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Kentucky Butter Cake


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Kentucky Butter Cake! This classic Southern dessert is moist, buttery, and typically topped with a delicious butter glaze. Here’s a basic recipe for it:

Kentucky Butter Cake:


For the Cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs

For the Butter Glaze:

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 


  1. Prepare the Cake:
    1. Preheat your oven to 325°F (165°C).
    2. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan or tube pan.
    3. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
    4. Add the buttermilk, butter, and vanilla extract, and beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides as needed.
    5. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until just combined.
    6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
    7. Bake for 60-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Keep an eye on it after the 60-minute mark to avoid over-baking.
    8. Remove from oven but leave the cake in the pan.
  2. Prepare the Butter Glaze:
    1. While the cake is baking, combine the sugar, butter, water, and vanilla in a small saucepan.
    2. Cook over medium heat until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. This shouldn’t take long, about 2-3 minutes.
    3. Once the cake is out of the oven, while it’s still warm and in the pan, poke holes all over the cake using a skewer or fork.
    4. Pour the hot butter glaze evenly over the cake, ensuring it seeps into the holes you’ve made. Allow the cake to absorb the glaze for about 10 minutes.
  3. Finish:
    1. After the cake has absorbed the glaze, invert it onto a plate or cake stand. Let it cool completely.
    2. Once cooled, you can serve it as it is or dust with powdered sugar for added decoration.

Enjoy your Kentucky Butter Cake! This moist and buttery cake is perfect when paired with a cup of coffee or tea.



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