Kentucky Butter Cake – OMG!


If you are a fan of vanilla-kissed, buttery cakes, this beauty is for you.  We have a pretty new cake plate on our counter so I have felt obliged to keep it full of cake.  As if one really needs an excuse to make cake!

This cake is butter, sugar, eggs, some more butter and vanilla at its finest.  I love a cake than can be made ahead of time and this Kentucky Butter Cake fits the bill.  I found the original recipe on  With 456 reviews equaling 4 1/2 stars, I had to give it a whirl.  I cleaned up the instructions a bit, but have left the ingredients intact.

Feel free to adorn this cake with berries and cream, I liked it plain with coffee.

Kentucky Butter Cake

2 sticks butter, at room temperature
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

3/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a 10 or 12 inch Bundt pan.

2. Beat butter and sugar together with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.  Add eggs mixing on medium speed, one at a time, until evenly blended into batter.  Scrape down sides.  Add vanilla and blend again.

3. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Add 1/2 of the flour mixture to the butter and sugar.  Blend on medium speed until smooth.  Add 1/2 cup buttermilk and blend on medium speed until smooth.  Repeat.  Transfer batter to bundt pan and smooth so that batter is even.

4.  Bake for 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

5.  While cake is baking, make the sauce: Melt butter over medium heat; add sugar and water.  Stir occasionally until sugar dissolves, do not boil.  Mix in vanilla.

6.  When cake is done, use a chopstick to prick about 40 holes in the still warm cake. Slowly pour sauce over cake. Let cake cool before removing from pan turning it out from the pan.

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