Kentucky Butter Cake

On Face Book this morning, this cake showed up and instantly I went to the fridge and took out butter to soften so I could make it later in the morning. All I can say is WOW…it is just amazing and you can make it in one bowl, which is always a plus. The glaze that oozes into the holes which you punch as soon as it comes out of the oven, just makes it even more delectable. Three different people have sampled it today, and if you could have seen the looks on their faces. This will be one of the cakes that I make through the holidays this year to sell.

Ingredients for Cake

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

4 eggs, room temperature

3 cups all purpose flour

1 teas baking powder

1/2 teas baking soda

2 teas vanilla

1 cup buttermilk

Ingredients for Glaze

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup butter

3 tables water

2 teas vanilla

Preheat oven to 325:

For cake, combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat for 3 minutes and pour into a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake until cake tests done. (depending on size of bundt pan, will depend on how long it bakes, I used a small bundt pan and 4 mini loaf pans, but if you use a typical size bundt, such as a 9 or 10 cup, it will need to bake about an hour).


Combine the butter, water and vanilla in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved, but do not boil. (I added one teaspoon of the vanilla to the mixture while it was cooking and then added the last teas right before I poured the glaze over the cakes.)

Bake in 10″ bundt pan which you have greased and floured for 60-75 min depending on your oven.  I begin to check for doneness  after about 55 min. But test about every 3-4 min until cake tests done!

When cake comes out of the oven, punch holes with end of a stick, straw or small round handle. Pour glaze over the cake allowing to drip down into the holes. Let cake cool completely before removing out of pan.

6 thoughts on “Kentucky Butter Cake

    • Oh Jan, I just saw this. Yes, I don’t see why not. I used the small 6 cup bundt and then poured the rest of the batter in mini loaf pans and they all did great. I think a 9×12 would be fine, but you will probably need to take some of the batter (I think it is too much to use all of it in a 9×12) and make some cupcakes or mini loaves. I never like to put more batter than half way up the sides of a 9×12 because then by the time it is done in the middle, the sides are too done. Does that make sense?


    • Isn’t it good? You have got to make the Kentucky Butter Cake. It is my new favorite cake. Jodi devoured it when she tasted it. Randy and I ate half a loaf each as soon as it came out of the oven. So glad you like the soup. I love stuff like that. Are you going to try the Mexican Wedding soup? I haven’t yet, but will this week. Hugs to you and I do miss you! Hope you are doing well.


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