Butter cake

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time6 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyMedium
1.8kg caster sugar
1.8kg soft plain flour
70g salt
50g bicarbonate of soda
680ml solid shortening
440g butter
280g whole eggs
1.25L buttermilk
30ml vanilla essence
2kg egg whites
1.6kg caster sugar
1) Preheat oven to 160C/Gas 3.

2) Mix together 1.8kg caster sugar, plain flour, salt, soda, shortening and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on 2nd speed for 3 minutes. Then add whole eggs, buttermilk and vanilla to the mixture and beat again for 3 minutes on 2nd speed.

3) In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites and 1.6kg caster sugar into a meringue state. Then gently fold the meringue into the buttermilk mixture. Pour into 4 parchment lined sheet tins or 4 (8- by 26-cm) round cake pans.

4) Bake until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the cake.

This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. the food network kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results.

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