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Siri's Vanilla-Almond Cake

Updated: Apr 4

This cake smells and tastes divine. I found this recipe decades ago. I've tweaked it a bit and now I call it "Siri's Vanilla-Almond Cake".

Siri was my beautiful golden retriever who adored the aromas of my cooking. She would run in and out of the kitchen when baking was in the oven. And by the way, she was named long before the talking Siri on our phones. She was a true original that one! I use this recipe for Strawberry Shortcake, cupcakes, or as a tea cake.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F


2 Cups sugar 1 Cup butter 4 Eggs 1/2 Teaspoon baking soda 1 Tablespoon boiling water 3 Cups sifted flour 1 Cup buttermilk* 1 Teaspoon vanilla 11/2 Teaspoons almond extract


Grease and lightly flour an oblong cake tin, 9 x 13 x 2

Line the bottom with parchment paper.

Cream sugar and butter together until light and creamy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition.

Dissolve baking soda in boiling water and combine with creamed mixture.

Slowly add flour and buttermilk, alternately, and continue beating until well mixed.

Add vanilla and almond extract.

Pour into prepared cake tin.

Bake for about one hour. Test with sharp knife or toothpick so that it comes out clean.

Your whole house will smell like heaven.

Buttermilk substitutes:

1 Cup milk and 1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 Cup milk and 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar

My darling Siri girl

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