Monthly Archives: September 2012

Irish Soda Bread


To make a traditional Oberlies birthday cake, one needs buttermilk.  But what to do with the spare buttermilk?!  Make soda bread of course!  The first time I came across soda bread,  I was quite young — perhaps 12?  In Girl Scouts we had annual Tasting Tea, an event where troops from across the area came together to introduce the world to each other.  Each troop represented a different country, we learned about the history of the country, traditional foods and drink, handicrafts and dances.

I don’t recall much else about this Tea where we represented Ireland, except making the soda bread, and the importance of using a wooden spoon.

Soda bread has a wonderful flavour and texture – slather on some butter and you’ll forget to add anything else to your meal!  Honestly my best comparison is KFC biscuits.  It is super easy to make – 4 ingredients!


4 c – flour
1 tsp – baking soda
1 tsp – salt
2 c – buttermilk

Mixin’ it up:

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.  Grease a cake pan or 9×9 pan with cooking spray and lightly flour.

Shift together flour, salt and baking soda.  Create a small well in bowl.  Mix the buttermilk in gradually, stirring with a wooden spoon between each addition, until create sticky dough.

Spread some flour on a counter/cutting board and lightly (and I mean lightly) knead the dough.  Form into a ball, flattening slightly.  With a knife, cut an ‘X’ into the top of the bread.

Bake bread  for about 40 minutes until golden brown.  You can tell the bread is done by tapping it, it makes a hollow sound.


It’s Tradition!


In my family there is a cake that all little Oberlies’ eat on their first birthday.  It’s a once a year kinda cake… and its magic!

Serve it up with a big glass of ice, cold milk and sit down and enjoy!

It has a rich cocoa taste, that is moist.  It is crumbly, but I think that adds to its wonder, cuz as every girl knows, crumbs don’t count.   If you are a coffee fan, then the icing will make your day!
So how do you make it?  — Well let’s hope I’m not breaking any secrets by advertising.  Let’s cross our fingers Grandma doesn’t hunt me down.


3 c – flour
2 tsp – baking soda
3 heaping TBSP – cocoa
pinch of salt
1 c – shortening
2 c – sugar
2 c – buttermilk
1 tsp – vanilla
2 eggs

Mix and Bake:

Grease and flour two 9 inch round cake pans and preheat oven to 350  degrees F.

Shift flour, baking soda, cocoa, and salt together; set aside.  Combine shortening and sugar; blend till creamy.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Add flour mixture and buttermilk, alternating between.

Pour into pans and bake for 30 minutes.  Turn out  to cool on racks.

While waiting for cake to cool, make the icing!

Creating Icing:

6 Tbsp -butter, melted
6 heaping Tbsp – cocoa
6 Tbsp – coffee, brewed
1 tsp – vanilla
Powdered sugar

Add cocoa, butter, coffee, and vanilla until well mixed. Add powdered sugar until icing thickens.