Recipe courtesy of Bronwen Weber

Butter Cake

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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9 cups granulated sugar

6 cups cake flour

1/4 cups salt

1/4 cups baking soda

2 3/4 cups solid shortening

4 cups butter

2 cups whole eggs

5 cups buttermilk

1/8 cup vanilla extract

8 cups egg whites

8 cups granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 320 degrees F.
  2. Mix together sugar, flour, salt, soda, shortening and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on 2nd speed for 3 minutes. Then add whole eggs, buttermilk and vanilla to the mixture and beat again for 3 minutes on 2nd speed. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and sugar into a meringue state. Then gently fold the meringue into the buttermilk mixture. Pour into 4 parchment lined sheet pans or 4 (4 by 13-inch) round cake pans. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake.
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