James Carrier
Makes two 9-inch cake layers; 12 to 16 servings

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.


How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 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.

Ratings & Reviews

grnolv's Review

April 17, 2013
This cake was horrible! It was dry and bland. I was so disappointed in the outcome and feel like I wasted good groceries on a flop of a cake!

rachealleebuie's Review

February 14, 2012
I made cupcakes with this recipe. When it was hot out of the oven the density was perfect. I left it overnight to ice the next day and they were like rocks. Horrible. I will not be making this again. I guess I should have known when the batter was too thick to poor.

bluiz2802's Review

February 25, 2011
My husband LOVES butter cake and I found this one to try; had to convince him I made it (not store bought)....lol He was VERY impressed!!

portland's Review

May 22, 2010
i think this may be the worst cake i have made in sixty years! it was dense and bland. i think there may be too much flour and eggs in this recipe. it reminded me of the german baumkuchen, both in flavor and texture.

nikilg's Review

August 15, 2009
very easy to make , just love it i used it has pound cake with some ice cream on top with fruit

nice2benice's Review

June 17, 2009
I made this recipe precisely as directed but no one in my family liked this cake (made it as a birthday cake). It tastes like a pancake, lacking butter flavor and sweetness. Other cake flour recipes I've made never call for this much flour which may be why it tasted so bland. On the plus side it baked beautifully and because it's a very dense cake it was easy to handle and frost.