Prep Time
20 Mins
Makes about 6 cups



How to Make It

Step 1

Beat sugar and butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until yellow disappears after each addition. Beat in vanilla bean paste and almond extract.

Step 2

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at medium-low speed just until blended after each addition. (Batter will be thick.) Use immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

Ambassador's Review

February 12, 2013
I didn't like this recipe. The cake was really dry. Trust me, choose another recipe.

Anneco's Review

August 05, 2010
This is fantastic - as I said about the basic recipe, good, fresh eggs, vanilla bean paste, cake four, and good Irish or European butter make it! Don't skimp on the ingredients with this great cake!

Sandite's Review

April 04, 2009
Very disappointed in this cake. After all of the effort in making it from scratch, it came out very dry and I did not overbake. I made the Key Lime frosting and it was delicious. I would make the frosting again, but use a super moist cake mix instead. Does anyone have any suggestions to make this cake more moist?

frogpond's Review

April 02, 2009
Good, plan ahead for getting vanilla bean paste. Get vanilla petit four recipe from same southern living issue for pan & temperature directions

lovelaura's Review

March 16, 2009
Baking time and baking tips are all found on the "southern living" website and in the march 2009 issue of the magazine. here is the link:

Auntieboo19's Review

March 04, 2009
I make a lot of cakes for my family, church, and other people. I am thrilled to find this recipe and icing recipe in the March issue of Southern Living. I will definitely make again because I have been told this was the best tasting cake ever. I made the Key lime icing and I am looking forward to making the other different flavors. I will definitely make the chocolate cake. Thank you Southern Living for another wonderful recipe.

forgetful's Review

February 20, 2009
your recieps does not write the instructions of baking on any one I chose to save.