
It makes enough for 3 layered cake or about 30 cup cakes
350g of plain flour
1 tsp bicard soda
1 tsp cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
375ml vegetable oil
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tsp vanilla essence
Oven 180 degrees celcius
Sift flour, sugar bicarb, cocoa powder & salt together - mix in all other ingredients & bake for 40 minutes in 3 x 18cm cake tins or 18 minutes for cupcakes.
Never met a soul who didn't like this one :) Ive got more recipes here if you like http://www.hellomisstilly.com/
I make this one, from Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes. When the book came out, it was made by a lot of great baker bloggers and so I tried it on cake and cupcakes. It is fluffy delicious. My sister has a cake business in South America, and she makes it. I send her Saco powdered buttermilk in cans from the States and she substitutes some cornstarch in her regular flour (they don't have cake flour there) and everyone loves her cake.
imagenthatnj: Powdered buttermilk, I have never heard of either? Do you know if there are any internet shop selling it and sending worldwide?
I doubt you would have access to White Lily flour...it's pretty much only found in the southern parts of the US. All purpose flour will work fine....if you see the cakes are a bit heavier/drier than you think they should be, decrease the amount of flour about 1/3 to 1/2 cup.
Shortening cakes tend to rise a bit higher and have a somewhat stronger structure. All butter is fine in this recipe.
Powdered buttermilk is another convenience item here in the US. You just mix it with water. I'd say it's not readily available in Sweden! You can just use sour milk (1 cup whole milk plus one tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice mixed and allow it to sit for a while...stir it often) in place of the buttermilk with no problem...I've done that many times!
ModernLovers, buttermilk powder is sold on several websites that ship internationally including Amazon and Spices, etc. However, the shipping costs may not make it worth the trouble. As Jeff_Arnett suggested the sour milk works just fine, I have used that many times myself.
Thanks everyone for posting the recipes, I will try some myself!
ModernLovers, buttermilk powder is available from several websites that ship internationally including Amazon and Spices, etc. However the shipping costs may not make it worth the trouble. As Jeff_Arnett suggests, the sour milk works just fine, I have used it many times myself.
Thanks for all the recipes everyone, I will definitely try some of these myself.
Oh, and by the way ModernLovers, I looked at some of your cake photos and you do awesome work!!! :)
DixieDooly Thanks for the compliment!:) I order a lot of cake supplies from both the US and England, because Sweden is a developing country when it comes to such things. Sometimes the shipping costs is OK when it comes to things that are not bulky. But when I was going to order cardboard cake cards, it would cost $ 150 to ship and it was just too much.
Jeff_Arnett I really have to try baking with shortening instead of butter. I know exactly how I want my crumbs and I have come very close with my old buttermilk cake recipe. Maybe shortening is the secret?
it's true that subbing curdled or vinegar milk for buttermilk works fine but if you can get real buttermilk it has an emulsifier in it that makes magic -- just a thought
-K8memphis Oh, I've read about the buttermilk emulsifying effect and that is why I have been completely obsessed with getting hold of buttermilk recently. There is one place in Sweden selling buttermilk to companies. But my company is very small and I must order at least 350 dollars to get it delivered.
can you go pick up a smaller order?
great idea -- the molecules of that emulsifier are called phospholipids -- my one 25 cent word
The phospholipids work because they are polar and one side (the head) likes water and the other side (the tails) dislike water and prefer fat... They are what make up the bulk of our double layered cell membranes in our body...
see what i mean -- hey maybe it's a thirty five cent-er ;)
to paraphrase aatkt i'd say it helps keep your butt attached to your head -- something like that?
It sure does...
It is also the reason why we do need to have some fat in our diet... we can't make new cells or absorb certain vitamins without it...
I have had very severe vitamin D deficiency and because vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, I used to keep my d-drops in a little butter and then eat it. Yet it took two years to get up to normal levels.
i'm enjoying sitting in the morning sun for about 10-15 mins -- constant sun screen is not a good thing -- you get a bunch of vit d that way --
glad you're back to good level there, ml
and yes before i scare someone i am real careful about skin cancer i've had tons of moles removed -- one was removed in real surgery not just doctor's office-- it was the size of a silver dollar -- huge
You are not scaring anyone here, I believe you should get a few minutes of unprotected sun myself. And we lost one of our best friends to melanoma last year which is a truly evil disease. I wish everyone here the best of health!!!
so sorry about your dear friend, dixiedooly
Thank you K8memphis. He was a great friend and a great guy all around and he would have done anything for us. We got close to him during the time he worked for us which was like 16 years or so. Our daughter was also very close to him since he watched her grow up and she just called him Uncle Scott. I believe I was still in the hospital after having her when he actually came to work for us. And we miss him every day; he was a member of our family.
Thanks for the tip about the White Lily Flour. I did not realize that it was more like cake flour. I will start buying that brand from now on.
Back to the topic again: What about the recipes tips I received? Can I double them many times without affecting the quality of the cake? My chocolate cake recipe is very insensitive and I can double the recipe number of times without affecting the quality. But I feel that the light cakes are much more sensitive in every way.
I'm so happy. They have started selling buttermilk in a regular grocery store near me. Now I finally get to bake cakes with real buttermilk.
I recognize that photo.......
Have you tried it yet?
I picked up a liter on my way home and will try tomorrow. I'm going to bake a recipe of my vanilla bean cake with buttermilk and one with fil.
I'm interested in the final results. Fil has a fat content of 3%, and Wapnös buttermilk has a fat content of 1/2%.
that is amazing that the buttermilk appeared like that -- so cool -- can't wait to hear both your hopefully/surely great results, jedik and modernl
Hi! I have a recipe using polenta or maizemea mixed with the cake flour. Will share it. I also have a Chocolate Chilli cake recipe, can share if anyone's interested.
I also make my own buttermilk : 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice added to 1 cup milk and left aside for 10 minutes. Once curdled its ready for use.
Polenta and Cashew Nut Cake
250g cashew nuts
240g cake flour
250g butter at room temperature
300g icing sugar, sifted
2 large eggs beaten
10mls baking powder
Pinch of baking soda
Pinch of salt
180g polenta or corn meal
White Chocolate Ganache
500g white chocolate, broken into pieces
30ml butter (2 tablespoons)
●Preheat the oven to 190°c 4 or Gas 4 or 375°F
●Lightly grease 2 x 20cm springform cake tins with butter and dust with flour
●Place the cashew nuts on a tray and roast in the oven for 5 minutes, remove, cool then roughly chop the nuts or crush them into size that you like. Mix with 15 ml (1 tablespoon) of the cake flour in a bowl and leave aside.
●In a separate bowl, cream the butter and icing sugar together with an electric beater until light and fluffy, slowly add the eggs, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating continuously.
●Sift the remaining cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together into a bowl.
●Fold in the buttermilk slowly, little by little.
●Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture, fold in the nuts, honey and polenta or maize meal, which ever you using, mix until blended but do not over beat.
●Pour into the cake tins and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Test with a skewer to see if its done. Remove from the oven and cool for 15 minutes in the tin, then remove from the tins and cool on wire rack until cold and ready to ice.
White Chocolate Ganache
●Melt the chocolate and cream together over a very low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Place in the fridge until cold, remove and then beat the icing until it is light and fluffy.
●Slice each cake horizontally until you have 4 rounds altogether, place one layer on a cake plate, spread a quarter of the icing over and top with the second layer of cake. Repeat the layering. Spread the remaining icing over the top and sides of the cake.
Nerms - that's not buttermilk, it's soured milk (not sour milk - soured milk - there is a difference)