Kentucky Butter Cake, is a moist cake topped with a rich and decadent buttery glaze. It’s one of the best butter cake recipes you can make from scratch.
This is a traditional butter cake recipe that is easy and will be the perfect dessert addition to any party.
It’s such a simple recipe and I am sure that you will have most, if not all, of the ingredients on hand.
But, I promise I won’t tell if you make it at home and keep it for yourself because, I know you’ll love this Kentucky Butter Cake.
This cake is one of the easiest recipes to make, too. I love to make pound cakes because everyone loves them (especially me) and they are always a hit. They are moist, dense, rich, and pretty much perfect.
Plus, you can use a butter glaze or any type of frosting, such as cream cheese.
What Do I Need To Make Kentucky Butter Cake?
Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post
- Butter (softened)
- All-purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Baking powder
Rich Butter Cake Recipe
- Add the softened butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and buttermilk to a large bowl and mix together.
- Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan.
- Bake for approximately one hour. Cool and poke holes in the cake.
- Add butter glaze ingredients (butter, sugar, water, and vanilla) to a saucepan and cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
- Pour glaze over cake and let it cool.
- Invert and sprinkle powdered sugar over the top and enjoy
How To Make Kentucky Butter Cake
Firstly, add the softened butter to the bowl.
Secondly, add the cream and sugar together.
Next, add the eggs and mix them in.
Fourthly, add the vanilla to the batter.
Pour the flour into the bowl and mix it in.
Add the salt and baking soda. Mix everything together.
Pour the baking powder into the bowl and mix it in.
Finally, pour in the buttermilk.
I gotta say, I think this is the best ingredient. It’s going to make the Kentucky Butter Cake so much more moist and rich.
Mix everything together until it is combined and free of lumps.
Grease and flour the pan.
I used a non-stick spray and then floured the pan. Be sure to do this step or your cake will stick and it won’t be pretty. You can still eat it, but you’d have grab a fork and just eat it out of the bundt pan. Which is totally doable. (That’s never stopped me)!
Pour the batter into the bundt pan.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a bundt pan, head down to the local second-hand store. I’ve seen quite a few for under a dollar! I got this one for only a few dollars.
You might find some other goodies while you’re down there, too.
Bake the cake for about an hour and let it cool.
Poke a few holes with a knife so when you drizzle the butter glaze sauce over it, it will run down into the crevices, creating a buttery flavor with each bite.
Add the butter to a saucepan and melt it on medium heat.
Next, add the sugar and mix the two ingredients together.
Add the water and vanilla and mix everything together again. Cook the sauce for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves, but don’t let it boil or it will be overcooked.
Pour the butter glaze over the cake. It will run down the sides and into the knife holes. This might be the best part and most satisfying step of the entire recipe.
The cake smells amazing and you know once it sets up it’s going to be incredible.
Let the glaze cool. Once it cools, it will be crunchy. Invert the cake onto a cake plate and enjoy!
Look at the butter glaze on the side. Seriously, it’s so good. Oh my goodness gracious.
Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top, add a dollop of whipped topping, and you are in business.
Kentucky Butter Cake with a Butter Glaze
Kentucky Butter Cake with a Butter Glaze is a moist cake with a touch of a crunchy crust. It's one of the best butter cake recipes made from scratch. This is a traditional butter cake recipe that is easy and will be the perfect addition to any party.
Kentucky Butter Cake
- 1 cup butter (softened)
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 325-degrees.
Grease and flour a bundt pan.
Kentucky Butter Cake
- Add the butter and sugar to a large bowl and mix together.
- Add the eggs, vanilla, and flour and mix.
- Add the salt, baking soda, and baking powder and mix together.
- Add the buttermilk to the batter and mix together.
- Pour into the greased and floured bundt pan.
- Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until cake tester comes out clean.
- Poke a few holes in the cake with a knife.
- Add the butter and sugar to a saucepan and mix together.
- Add the water and vanilla and mix.
- Cook on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
- Pour the glaze over the cake.
- Cool, invert the cake, and serve.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 305Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 307mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g
Nutrition is approximate.
Check out more delicious recipes at: Julia’s Simply Southern, South Your Mouth, and Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
Sunday 24th of July 2022
When you use butter in your recipes, is it salted or unsalted?
Monday 25th of July 2022
That's a great question. I usually use whatever is on sale. If there's a recipe that specifically needs salted or unsalted I will notate that. But, I am all about saving, so I use the least expensive. ;)
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