Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe


For the Cake:

3 cups of all-purpose flour.

2 cups of granulated sugar.

1 teaspoon of salt.

1 teaspoon of baking powder.

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.

1 cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened.

1 cup of buttermilk.

4 large eggs.

2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract.

For the Decadent Butter Sauce:

1/2 cup of unsalted butter.

1 cup of granulated sugar.

1/4 cup of water.

2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract.


Begin by preheating your oven to 325°F (163°C). Then, generously grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan.

In a spacious mixing bowl, gently whisk together the all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.

In a separate bowl, harmoniously blend the softened butter, buttermilk, eggs, and pure vanilla extract until a cohesive mixture is achieved.

Gradually introduce the moist mixture into the dry ingredients, diligently stirring until a smooth and fully integrated batter emerges.

Pour this impeccable batter into your prepared bundt pan, ensuring an even distribution.

Bake this culinary masterpiece in your preheated oven for approximately 45-50 minutes. It should reach perfection when a toothpick, when inserted into the center of the cake, emerges either immaculately clean or bearing only a few delightful moist crumbs.

While your cake bakes, turn your attention to crafting the sumptuous butter sauce. In a saucepan, unite the butter, granulated sugar, and water. Allow them to meld into a blissful mixture as you bring it to a gentle boil. Once there, reduce the heat and let it simmer for roughly 5 minutes, all the while giving it constant, loving attention. Remove the saucepan from the heat and gracefully stir in the pure vanilla extract.

As your cake emerges from the oven in all its golden glory, grant it a brief reprieve to cool within the pan for approximately 10 minutes.

While the cake is still tenderly warm, employ a skewer or fork to punctuate its surface with a multitude of holes, ensuring each one reaches all the way to its heart.

Now, pour the warmly delightful butter sauce over your cake, ensuring it cascades into the inviting holes and cloaks the entirety of this delectable creation.

Allow the cake to languidly cool within its pan. During this tranquil interlude, the butter sauce will metamorphose into an ethereal, sweet, and buttery glaze.

Once the cake has luxuriated in this process, gently invert it onto a resplendent serving platter or plate.

Slice and savor your extraordinary creation, the Kentucky Butter Cake. For an additional flourish of sweetness, consider dusting it with a delicate shower of powdered sugar.

Delight in the company of your homemade Kentucky Butter Cake, ideally accompanied by a steaming cup of coffee or a fragrant pot of tea, as the perfect conclusion to your meal.

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