Luscious Lips Buttermilk Cake

by elyn_ryn

This buttery-vanilla-buttermilk cake recipe that I found on Sally’s Baking Addition makes a grand splash all dressed up for Valentine’s Day! Frosted with vanilla pink buttercream and decorated with red, gold, and pink sprinkles, this cake comes to life with the addition of red gummy lips perched on toothpicks. Click here to jump to the recipe.

Although made from scratch, this cake has easy instructions and cooks up very quickly. The recipe includes enough batter for 3 9-inch cake layers.

With the addition of sprinkles, lips, and pink food coloring, this cake becomes a Valentine’s Day treat. However, you can use other sprinkle colors and decorations for other occasions, or none at all for a buttery yellow cake with white frosting.

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Buttermilk Cake
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
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Rating: 5
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Instructions
Cake Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut three 9-inch parchment paper rounds. (You can use the bottom of a pan to trace a circle.) Then grease and flour 3 9-inch pans. Place a parchment paper in the bottom of each pan. Grease and flour the parchment rounds.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine all ingredients. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until well blended, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides, making sure the butter and sugar are well combined. Add the eggs, egg whites, and vanilla and beat until blended well. Then alternating between the flour and buttermilk, add a little of each, beating between additions, until all is added and well blended.
  4. Divide the batter between the 3 pans. To ensure that they cook evenly and are flat, use baking strips. See the note below for an easy alternative to baking strips.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (or with crumbs) in the center of the cake.
  6. Cool on racks.
Buttercream Directions
  1. Cream the butter, vanilla, and salt together until smooth. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time, alternating with the milk, beating between each addition. Scape down the sides of the mixing bowl and then beat the frosting for 3-4 minutes until smooth.
  2. Add the food coloring for soft pink color. Use more for a darker pink and less for a blush pink color. Frost the cake. If using sprinkles, add them around the bottom of the cake and sprinkle a few on the top of the cake. Stick toothpicks in the gummy lips and stick in the top of the cake.
Recipe Notes

If you only have salted butter on hand for the cake recipe, cut the salt ingredient in half (1/2 teaspoon).

To bake a flat cake without a middle dome, use wet, baking strips around the cake pan prior to baking.  You can buy these at craft stores in the cake-baking section, or you can make your own.  To make your own strips, cut a strip from an old towel. This strip should be long enough to fit around your cake pan and tall enough to fold over and make a double thickness. Wet the strip until very damp, but not dripping.  Wrap the strip around the pan and overlap the ends and pin the strip with safety pins until it fits securely around the pan.  Then fill the pan with batter and bake until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. This method keeps the cake sides from baking faster than the middle of the cake.  You may have to add additional baking time until the toothpick test shows cake is done.

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