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Basic Butter Cake

Print version of Basic Butter Cake
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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.

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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 Recipe

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 55 min
Yield: 8
Main Ingredients: flour butter eggs

Ingredients

  • 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

  1. Preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line two 8" cake pans with baking/parchment paper.
  2. Sieve all purpose flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. Add salt and whisk together. Keep aside.
  3. In a bowl, cream butter, castor sugar and vanilla on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating to combine. Add the buttermilk and beat for 10 seconds.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool for 30 mts.. Slice and serve.

Tips

  • 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.

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By • Nov 26th, 2012 • Category: All Recipes, Cake Recipes, Flour Recipes, Sweet Dessert Recipes

  • Diana

    how do you make buttermilk?

    • http://sailusfood.com/ Sailu | Indian Food

      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.

  • Mehek

    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:-)

    • http://sailusfood.com/ Sailu | Indian Food

      Will post the eggless butter cake recipe soon.

      • Mehek

        thanks so much sailu…can’t wait to try it out…in the meantime i will try something else from your site out.cheers:-)

  • Faseela

    yummy n perfect bake….

  • raaji s

    beautiful cake..lovely texture

  • raaji s

    nice one

  • Shalini

    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 ;) Can you please post that recipe if you have an idea. I’ve been longing to make that but don’t know how :( would appreciate it. Thanks.

  • Jyothi

    Hi sailu

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

  • Priya

    Marvellous butter cake, prefectly done.

  • Hasita

    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..

    • http://sailusfood.com/ Sailu | Indian Food

      Hasita, I have mentioned in the tips that you can increase the sugar content. I have reduced it slightly.

  • Sunita

    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….:)

    • http://sailusfood.com/ Sailu | Indian Food

      Yes, that is buttermilk. You can use home made butter milk prepared with curd and water also. Thanks for your inputs. :)

  • http://www.jual-pistolgasairmata.blogspot.com/ Gerbangpantura

    makanan yang enak….

  • krishna

    Why don’t you compete in masterchef3

  • srpr

    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….

  • Zeekayv

    Hi what if I don’t have buttermilk – could i use regular milk?

    • http://sailusfood.com/ Sailu | Indian Food

      Add a tbsp of vinegar to regular milk and use.

  • Anilagibi

    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

  • Ashwini Sudhakaran

    Can i use my aluminium cooker tray in the oven..???

  • shreepriya

    how to bake this cake in a microwave

  • shreepriya

    how to bake this cake in a microwave.
    I have already raised this question,but no reply.