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Old Fashioned Buttermilk Cake

This Classic Buttermilk Cake recipe has a delicious flavor. This is one of the moistest cakes you can make. Rich and delicious, this buttermilk cake is topped with a homemade chocolate frosting.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time26 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: buttermilk cake
Servings: 16
Author: Jill


  • 3/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 C cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 C whole buttermilk
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Chocolate Frosting

  • 3/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 2 1/2 C powdered sugar
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 Tbsp buttermilk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp pure almond extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 baking pan with pam baking spray
  • Using a standing mixer, beat butter and sugar until creamy
  • Beat in eggs one at a time until creamy and combined
  • Using a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt
  • Using a liquid measuring cup, measure out buttermilk
  • With the mixer on low, begin adding the dry ingredients to the batter, and alternate pouring in the buttermilk gradually
  • When all ingredients have been mixed, add the vanilla and mix until completely combined
  • Pour batter into the baking pan and evenly smooth with a spatula.
  • Bake for 26-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean

For the frosting:

  • Using a standing mixer, beat the butter, powder sugar, cocoa, buttermilk, almond and vanilla until combined and smooth
  • Spread evenly over the cake
  • Cut and serve!