Old-fashioned butter cake

Old-fashioned butter cake is a classic dessert that’s rich, moist, and utterly delicious. Here’s a traditional recipe to make this delightful treat:


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan or two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, using an electric mixer on medium speed. This usually takes about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the flour mixture, mixing until just combined after each addition. Be careful not to overmix.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan(s) and spread it evenly.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes for a 9×13-inch pan or 20-25 minutes for round cake pans, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan(s) for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer the cake(s) to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Once cooled, you can frost the cake with your favorite frosting, dust it with powdered sugar, or serve it plain.
  10. Slice and serve the old-fashioned butter cake, and enjoy the nostalgic flavors of this classic dessert!

Feel free to customize your butter cake with frosting, fruit compote, or whipped cream, according to your preference.

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