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Kentucky Butter Cake

Kentucky Butter Cake

This unique Kentucky Butter Cake is tender, moist and deliciously unique. The cake is soaked with a wonderful Butter Sauce then topped in an amazing Butter Glaze.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Kentucky Butter Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12 People
Calories 593kcal
Author Kathleen


  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Buttermilk Well Shaken
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Butter Sauce

  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 3 Tablespoons Water
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Butter Glaze

  • 1 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar Sifted
  • 1/4 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Tablespoon Milk


  • Place oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 1o cup Bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl of a stand-up mixer, beat butter at medium speed until fluffy. Gradually add 2 cups of sugar and continue to beat on medium for 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Reduce speed to low and flour mixture and buttermilk alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour and mixing until just incorporated. Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven 50-60 minutes, or until a cake tester or bamboo stick comes out with just a few moist crumbs.
  • Meanwhile, make the Butter Sauce: In a small saucepan combine 3/4 cup sugar, 1/3 cup butter, water, and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until butter is completely melted. Do not allow mixture to come to a boil.
  • When cake comes out of the oven, prick surface with a bamboo stick or chopstick, make 30ish holes. Slowly, spoon Butter Sauce over cake. Allow cake to cool completely in the pan before removing.
  • When cake is completely cooled, make the glaze; Place powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Set aside. Melt butter in microwave then pour over powdered sugar, add 2 Tablespoons of milk and whisk until smooth. Thin glaze as needed with milk. Pour over cake and let sit out until glaze is set.


Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 59g | Vitamin A: 860IU | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 1.7mg