Butter Cake


This butter cake recipe is rich and delicious. It can be made for many uses and frosted if you like. You can also add soft fruit, such as blueberries or strawberries.

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Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
1 8-inch square cake


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature

  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup milk, room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan; line the bottom with parchment or wax paper, or dust lightly with flour.

  2. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.

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  3. Beat sugar and butter together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla extract.

    an overhead view of butter and sugar creamed together in a mixing bowl.

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  4. Add flour mixture in 1/2 cup batches, alternating with milk, beating batter briefly after each addition until just blended.

    an overhead view of flour and milk being added, alternating between the two, to batter in a mixing bowl.

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  5. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

    an overhead view of butter cake batter poured in to a bundt pan.

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  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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    Blueberry Cake Variation:

    Add 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to the dry ingredients and stir 1 cup of fresh blueberries into the batter before baking. Cut into squares while it is still hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

210 Calories
9g Fat
30g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 210
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 53mg 18%
Sodium 251mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 3g
Calcium 72mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 54mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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