Basic Butter Cake

5 reviews, 4 star(s). 100% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

A foolproof cake-from-scratch recipe from Sunset.


1 cup butter; softened
1 1/2 cups Sugar
3 large Eggs
3 large Egg yolks
1 tablespoon Vanilla
3 1/4 cups Cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 1/4 cups milk

Original recipe makes 12



Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In mixer bowl, on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until fluffy (4 to 5 minutes).

Add eggs, then yolks,one a time, beating well after each, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.

Beat in vanilla.

In another bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.

Mix in about a third of flour mixture into butter mixture.

Stir in half the milk, just until blended.

Stir in another third of flour mixture, then remaining milk and finally the rest of the flour mixture.

Spread batter equally into two the two cake pans.

Bake until wooden skewer or toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (25 to 30 minutes).

Cool on racks in pans for 10 minutes, then inverte cakes onto racks and remove pans.

Cool completely before forsting.

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The cake was good but a little too dense for my taste. If it was lighter and less dense it would be one of my favorites.
Stanlml 5y ago

Came out a little dry but worked well as the base of my Boston cream pie.
LinderBoo 5y ago

Quantone 5y ago

It took a lot longer in my oven than the recipe called for. It took 45 min in my oven at 350. Make sure the butter and sugar mixture is mixed until fluffy. This seems to be a key part of the recipe! Thanks many people enjoyed this recipe!
mflowers 6y ago

[I posted this recipe.]
dawnrw 7y ago

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