Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Basic Butter Cake

Would you believe me if I told you that I've never baked a plain old basic butter cake before? Well it's true! So when my girlfriend asked me to bake two small cakes for her this coming weekend, I knew I had to hunt for a recipe that would give me a moist buttery cake. I tried two different recipes over the week which were from published cook books. I even bought french butter specifically for this particular cake. Unfortunately both recipes did not give me an end result which I had eagerly anticipated.

I decided to try again and when I came across this recipe I decided to give it a try. I adapted the recipe slightly and also halved the ingredients to bake a 6" cake. And guess what, I struck gold this time round and they do say that third time is lucky! The cake was moist and soft, just like what a good tasting butter cake should be.

butter cake 3

Basic Butter Cake
Makes one round 20cm cake


250g unsalted butter
100g Sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs (separate the egg yolks and egg whites in 2 clean, dry bowls)
1 1/2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp grated orange zest
200g cake flour, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
80g sugar (to be added to the egg white)


1) Beat the butter and 100g sugar until light and creamy.

2) Add in the egg yolks one at a time and beat until creamy. Then add in the vanilla extract, orange zest and milk and beat until incorporated.

3) Fold in seived cake flour, baking powder and salt. Leave aside.

4) Whisk egg white until foamy. Then add in all the 80g sugar and beat until soft peaks.

5) Add the egg white in 2 separate additions into the cake batter. Gently fold in the egg whites. Do not overbeat the egg whites as it will result in a dry cake.

6) Pour into a 20 cm round tin which has been buttered and lined with parchment paper. Bake in pre-heated oven at 175C for about 45 mins or until cake skewer comes out clean. Do not overbake as it will dry out the cake.

butter cake 2

butter cake 1


Wen said...

Nice butter cake. Looks buttery and fluffy!

DG said...

Your cake looks moist & buttery. I tried it before, the cake very nice :)

tigerfish said...

Sometimes the simplest things get forgotten but at least, you remembered to bake a basic butter cake today. :)

Passionate About Baking said...

I can't believe you've never baked a butter cake before! I only dare to try out butter cake when I started my baking journey. This shows that you're truly a pro! Hehe... Your butter cake looks very inviting!

Angie's Recipes said...

I adore the rich, moist, and buttery cake like this...simplicity at its best!

Edith said...

Jo, good butter cake is very hard to come by.

Your attempt looks wonderful.

Pei-Lin said...

Butter cake always has its own cult regardless of which generations we are referring to, just like butter cookies. A lot of times, the basic and simplest are the best. They just work! =D

busygran said...

Nice and moist-looking butter cake! Tastes better the next day or two.

ann low said...

Your butter cakes looks moist and buttery. Love it!

Aimei said...

Such a coincidence as i just posted one on pound cake too. Oh yours looks good and with half the sugar i used for my pound cake! :P

The Duo Dishes said...

Sometimes it's the simplest cakes that make an impression. All you have to do is use an awesome butter, and you've created perfection!

noobcook said...

glad you try making it because the results are fabulous ;)

bittorrent movies said...

Cake looks best from the recipe as well the look.So the main things is that its recipe has been given that make people can also prepare at the home.the cake look best and the sift from the ingredients.

Ingrid_3Bs said...

As good as it looks I bet it tastes even better. I can even see all the wonderful zest you added in!

pigpigscorner said...

It looks so moist! and I like the orange zest here.

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