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Something Sweet For Dad – Butter Cake

IMG_4696Sunday fathers everywhere around this country will be celebrated.  Most likely at lunch or dinner, families will gather together to honor “dear ol’ Dad”.  We suspect your families are no different than ours in that.  So whether you are still thinking about what to serve for dessert, or what you could give Dad that he doesn’t already have, we’ve got an idea for you….and it’s a yummy one at that!  Everyone will love a piece of this classic Butter Cake.  Fathers are often the object of ridicule in cartoons and sitcoms.  As the saying goes, the “butt of the joke”.  How nice to give your husband or father something sweet to let him know how much you appreciate him and all he does for your family.  Celebrate just how “sweet” you think he is instead. Even if you don’t bake, you can make this cake.  It is simple, and simply delicious!   And so much better than one more necktie or flyswatter 🙂

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IMG_4700Classic Butter Cake

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 large eggs

Butter Sauce
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons vanilla

To make the cake:

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Grease and flour a 10 inch tube or bundt pan

In a large bowl beat butter and sugar together, then add buttermilk, eggs and vanilla and beat again to combine.  Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and add to the butter mixture.  Beat for about 3 minutes on medium speed.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes until lightly browned and a bamboo skewer or long toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

While the cake is baking put all the ingredients for the butter sauce in a pan and cook over low heat until the butter is melted.  Do not allow to boil.  When butter is completely melted stir well and set side.

When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and immediately poke holes with a fork or long skewer all over the cake.  Pour the sauce over the cake as evenly as possible.  When the cake has cooled somewhat, untold it from the pan unto a serving plate.  Serve as is or with a light sprinkling of powdered sugar.  YUM!
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