9 servings (serving size: 1 square)

Bake this lightly sweetened, sturdy cake-style shortcake in a square pan to use for both weekend desserts. You'll only need 7 of the squares, so freeze the remaining 2 for another use (or go ahead and pack them; consider them secret snacks for the cook).

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add rind and juice; beat well. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt), stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.

Step 3

Spoon batter into a 9-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Step 4

Cut shortcake into 9 squares. Reserve 4 squares for Brandied Peach Shortcakes and 3 squares for Mixed Berry Trifles; freeze remaining 2 squares for another use.

Ratings & Reviews

NYCgal's Review

May 28, 2013
Sturdy indeed and good to the last drop. Taking this on a 2 week camping trip. Will cut up and freeze stacks for desserts on 2 occasions. The batter had my helper licking the spoons in the time honored manner. Since blueberry season is almost upon me, I'll be using them to top the shortcake instead of the peaches. I imagine most any fruit would work with this cake.

tophsmama's Review

July 27, 2012
Amazing! I made one batch to take with us camping, and ended up making a new batch due to the kids eating it plain out of the pan. The cornmeal gives it a heartier texture, and the citrus is AMAZING!

kdfoodE's Review

September 05, 2010
Um so...this is amazing. It's much lighter than the picture--don't be fooled. Very moist and cakelike. And topped with fruit and whipped cream? Divine.

Crispy's Review

August 02, 2010
I loved this cake. It's light and a bit spongy, and the cornmeal gives it a great little crunch and texture. The orange flavor is perfect. It's great with strawberries and we even liked it plain. It's so easy to make, and the result so good, that I will be making this again.

TsKitchen's Review

July 12, 2010
amazing, amazing, amazing. So darn easy too. I made this in the morning and served it with the chicken sliders from this issue; so dinner prep was easy since this was out of the way. this was so tasty on its own but even better with the fruit etc.