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Butter Cake | Soft Simple Yummy

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Butter Cake

Butter Cake | Soft Simple Yummy

Every now and then, something as simple as this Butter Cake makes an otherwise dull day into something to look forward to. It is so easy to make, and you probably already have all the required ingredients in your pantry already! You can dream it up and serve it within an hour. This cake is perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. It also makes for a simple base cake to decorate with fondant or buttercream. You can make cupcakes with the batter too. To play around with the recipe  you can add grated orange or lemon zest to the batter.

Butter based cakes become denser upon refrigeration. Although I dont mind this at all, you might want to let it come to room temperature if taken out of the fridge.

I dedicate this recipe to my friend Afrah ūüôā

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Recipe Name: Butter Cake | Soft Simple Yummy
Recipe Type:  Cake
Author: Shana c/o Recipes ‘R’ Simple
Prep time: 
Cook time: 35 min
Total time: 
Yield: One¬†9 ” round cake

Ingredients:¬† ¬†(This recipe is for a 9 ” round or 8×8″ square cake. You can easily (√ó2) or (√ó3) this cake for a larger cake or tiered cakes).

  • 1 ¬Ĺ cups plain flour
  • ¬ľ tsp salt¬† (use 1/8 tsp if using salted butter)
  • ¬Ĺ Tbsp baking powder
  • ¬Ĺ cup milk, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¬Ĺ cup butter, softened ( bring to room temperature to soften- do not use microwave)
  • 1 cup finely granulated caster sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • Optional:¬† 2 Tbsp grated lemon zest¬† OR 2 Tbsp grated lemon zest

Butter Cake | Soft Simple Yummy

  • First of all, Preheat oven to 325¬ļF / 160¬ļ C.
  • Sift flour with salt and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.
  • Also, combine milk and vanilla in a ¬†cup and set aside.
  • Cream butter until light. Use¬†a stand mixer with whisk attachment or hand held beaters. You can also use a whisk, it will just take a bit more time.
  • Add sugar gradually and continue to cream until fluffy.
  • Now add one egg at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Beat till¬† the color changes from deep yellow to a very pale yellow.
  • Next, add the dry sifted ingredients alternately with the milk and vanilla. Add small amounts at a time till well incorporated, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
  • Beat just until smooth. Do Not Over beat after last addition of flour.
  • Stir in the orange/lemon zest also if using.
  • Pour into an ungreased baking pan ( 9‚ÄĚ round pan or 8×8‚ÄĚ square pan) that has been lined with wax/parchment paper
  • It is noteworthy that the¬†pan should be no more than half full, since this is a high rising batter.
  • Finally, smooth the top of the batter with a spatula or spoon and then spread slightly from the centre towards the edges ( to decrease chances of a domed cake).
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes till centre is set, the cake pulls from the sides of the pan and it’s springy to a gentle touch. ( I use only the bottom heating element in my oven. Adjust timing according to the type and size of your oven. It is best to judge ¬†by watching the color of the cake and testing with a toothpick for doneness).
  • Remove the cake pan from the oven and cool upright on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Then invert, remove the paper and turn right side up. Leave on the rack to cool completely.

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Butter Cake | Soft Simple Yummy

  • If you are looking for another¬†substitute for the butter, you can¬†or you can use 2/3 the measure of butter with margarine and 1/3¬†with¬†vegetable shortening .
  • This cake batter is sufficient for 9″ round or 8√ó8 ” square cakes. To double or triple simply¬†¬†(√ó2) or (√ó3) each ingredient while exercising some discretion with flavoring and salt.
  • If you are being a large cake ¬†(√ó3) the recipe, baking time would be 60-65 minutes.

Key Ingredients: Flour, Butter, Sugar, Eggs, Baking Powder, Milk, Vanilla, Salt.

Leave a comment if you tried¬†–¬†Butter Cake | Soft Simple Yummy¬†.

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  1. Avatar Jeena Eugene 12 months ago

    God this butter cake is soo very tempting. Will surely going to try it out.
    One thing can I use honey instead of orange or lemon zest
    If so how much, How many tsps

    • Jeena, Hi yes Tempting is the word alright:)… Thankyou. well as for honey , I have never used it for my butter cake. Lemon zest is for added flavor , honey would act more as a
      Sweetner.. I think it would mess with the density of the cake. I would make the plain butter cake first, skip lemon or orange zest the first time.. then you can experiment the next time with flavors.. do let me know if u do try it with honey though.. ūüôā

    • Albert, Thank you so much for coming back to tell me . So happy you liked it. Thanks to your wife too!ūüėä

  2. Avatar Anonymous 11 months ago

    Cani make this in a cooker as I dnt have an oven.Once I made chocolate cake in a cooker

    • I have never made this cake in a cooker, itoo have only made choco cake .. i feel that plain / vanilla cakes in the cooker smell too eggy.. I will post some cooker cakes soon:) do ket me know if you try! Happy day to u

  3. Avatar Alicia 11 months ago

    I tried this cake and I just want to thank you thank you thank you!!! It was so soft and delicious. I have been looking for this type of recipe everywhere.. I find all your recipes just perfect. have to applaud you!

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