I was just scrolling that endless Instagram scroll a few mornings ago when my sister-in-law’s sister posted something about whipping up a Kentucky Butter Cake. Did she just say “BUTTER CAKE”? I didn’t even know it was a thing. But I knew if it was, I needed to try it! So I quickly googled it and found that it is a pound cake like Bundt cake with a sugar and butter glaze poured over it! Yes, please!
It’s very simple to make, and I love the dense, moist texture of the cake. It keeps very well and tasted even better the next day. We kept ours on a covered cake plate on the counter and
What keeps this cake so moist is the butter and sugar glaze. When the cake is just out of the oven, you poke holes in it with a knife, and then the glaze soaks in. It also coats the outside creating a delicious sugary crust as the cake and glaze cool. The boys thought this was the best part.
I think a slice of this cake with a cup of coffee or tea is perfection. It’s also delicious with whipped cream and berries. It’s a pretty cake that isn’t fussy. It’s rich, sweet, and buttery, but not over the top. Make one this week, so you can display it on your kitchen counter and steal a slice when no ones looking too. Happy Monday, friends.Print
For the Cake
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk
For the Glaze
- 1/3 cup butter
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Prepare a 10 inch Bundt pan by spraying it with Pam Nonstick Spray for Baking very thoroughly, or grease the pan very well with softened butter. I did have one tiny area that stuck to the pan, but I was able to cover it with a bit of powdered sugar.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar together on medium speed. Add eggs one at a time and mix until incorporated. Add vanilla and mix.
In a separate medium sized bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Slowly add 1/3 of the dry mixture at a time, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix on low speed until everything is incorporated.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 65-75 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the center of the cake should come out cleanly.
To make the glaze, add the butter, sugar, water, and vanilla extract into a small pan. Over medium heat, melt the butter and dissolve the sugar. Poke holes with a knife into the cake and pour glaze over the top. Allow the cake to cool completely, and then turn out onto a cake stand or platter.