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Kentucky Butter Cake

This Kentucky Butter Cake recipe is CRAZY moist, buttery and coated with a sweet buttery sauce that crusts the outside and soaks into the cake making it amazing for days. What you get is a stunning, sweet, buttery, soft cake that is as perfect on its own as it is topped with strawberries and whipped cream!

Kentucky Butter Cake is Officially My Most Favorite Vanilla Pound Cake

This is definitely the winner of the Official Pound Cake Category. Let me explain why…

First, Kentucky Butter Cake is easy to make. Second its flavor is simple and buttery and vanilla-ish. Third its texture is perfection. And fourth…the MOST important part of this cake…is it’s topped with a RIDICULOUS butter/sugar/vanilla sauce that soaks into the cake while also leaving it crispy and sweet on top. It’s like a giant glazed cake doughnut, only better. Better because the cake absorbs so much of the sauce making it dense sweet and really unique. I am in love love love.

This Kentucky Butter Cake is CRAZY moist, buttery and coated with a sweet buttery glaze that crusts the outside and soaks into the cake making it amazing for days. Simply amazing!

Serving Tip

I am going to tell you this Kentucky Butter Cake is better the second day. And even the third day too. And I never say that!

Don’t get me wrong, if you can’t wait, go ahead and eat it the day you make it…but I am telling you…if you can plan ahead at all let this cake take a nap overnight. You will be rewarded.

How to make Kentucky Butter Cake

The batter goes together in a snap…

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And here’s the thing. The bundt pan… you will need to HEAVILY grease this guy. The cake needs to cool completely in the pan after you pour the sauce on top. So get out your Crisco or butter and give the pan a healthy slather. Then dust it with a layer of flour for extra help.

I have never had very good luck with the sprays for my bundt cakes. I feel like I have tried them all, but if you have had good luck with a baking spray, go ahead and use that. I just want to stress you need a good grease on this pan before you pour your batter in!

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Once it’s baked poke some holes all over the Kentucky butter cake and whip up your sweet butter sauce.

Pour it all over the warm cake…

This Kentucky Butter Cake is CRAZY moist, buttery and coated with a sweet buttery glaze that crusts the outside and soaks into the cake making it amazing for days. Simply amazing!

Allow the bundt cake to cool completely in the pan so the sauce has time to soak in. It will set up on top…

This Kentucky Butter Cake is CRAZY moist, buttery and coated with a sweet buttery glaze that crusts the outside and soaks into the cake making it amazing for days. Simply amazing!

When it’s time, flip that gorgeous lady out of the pan and pray to the bundt gods all goes well. You will have to loosen the cake at its edges with a butter knife to help the process along.

Oh and dusting it with powdered sugar not only makes it pretty, but helps hide any imperfections in the cake.

This Kentucky Butter Cake is CRAZY moist, buttery and coated with a sweet buttery glaze that crusts the outside and soaks into the cake making it amazing for days. Simply amazing!

Then slice it and try your hardest not to groan when you take a slice.

This Kentucky Butter Cake is CRAZY moist, buttery and coated with a sweet buttery glaze that crusts the outside and soaks into the cake making it amazing for days. Simply amazing!

The bottom, that was once the top, with the crackly butter sauce is MY LIFE.

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Kentucky Butter Cake

Kentucky Butter Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 75 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 12 1x
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

This is the most epic pound cake recipe ever!


Ingredients

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Cake

  • 1 cup butter, cubed at room temperature 
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Butter Glaze

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F/165°C
  2. Grease a 10″ bundt pan with butter or shortening very liberally. Dust the pan with flour and set aside.
  3. Place all the cake ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low for 30 seconds and then increase the speed to medium and mix for 3 minutes.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 65-75 minutes until a toothpick entered into the center comes out clean.
  5. When the cake is done make the glaze. Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Do not bring to a boil.
  6. Poke holes all over the warm cake using a knife and pour the glaze evenly on the cake while still in the pan.
  7. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan and then invert the cake onto a serving plate.
  8. I actually like to make this cake a day in advance, finding it to be more moist and flavorful when it rests overnight.

Notes

Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 514
  • Sugar: 47.1 g
  • Sodium: 296.3 mg
  • Fat: 23 g
  • Carbohydrates: 71.4 g
  • Protein: 6.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 118.5 mg

Keywords: butter, sugar, cake, bundt cake, vanilla cake, pound cake

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941 comments on “Kentucky Butter Cake”

  1. Well first attempt at this cake husband and I both watching it bake in oven excited wondering why it’s bubbling and burning no worries I say it’s the butter suddenly horror struck I forgot the very basic ingredient flour!!! We both laughed all afternoon attempting cake again today wish my luck I need it

  2. This is a great recipe! From the first time I made this cake, it was a hit!! Every person that has a slice is forever hooked! For that reason, my daughter has changed its name to The Crack Cake! It is super easy to make and comes out perfect every time. The sweet crunchy bottom is everyone’s all time favorite part! It’s super moist flavorful.

  3. I just made this for the first time, and it’s fabulous! My audience adored it, and I could hardly believe how easy it was. Thank you for the tip on greasing the pan–it released perfectly.

  4. Any adjustments for high altitude. I haven’t read all the comments if the question was already addressed

  5. Timothy Horsley

    Great recipe and related write up. It turned out perfect the first time and my guests agree that it is a heightened version of traditional pound cake. I did cook mine longer than 70 minutes; however, despite extra-cooking time, it remained tender and delicious.

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