Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe

Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe

How To Make Kentucky Butter Cake

A delicious and beloved classic, this butter is a simple vanilla-based dessert that’s topped with a sweet vanilla and sugar glaze.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes



For Cake:

  • 1cupbuttermilk
  • 4largeeggs
  • 2tspvanilla extract
  • 3cupsall purpose flour,spooned into measuring cup and leveled off
  • 2cupsgranulated sugar
  • 1tspbaking powder
  • ½tspbaking soda
  • 1tspsalt
  • 1cupunsalted butter,(2 sticks), softened
  • confectioner’s sugar,for dusting

For Glaze:

  • 5tbspunsalted butter
  • ¾cupgranulated sugar
  • ¼cupwater
  • 2tspvanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray with flour, such as Baker’s Joy or Pam with Flour.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Set aside. (Note that the mixture will start to look curdled as it sits; that’s okay.)

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or beaters, combine the flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds to combine.

  4. Add the soft butter and half of the buttermilk mixture and mix on low speed until moistened but still a little crumbly.

  5. With the mixer running on low, gradually add the remaining buttermilk mixture, then increase the speed to medium and mix for 3 minutes, stopping once to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. The batter should look pale and creamy. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl again, making sure the batter is evenly mixed.

  6. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Set the pan on a cooling rack.

  7. Using a skewer or toothpick, poke about 40 holes in the bottom of the still-warm cake, going about ¾ of the way down. Spoon half of the glaze evenly over the bottom of the cake.

  8. If the glaze starts to pool on the surface, poke more holes to help it sink in. Leave the cake on the rack to cool for 30 minutes.

  9. Invert the cake onto a serving platter. Brush or spoon the remaining glaze evenly over the top and sides of the cake, letting it soak in. (Go slowly so that the glaze gets absorbed.)

  10. Let the cake sit for at least one hour before serving. Right before serving, use a fine sieve to dust the top of the cake with confectioners’ sugar.


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the butter, granulated sugar, water, and vanilla. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar is dissolved.


  • Calories: 614.69kcal
  • Fat: 26.66g
  • Saturated Fat: 16.13g
  • Trans Fat: 0.98g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7.09g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.45g
  • Carbohydrates: 87.37g
  • Fiber: 1.01g
  • Sugar: 58.53g
  • Protein: 7.45g
  • Cholesterol: 139.45mg
  • Sodium: 411.74mg
  • Calcium: 87.35mg
  • Potassium: 115.57mg
  • Iron: 2.19mg
  • Vitamin A: 239.26µg
  • Vitamin C: 0.25mg
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