The Classic Butter Cake

Yields: 12 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 15 Mins Cook Time: 35 Mins Total Time: 50 Mins

Butter Cakes are the simplest of cakes to make. They take about 15 minutes to prepare and around 35 minutes to bake, and make for a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, or something simple and unpretentious for dessert. They form the basis for more elaborate cakes.


0/8 Ingredients
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0/8 Instructions
  • Begin by mixing 120g of sugar with 2 eggs in a mixing bowl. Whisk on high for 3 minutes or until the sugar and eggs are fully combined.
  • Add 150g of softened butter and continue to whisk on high for another 3 minutes. Use the remaining butter on the wrapper to grease the cake tin.
  • Add 5ml of Essence of Vanilla to the batter and whisk for another 2 minutes.
  • Sift 150g of plain white flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of salt into the batter, and whisk for another 3 minutes, starting slow, and increasing to maximum.
  • Add 2 tsp of milk to the batter, fold in and whisk for another minutes.
  • Transfer the batter to the cake tin, and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 35 minutes. You can insert a skewer into the cake to test for doneness. If it comes out cleanly, it's done.
  • Allow to cool, before carefully removing from its container.
  • Slice and serve. Best served with a hot beverage of choice and some fruit or fresh cream on the side.