Basic Butter Cake

James Carrier

Our velvety butter cake recipe makes a great base for your choice of fillings and frostings. Making a great cake from scratch takes just a few minutes longer than stirring up a mix. Give it a try.

 

This recipe goes with Almond-apricot Cake, Berry-lemon Cake, Orange-caramel Cake

Yield: Makes two 9-inch cake layers; 12 to 16 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 322
  • Calories from fat: 42%
  • Protein: 4.8g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 8.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 43g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 257mg
  • Cholesterol: 115mg

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, softened (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk

Preparation

  1. 1. In a bowl, with a mixer on medium-high speed (use the paddle attachment if using a standing mixer), beat butter and sugar until fluffy and pale yellow, 4 to 5 minutes. Add eggs, then yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Beat in vanilla.
  2. 2. In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir (or beat at low speed) about a third of the flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir in half the milk just until blended. Stir in another third of the flour mixture, then remaining milk, followed by remaining flour. Scrape batter equally into two buttered and floured 9-inch round cake pans and spread level.
  3. 3. Bake in a 350° regular or convection oven until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on racks in pans for 10 minutes, then invert cakes onto racks and remove pans. Cool completely before frosting.

    Notes: Soften the butter briefly in a warm place in the kitchen or in a microwave oven until very soft but not melted.
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