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Butternut Cake

This recipe has been in our family for years. It's always included on holiday menus. Preparing the cake is a family project—the men crack the shells, and the children help pick out the nut meats.—Betty Zeltwanger, Canisteo, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup chopped butternuts or walnuts
  • Frosting of your choice

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk. Stir in nuts. Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Frost cooled cake.
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