Natural Magick: Buttercup Cake

This was taken out of the book “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Magick” by Miria Liguana and Nina Metzner. If you like this recipe, please buy the book.

After a ritual, it is often customary to serve “cakes and ale”. We will have more recipes for you later in this blog (more typing! Yippee), but here’s a quick cake recipe to get you started. This buttercup cake is a thick, dense cake flavored with citrus that helps clarify thoughts and topped with a nutty streusel that invokes Earth. Served to guests, this cake will help them more clearly touch base with their practical sides

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp orange extract
  • 1/2 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 eggs

For the streusel:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 4 tbsps butter or margarine
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans

Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in the shortening until the mixture is crumbly. Add the buttermilk, the orange and lemon extracts, and the eggs. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 13×9-inch baking pan.

Next, mix together the sugar and the flour for the streusel. Cut in the softened butter until the mixture is crumbly. Fold in the nuts. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the batter.

Bake at 350F for 35 to 40 minutes.

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