2 cups cake flour or all-purpose flour
1 t baking powder
½ t baking soda
¾ cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 t pure vanilla extract
¾ cup buttermilk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease an 8-inch baking pan.
In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Remove from oven and let cool completely before frosting the cake.
Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ t fine sea salt
1 T pure vanilla extract
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream or buttermilk
In a standing mixer fitted with a paddle, cream together the butter and vanilla until smooth.
Beat on high another 2 minutes.
Lower speed to medium and add sugar, alternating with cream.
Beat until it is a good spreading consistency.
Spread frosting onto cooled cake, either in the pan or on a platter.
Cut into 9 squares or 12 smaller squares.