Glazed Butter Cake Recipe

While butter cake is a classic American dessert, it's based on the traditional English pound cake. Butter cake is a delicious but surprisingly light confection, especially when you consider the fact that butter is the prime ingredient. Recipe creator Jennine Rye adds a nice glaze that makes this an even better version of a plain butter cake. Or at least this recipe makes a version that's sweeter and more distinct, even if it does add a little extra cooking compared to a basic butter cake recipe.

"I think a special key ingredient in this recipe is the sour cream, because it creates such a soft, rich, and moist butter cake sponge," says Rye. "I also have to say though, that the glaze really elevates this recipe, as it further enhances the sweet buttery vanilla flavor that is already in the sponge." This butter cake is equal parts decadent and airy and complements nearly any meal.

Pick up the ingredients for your glazed butter cake

This is a cake so you'll want the usual ingredients. Start with granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. Pick up half a carton of eggs and a container of sour cream, which recipe creator Rye emphasizes as an ingredient that really ties together this recipe. While in the dairy section grab two sticks of butter. Round out your shopping trip with a container of vanilla extract and you're ready to bake.

Grease the bundt tin

Start off by preheating the oven to 350 F. While it heats up, pull out a Bundt pan and grease it all over with 1 teaspoon of the softened butter. If you don't have one, you'll definitely want this super versatile pan. Just make sure you get a Bundt pan, not a tube pan.

"The most important thing to remember when using a Bundt tin is to grease it really, really well," Rye explains. "You want a nice thick coating of butter to make sure that it slides out once cooked. If you've got that sorted then it's quite straightforward to make a Bundt cake.

Blend the wet mixture

Put another ⅔ of a cup of butter into a bowl or a stand mixer. Add a cup of granulated sugar and beat the butter and sugar on high for 3 to 4 minutes. Keep blending until the mixture is pale and fluffy.

Add the eggs to the sugar/butter mixture and beat this combination until the eggs are thoroughly blended into it. Once the eggs are mixed in, add the sour cream and a teaspoon of the vanilla extract. Then beat one more time until everything forms one homogeneous mixture. 

Mix the dry ingredients

Get out another bowl, a medium-sized one now. Throw in the flour, the baking powder, and the salt. Mix this well. 

"My preferred utensil for mixing dry ingredients is always a balloon whisk because I think they do a good job of distributing the ingredients evenly," Rye suggests. "A fork would do just as well though; the most important thing is that they are thoroughly mixed together." 

Finish your batter

Finally pour the dry ingredients into the wet mix and gently combine until the flour is just-combined with the wet ingredients.

Rye says she used the same mixing attachment on her stand mixer as she had been using before, on slow. "A wooden spoon or a spatula are also great utensils for mixing the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients," Rye adds.

You have now made your cake batter. Spoon it into the greased Bundt tin and level out the top with the back of a spoon or a knife so it's all smooth.

Make the glaze

The oven should be well pre-heated. Place your cake into the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the cake is golden. You can even touch it to make sure it springs back. While it bakes, start working on the glaze. Drop the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, ½ cup of sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 4 tablespoons of water. Let it simmer for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring regularly until the sugar has dissolved. Once dissolved, take it off the stove and let it cool.

Finish and serve your butter cake

Remove your finished Bundt cake from the oven."One way of checking whether the cake is ready to be turned out of a Bundt cake pan is to check whether the sponge has pulled away from the sides of the cake tin," Rye adds. "When it has done that, it should be ready to be turned out. Also, it's important to wait until it's not scalding straight from the oven, to prevent any burn accidents."

Let it sit for about 5 minutes to cool a little. Place a wire rack on top of a tray. Turn the cake over and drop it onto the wire rack. Finally you can pour the glaze over the cake and let it cool completely before serving by cutting it into 10 to 12 slices.

According to Rye, "The cake is ready to serve when it is properly cooled to room temperature and the glaze isn't runny."

Glazed Butter Cake Recipe
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If you're looking for a dessert staple to add to your home baking lineup, learn how to make this glazed butter cake recipe topped with a sweet glaze.
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Glazed butter cake recipe
Total time: 50 minutes
  • ⅔ cup + 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Using a pastry brush, thoroughly grease a bundt tin with 1 tablespoon of softened butter.
  2. Put ⅔ cup of softened butter into a bowl or stand mixer along with 1 cup of granulated sugar. Beat the butter and sugar together on high power for 3 to 4 minutes, until the mixture is pale and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs and beat the mixture once again until the eggs are thoroughly incorporated. Add the sour cream and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the mixture and beat once again until everything is combined.
  4. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt, and then add it to the rest of the cake batter
  5. Gently mix until the flour is just combined with the wet ingredients to make the batter. Spoon the cake batter into the prepared bundt tin and level out the top with the back of the spoon or a knife.
  6. Place the cake into the center of the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the cake is golden in color and springs back to the touch.
  7. Make the glaze by adding the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter, ½ cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 4 tablespoons of water to a small saucepan. Allow this to simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring regularly until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove this from the heat and allow it to cool.
  8. When the cake is ready, remove it from the oven and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack placed over a large tray.
  9. Pour the glaze over the cake and then leave it to cool completely before serving.
Calories per Serving 318
Total Fat 18.4 g
Saturated Fat 11.2 g
Trans Fat 0.6 g
Cholesterol 79.9 mg
Total Carbohydrates 36.5 g
Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
Total Sugars 27.7 g
Sodium 159.4 mg
Protein 2.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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