Buttermilk Cake With Lemon Frosting Recipe

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Servings: 8

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  1. Buttermilk imparts a slightly tangy and rich flavor to butter cake, although it is actually lower in cholesterol than whole lowfat milk. This cake is delicious with softly whipped creme fraiche and ripe peaches. I also like to bring it plain to picnics and serve it with windfalls of fresh wild berries.
  2. One 9-inch by 2-inch cake pan or possibly 9-inch springform pan, greased, bottom lined with parchment or possibly wax paper, and then greased again and floured.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 deg F. In a medium bowl lightly combine the yolks, 1/4 of the buttermilk, and vanilla.
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients and mix on low speed for 30 seconds to blend. Add in the butter and remaining buttermilk. Mix on low speed till the dry ingredients are moistened. Increase to medium speed
  5. (high speed if using a hand mixer) and beat for 1 1/2 min to aerate and develop the cake's structure. Scrape down the sides. Gradually add in the egg mix in 3 batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition to incorporate the ingredients and strengthen the structure. Scrape down the sides.
  6. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a spatula. The pan will be about 1/2 full. Bake 30 to 40 min or possibly till a tester inserted near the center comes out clean and the cake springs back when pressed lightly in the center. The cake should start to shrink from the sides of the pan only after removal from the oven.
  7. Let the cake cold in the pan on a rack for 10 min. Loosen the sides with a small metal spatula and invert onto a greased wire rack. To prevent splitting, reinvert so which the top is up and cold completely before wrapping airtight. FINISHED HEIGHT: 1 1/2 inches at the sides and 2 inches in the middle. STORE: Airtight: 3 days room temperature, 5 days refrigerated, 2 months frzn. Texture is most perfectly moist the same day as baking. COMPLEMENTARY ADORNMENTS: A simple dusting of powdered sugar.
  8. One recipe: Lemon Buttercream. Creme fraiche topped with peach slices.
  9. SERVE: Room temperature.
  10. Classic Lemon Buttercream: To acheive a truly lemon flavor, it is necessary to use both fresh lemon juice and lemon extract (actually the pure oil of lemon). Lemon juice alone is too bitter.
  11. Makes 4 c. (sufficient to fill and frost two 9-inch by 1 1/2-inch layers or possibly three 9-inch by 1-inch layers)
  12. Have ready a greased 1-c. heatproof glass measure near the range. In a bowl beat the yolks with an electric mixer till light in color. Meanwhile, combine the sugar, water, and lemon juice in a small saucepan (preferably with a nonstick lining) and heat, stirring constantly, till the sugar dissolves and the syrup is boiling. Stop stirring and boil to the soft-ball stage (238 deg F.). Immediately transfer the syrup to the glass measure to stop the cooking.
  13. If using an electric hand-held mixer, beat the syrup into the yolks in a steady stream. Do not allow syrup to fall on the beaters or possibly they will spin it onto the sides of the bowl. If using a stand mixer, pour a small amount of syrup over the yolks with the mixer turned off. Immediately beat at high speed for 5 seconds. Stop the mixer and add in a larger amount of syrup. Beat at high speed for 5 seconds. Continue with the remaining syrup. For the last addition, use a rubber scraper to remove the syrup clinging to the glass measure. Continue beating till completely cold.
  14. Gradually beat in the butter and lemon extract. Place in an airtight bowl.
  15. Bring to room temperature before using. Rebeat if necessary to restore texture. STORE: 6 hrs room temperature, 1 week refrigerated, 8 months frzn. POINTERS FOR SUCCESS: To prevent crystallization, don't stir after the syrup comes to a boil. To keep the temperature from rising, remove the syrup from the pan as soon as it has reached 238 deg F. Do not allow the syrup to fall directly on the beaters as it will spin the syrup around the sides of the bowl. Using a hand held beater makes this easier.
  16. Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
  17. /CAKES

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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 214g
Recipe makes 8 servings
Calories 906  
Calories from Fat 561 62%
Total Fat 63.66g 80%
Saturated Fat 38.63g 155%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 416mg 139%
Sodium 658mg 27%
Potassium 119mg 3%
Total Carbs 79.27g 21%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g 2%
Sugars 51.5g 34%
Protein 7.49g 12%
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