Butter cakes are some of the most common cakes you can make, but their taste is anything but common. Here is a delectable butter cake recipe you must try!
In ancient times, the candles on a birthday cake would be blown out one at a time, so people’s prayers had time to reach heaven.
The cake is still one of the most popular ways to mark celebrations. But do you know an easy recipe for one that will make your celebration extra special?
If not, we can assist. Read on as we give our perfect butter cake recipe.
This cake will probably take you around ten minutes to prepare. Add in another 50 minutes of cooking time, and the whole thing will be done in an hour, with around an extra ten minutes to tidy the kitchen at the end. That makes it a great cake for last-minute occasions.
Butter Cake Recipe Ingredients
Use the highest quality dairy products you can for the best finish. That means sourcing top-quality butter for a silky smooth finish.
Another way to get a great texture is to use yogurt instead of the traditional milk method. This adds an extra layer of flavor to the cake. You should also sift the flour before use.
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Unsalted butter
- Vanilla extract
- Plain, natural yogurt of full fat milk
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Collect your ingredients, along with a bowl, baking tray, and whisk. Make sure your butter is outside the refrigerator, as you will need it to be room temperature.
Your pan can be any number of shapes and sizes, depending on how you want the final cake to look. Make sure it is lightly greased along the bottom and sides with some of the butter.
Take seven ounces of your cake flour and add one teaspoon of baking powder. Mix this well, then stir in half a teaspoon of salt.
In the same bowl, add 225 grams of butter. As the cake is called butter cake, you can up this amount to crank up the richness. However, you should not go over 250 grams of butter in total or the cake consistency will be compromised.
You then need to beat the mixture together until it has a smooth consistency and turns pale yellow in color. This can be a demanding task if you do not have a hand or stand mixer, so you may wish to source one before you begin.
After around three minutes with an electric mixer, you should be ready to place in the first egg. Add both the yolk and white, beating well for around two minutes until it is fully absorbed in the mix. Continue this process until four large eggs have been added.
Continue mixing and add half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. If you want the cake colored, perhaps for a children’s party, now is the time to add it. Fold them both into the flour so they are fully absorbed and spread evenly.
Now you can add some moisture to the cake. Mix in four tablespoons of your plain yogurt. If you chose to use full-fat milk, you will need around about the same amount.
Pour the mixture into your pan. Make sure it is distributed evenly over the surface, and flatten it out with a spatula. Check that your oven is preheated to the desired temperature and place inside.
Baking butter cake takes around forty to fifty minutes. Try to avoid over-baking the top, as this can provide an unpleasant texture and taste. Once the top of the cake is set, placing aluminum foil over it should prevent this.
Remove the cake from the oven. Give it around five minutes to cool, remove from the tray and cut into slices. You will then have a buttery cake that is delicious for all occasions.
Butter Cake vs Pound Cake
Butter cakes and pound cake are extremely similar. They both use baking soda as their raising agent. However, butter cake is a slightly more complex recipe with more depth to the flavor.
Pound cake gets its name because it uses one pound of each ingredient: one pound of butter, one pound of sugar, and one pound of flour.
If you are thinking about making a butter cake even better, then buttercream topping is the way to go. Once you have the main recipe, it is easy to add flavors and colors to customize the cake as you want.
- Powdered sugar
- Any flavoring, extract, or food coloring you wish
Mix three cups of powdered sugar with one-third of a cup of butter. Make sure the butter is softened to room temperature. Using an electric whisk or standing mixer, set to a low temperature to mix the ingredients.
Slowly add any of your flavorings, extract, or food coloring. As you do so, add a tablespoon of milk to moisten the mixture.
Add another tablespoon of milk a bit at a time, achieving a consistency that is smooth and spreadable. If the mix is too thick, add a little more milk. If it goes too thin, then consider adding more of the powdered sugar.
Spread your buttercream generously over the top of the cake before cutting it. Make sure the cake has cooled fully before doing so, or you may find the cream consistency suffers as a result.
Making a Buttercake
Now you know how to make this delicious butter cake recipe, all that is left is to try it out. Make it even tastier with the delicious frosting, and serve at your next party or event.
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