Basic Butter Cake

butter cake
Butter Cake

Butter Cake

One of the best tried and tested butter cake recipe that I have made with success. Makes for a light, fluffy, moist yet firm cake that works great for a fondant icing celebration cake. You can marble the cake by adding two tablespoons of cocoa powder to half of the batter and create a ripple effect to your cake. In fact, the cake does not need any icing and tastes great on its own.

moist butter cake
Moist Butter Cake

You can try adding different flavorings instead of the usual vanilla flavor to this cake recipe with butter. Lemon zest, orange zest, nutmeg, cardamom or cinnamon powder work great as flavorings. This cake works well with any sort of frosting, be it chocolate frosting, buttercream, ganache or any flavored glaze. Sometimes, I like to layer the cake and spread jam, which my son enjoys.

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Slice of Vanilla Butter Cake

An easy to put together recipe for a butter cake that has a feather light crumb, not overly sweet and one that is sure to win the hearts of your friends and family.

Basic Butter Cake

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 8

 Main Ingredients:

  •  flour
  •   butter
  •   eggs


  •   Butter - 1 cup + 4 tbsps (unsalted and softened)
  •   Sugar - 1 3/4 cups (caster sugar or very fine granulated sugar)
  •   Vanilla Essence - 2 tsps
  •   Eggs - 4
  •   Maida - 2 1/2 cups (all purpose flour)
  •   Baking powder - 2 tsps
  •   Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  •   Milk - 2/3 cup
  •   Buttermilk - 1/3 cup
  •   Salt - 1/2 tsp

Method for making Basic Butter Cake

Preheat oven to 160ร‚ยฐC. Grease and line two 8" cake pans with baking/parchment paper.
Sieve all purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. Add salt and whisk together. Keep aside.
In a bowl, cream butter, castor sugar and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating to combine. Add the buttermilk and beat for 10 seconds.
Add the flour, a few tbsps at a time. Use a wooden spoon to combine. Next add a little milk and stir to combine. Repeat with remaining flour and milk, ending with the flour.
Divide the cake batter equally into the two greased and lined pans. Bake for 55 mts to an hour or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. (Check from 50 mts onwards) Allow to stand in pan for 10 mts.
Turn out onto a wire rack to cool for 30 mts.. Slice and serve.


  •   You can make your own castor sugar at home by grinding granulated white sugar till it appears like very tiny granules. Sugar should not become like a fine powder. It should be coarse on touch.
  •   All the ingredients should be at room temperature.
  •   Butter should be very soft and at room temperature. None of the ingredients should be cold.
  •   If you do not have 2 cake pans of the same size, bake one round cake and use the remaining batter to make large cupcakes. The baking time for cupcakes is 15-20 mts. Check from 15 mts onwards.
  •   The quantity of castor sugar can be increased by 1/4 to 1/2 cup.


A simple recipe for a butter cake that is tried and tested. A never fail cake recipe with butter that your family and friends will love.

45 thoughts on “Basic Butter Cake

    1. Take the cup you need to measure the buttermilk, Add half a tbsp of lemon juice to the cup and then fill it with milk. Leave aside for few mts and use.

  1. hi sailu…greetings from the uk…m a fond reader of your blog though this is the first time i am posting..thanks for the recipe…just wanted to ask you, can we replace the eggs, and if so how?thanks:-)

  2. Hummm looks so yummmm…. Will try out some time soon. Sailu just one question, i love butter biscuits (or osmania biscuits) that we find in hyd bakery or rather at road side tea stalls ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can you please post that recipe if you have an idea. I’ve been longing to make that but don’t know how ๐Ÿ™ would appreciate it. Thanks.

  3. Hi sailu

    Just tried this recipe….it’s awesome awesome…..followed the same steps and the outcome is superb….thanks for sharing the recipe

  4. Sailu is it just me or is the sugar content a tad too less. The increase in sugar seems more of a requirement than an option. I made this cake today and put on some lemon glaze. And without the sweetness in the glaze, I felt it was too bland..

  5. Buttermilk is curd mixed with water, right?? I normally make butter cake with equal wt of butter,eggs ,maida and sugar…shd try your recipe..:) sounds yummy…
    Just a thought….for those who dont have two same sized baking dishes you could suggest using the pressure cooker trays….:)

    1. Yes, that is buttermilk. You can use home made butter milk prepared with curd and water also. Thanks for your inputs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Tried this recipe with only variation of using just one egg( as my 2 yr old son doesnt like too much egg). However the result was still the same….. moist, soft and tasty butter cake….

  7. Hi, I was going through your recipe. I am a bit confused, why do we add buttermilk and baking soda for a vanilla cake. I thought those items are added for a chocolate based cake. Please Help

  8. Made it with the rind of 2 oranges (NOT tangelos) and the juice of half. Reduces to 3 eggs because the oranges are not as strong as vanilla in masking the egginess. Turned out great especially when topped with dark chocolate ganauche (use 8:2 cocoa butter to bittersweet chocolate for a rich bitter ganauche that solitifyes when cooled)

    1. This is a butter cake so butter is essential. But if you’d like to try ghee in place of butter, you can use it too.

      1. Mam, made this cake, taste was really good, but the cake was not firm, it was just falling into pieces, donno where I went wrong, can you plz suggest me..

  9. My first cake I baked was this recipe by Sailu !! words cant express how excited I am to have tried this ….my hubby loved it & I give the entire credit to you Sailu ! I am a ardent fan of your blog!! your recipes never fail. Tried methi murgh, cheese chilli toast, Gobi Manchurian, egg masala, chicken masala, balls, mix veg, chole, etc…I highly recommend this site for all you food lovers or even beginners !

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