For Independence Day (or any day for that matter), why not serve your family a Kentucky Butter Cake! You can serve it as is with a sprinkle of powdered sugar on top, slice it and serve with strawberries and whipped cream, or even drizzle hot chocolate sauce or caramel sauce over it.
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 medium eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract or Kentucky bourbon
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 cup toasted pecans
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or bourbon
Serves 8 to 10.
Note: For more adult versions, you could substitute for the vanilla extract Gran Marnier, Fra Angelico, Spiced Rum, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream, or even Cointreau. Rum extract or even lemon extract are great choices, too! When I have used the lemon extract, I have added one teaspoon of lemon zest to the batter!
Note: Buttermilk is so expensive I just add one tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to milk and let it sit about 5 minutes.
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