WW Recipe of the Day: Skinny Vanilla Buttermilk Cake
This low calorie vanilla buttermilk cake is my new absolute favorite cake.
Even my mom, who can sometimes be a little hard to please when it comes to cakes, gave it a raving review!
I've been looking for a go-to lighter healthier from scratch vanilla cake recipe for quite some time and now I've finally got it. It's the perfect size for us, making a single 8-inch round layer. And it's super versatile - like the little basic black dress of desserts.
It's the first recipe I've tried from one of my recent cookbook acquisitions: Enlightened Cakes: More Than 100 Decadently Light Layer Cakes, Bundt Cakes, Cupcakes, Cheesecakes, and More, All with Less Fat and Fewer Calories by Camilla Saulsbury.
Think of all the ways you can serve a simple wedge of light, yet moist, and delicious skinny vanilla buttermilk cake:
- Plain or with a dusting of confectioners sugar
- Iced with a thin layer of your favorite frosting
- Sliced horizontally and filled with a layer of jam and few dollops of whipped cream or topping
- Topped with fresh berries or other seasonal fresh fruit
- Topped with a compote of plumped dried fruit (pear apple compote, slow cooker apple compote or dried fruit compote)
- With a small scoop of frozen yogurt or ice cream
- Drizzled with your favorite sauce
- In a trifle
- Spread with nutella and sprinkled with chopped hazelnuts
- Topped with sliced strawberries alongside a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt...
With a simple fail-proof cake like this in your repertoire, you never have to worry about what to serve for dessert again!
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Vanilla Buttermilk Cake?
According to my calculations, each slice has just 189 calories and:
7 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
7 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
7 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
5 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
It's made with basic ingredients I always have on hand, stirs together in minutes, and uses just ½ a stick of butter and ⅓ cup sugar, so it's relatively low in WW Points values (as desserts go).
To make this cake even easier, I changed the way you mix it together, using a technique for one-bowl cakes Camilla uses throughout her cookbook, Piece of Cake!: One-Bowl, No-Fuss, From-Scratch Cakes
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Skinny Vanilla Buttermilk Cake
- 1 cup flour (all-purpose or cake)
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- ¼ cup ½ stick butter, at room temperature
- ⅔ cup low-fat buttermilk
- 1-½ teaspoons vanilla
- 1 tablespoon confectioners sugar (optional)
For the Strawberries
- 4 cups sliced strawberries
- 1 tablespoons sugar
- Position your oven rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray an 8-inch round baking pan with nonstick baking spray with flour. (Such as Bakers Joy or Pam with flour)
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt until well blended.
- Add the egg, butter, buttermilk and vanilla to the flour mixture. Using an electric mixer on medium-low speed, beat the mixture for 1 minute, until blended. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula and then beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, until everything is incorporated and well blended.
- Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Remove the pan from the oven and set it on a wire cooling rack for 10 minutes, then remove the cake from the pan and place it on the rack (top side up) to cool completely.
- When completely cool, sprinkle with the confectioners sugar if desired and serve with strawberries
- For the strawberries, in a large bowl, toss together the strawberries and 1 tablespoon sugar until well combined. Let stand for at least 15 minutes, until the sugar melts and strawberries begin to release their juices.
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you like this simple vanilla buttermilk cake recipe, check out these links:
- A Cooking Light recipe for glazed lemon buttermilk bundt cake
- A review of Camilla's Enlightened Cakes cookbook
- My recipe for easy lighter pound cake from scratch
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