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Buttermilk Back-to-School Cake

School is virtual this year, so instead of anticipating packing new school supplies, finding a new classroom, and meeting new friends, we’re navigating online class passwords, connectivity challenges, and learning how to avoid accidentally un-muting at the wrong time.

Back-to-school cake is needed now more than ever. It’s been chocolate in prior years, but this moist, delicious buttermilk cake is more to Leo’s taste. Next time we’ll try it with whipped cream frosting, perhaps with crushed freeze-dried raspberries for color.

Yield: 9 generous servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Cakes

Grandma’s Italian Cream Cake

This white cake made with buttermilk, coconut, pecans, and cream cheese frosting is my mother’s favorite. She recently found Grandma’s hand-written recipe – Grandma always served an Italian Cream Cake at the family’s Thanksgiving feast.

Yield: 8 to 12 servings Total time: 2 hours
Poultry

Buttermilk Oven-Fried Drumsticks

Let these chicken legs marinate in buttermilk during the day, and then dredge them in corn flake crumbs and bake for a crunchy, kid-pleasing weeknight dinner.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cakes

Jan’s Chocolate Sheet Cake

This chocolate sheet cake is the perfect dish to bring to a family potluck.

Yield: 24 servings Total time: 1 hour
Breakfasts

Kerbey Lane’s Gingerbread Pancakes

Kirbey Lane Cafe is an Austin institution that’s been serving breakfast, queso, and dishes made from local ingredients for more than 30 years. They’re famous for their rotating menu of specialty pancakes, like these gingerbread beauties.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 45 minutes