I'm going to attempt to post a new recipe each week. Yesterday, T.S. and I made a buttermilk cake. You can see pictures of the process here. This recipe is in my Rainbow Cookbook and is my great-grandmother's. It is very simple and appears in the cookbook just like this:
1 c. shortening
2 c. sugar
3 c. flour
1 c. buttermilk with 1/4 tsp. baking soda added
Flavor to taste. Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.
I add about 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. vanilla.
For you novice cake bakers, don't just dump everything in, cream the shortening and sugar then add the eggs and vanilla. Finally alternate the flour and buttermilk. I bake this in a bundt pan (it belonged to my other great-grandmother).