Vanilla Ring Cake
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract*
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup butter milk
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 to 2 Tbsp. 2% milk (or as needed)
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes; add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition; beat in the vanilla.
Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition; pour into a greased and floured 10-inch fluted tube pan (I just used cooking spray).
Bake in the preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean; cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the drizzle: Combine the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency; drizzle over cake.
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I found the recipe for this cake in a 'Taste Of Home' recipe card booklet. It was originally submitted by Joan Hallford of North Richland Hills, TX.
I must tell you, this is a pretty sweet cake and has a lot of vanilla; but then, it is a cake!
*It could probably just as easily be a lemon cake by substituting lemon extract for the vanilla.
**To make a substitute for buttermilk, just add one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to one cup of milk and let it sit for about 5 or 10 minutes.