I can think of all kinds of additions to it but for now, I like it just like this.
Place 1 C. of sugar with 4 oz. of butter in the bowl of your mixer. Or go for it and use a bowl and a wooden spoon! Beat it until fluffy.
Beat in 2 large eggs at room temperature.
Add 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. I also scraped the seeds from 1 vanilla bean which makes it even better. Beat in 2 teaspoons of baking powder.
Put the paddle on your mixer and beat in 2 cups of flour alternating with 1/2 cup of buttermilk (or you can use milk).
Grease and line an 8 inch cake pan.
Pour the batter into the pan and smooth it out.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Mine took maybe 10-15 minutes longer. Test it by sticking a toothpick in the middle until it comes out clean.
Turn it out of the pan onto a cooling rack.
Turn it with the top facing up. Let it cool.
Celia served the cake plain but being an American, I add icing to everything! Whisk some confectioners sugar with more vanilla bean seeds, 1 tsp. vanilla extract and a bit of milk to make a glaze. Drizzle it over the cake.
I like it refrigerated but it is good any way at all. If you click to enlarge the photo, you can see the flecks of vanilla seeds.
It is moist and dense and has an intense vanilla flavor.
I am not a cake eater but I think this is a wonderful recipe! It is easy and quick and will please anyone you feed it to! Thanks C!!!