Fudge Butter Cake Recipe

Butter cake is one of the best easy cake recipes for beginners who are just learning how to make a cake. This simple cake recipe calls for only a few simple ingredientsflour, sugar, vanilla extract, milk, eggs, and of course, butter — to create a delicious cake from scratch. The result is a fluffy heavenly buttery cake that’s good to eat on its own, but also ready for all the yummy toppings and frostings. Try this recipe for an afternoon dessert with caramel coffee or Mexican hot chocolate.

Tips for Making Butter Cake

We made this butter cake recipe with chocolate fudge frosting on top. We also used plain yogurt instead of milk. Trust us, yogurt is one of the secrets in baking a cake that’s incredibly moist! Here are more baking tips for you to take note of the next time you make this homemade cake recipe:

  • Use the best butter you can find. After all, butter is the star here! Pick an unsalted butter that has 80% butterfat. Stay away from margarine as it has a very high trans fat content. 
  • You can use all-purpose flour, but cake flour will give a better texture. To make your own cake flour, first take 2 cups of all-purpose flour, then remove 4 tablespoons from it, and mix in 4 tablespoons of cornstarch.
  • All ingredients should be at room temperature. They’re easier to mix.
  • Do not overmix the cake batter, or else the cake will be tough.
  • While we used chocolate frosting to cover the cake, you can try other toppings. For instance, use the all-time favorite cream cheese frosting infused with lemon and almond extract for a citrusy fresh taste. You can also simply top it with some fresh berries, whipped cream, and powdered sugar.
  • Always line the baking pan so that the cake won’t stick. You can use non-stick cooking spray, parchment paper, or vegetable oil followed by a thin layer of flour to grease the pan.

Fudge Butter Cake Recipe

How To Make Fudge Butter Cake

Indulge in a fluffy and tasty butter cake enveloped with a decadent chocolate fudge frosting in this fudge butter cake recipe. A delicious yet simple and easy cake recipe for butter cakes.

Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 1 hr 10 mins


  • cups cake flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cups sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • cup milk

For Frosting:

  • 5 oz chocolate pieces, unsweetened
  • 8 tbsp butter
  • 3 cup confectionery sugar
  • 6 tbsp milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

  2. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a bowl and set aside. 

  3. In a stand mixer, beat the sugar and ½ cup of butter until it's creamed. Crack eggs into a dish and add the vanilla. Do not beat.

  4. Add the eggs to the butter mixture one at a time. Mix for 2 minutes between each egg, scraping down sides if necessary. 

  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the running mixer, making sure each addition is well incorporated. 

  6. Slowly add the milk, mixing well after each addition. You can also mix the dry ingredients and milk alternately to ensure everything is mixed in properly.

  7. Grease and flour two 8-inch cake pans. Pour the batter evenly into each pan. 

  8. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through.

  9. Cool the cakes for 5 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack and allowing to cool for 40 minutes. 

Preparing The Frosting:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate using 10-second bursts. Once it has just melted, mix to fully melt any remaining pieces and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. 

  2. Add the chocolate and butter to a stand mixer and beat until it combines. After 2 minutes, add the powdered sugar and the milk.

  3. Once smooth, frost the cake layers. Stack the layers and frost the outside. Serve immediately. 


  • Sugar: 77g
  • :
  • Calcium: 156mg
  • Calories: 754kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 109g
  • Cholesterol: 105mg
  • Fat: 35g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Potassium: 239mg
  • Protein: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 21g
  • Sodium: 482mg
  • Vitamin A: 820IU
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my butter cake dense?

The number one cause of a dense cake is overmixing. When the cake batter is overmixed, it forms too much gluten which makes the cake tough and dense. Another cause could be adding inaccurately measured ingredients. Measure the liquids and dry ingredients accurately using the appropriate measuring tools. Also, check if the baking powder used is still good and has not expired.

Is butter cake the same as pound cake?

Butter cake and pound cake use the same ingredients but in different ratios. Because pound cake uses a pound of each main ingredient, it is heavier and denser. Try and compare with this cream cheese pound cake.

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With this simple and easy cake recipe, you’ll realize that baking a cake doesn’t have to be intimidating. Try this tasty butter cake with a luscious fudge for your next potluck or fancy dinner and your guests will surely be impressed!
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