Kentucky Butter Cake in a Bundt Pan. Light & fluffy, super moist. Packed with buttery flavor. Topped with a buttery glaze.
Sometimes I’m just in the mood for a cake without frosting…for times like those this cake is perfect! This cake recipe is a one bowl recipe, you just dump all the ingredients for the cake into a bowl & mix it up with an electric mixer. Then pour it in the pan & bake it!
I love the rich buttery glaze that you pour on top of the cake…which then ends up being on the bottom of the cake when you flip it over out of the pan.
I think this cake has the perfect ratio of butter & sweetness.
*Tips* I heavily coated my bundt pan with vegetable oil, pouring the oil into the pan then using a paper towel to make sure every area got coated. Then I lightly coated the inside with flour, shaking out the excess flour over the sink. If you have a mini (6 cup) bundt pan & would like to make half a recipe reduce baking time to 35-40 minutes. Let cake cool completely in pan with glaze on top. I used my mesh strainer to dust the cake with powdered sugar. Also if you don’t have buttermilk on hand, regular milk will work just fine.
- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt (optional, I didn't add any since I used salted butter)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup buttermilk (or regular milk)
- ⅓ cup salted butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 12 cup bundt pan & lightly flour.
- Combine all cake ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Mix with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then increase speed & mix for 2-3 minutes.
- Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes on clean. Top will be golden brown. Let cake set in pan.
- Prepare Glaze by heating ingredients on the stove top in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat until butter is melted.
- Poke holes using a butter knife into the top of warm cake. Pour glaze over top of cake.
- Let glaze set. Once cake is cool flip it over onto a plate. Serve.
Recipe adapted slightly from allrecipes.com
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Megan - The Emotional Baker says
This cake is so gorgeous! I don’t have the best track record with bundt cakes (unless they’re supposed to have the tops ripped off ;) ) but I should definitely keep trying cause this looks so delicious :) & it’s nice to have a frosting break every now and then!
Thanks Megan! Yes, I run into the same probably sometimes where the top sticks to the inside of the bundt pan, especially with chocolate cakes for some reason, thankfully this cake came out in one piece. :) I think I’m going to try making this recipe into cupcakes next…
When the glaze forms on the bottom, that’s really the best part ever. I can’t resist eating it all. Why even bother with frosting? This is beautiful!
Thanks Mir! I am a big fan of the buttery glaze too!
Stephanie | The Foodie and The Fix says
I love a good bundt cake, plus I’m in Kentucky, so…. clearly I need to make this, stat!
Oh me too, I don’t make bundt cakes nearly enough. That is awesome that you live in Kentucky, this cake is so suiting for you to make! :) I know a lot of people like to bake this cake for KY Derby parties.
Kate @ Framed Cooks says
OH MY GOSH THAT GLAZE! This is going on my must-make list stat.
I know, the buttery glaze is so delicious! It’s my favorite part of the cake!
Puja Darshan says
I am always in love with Homemade cake.
Its Yummmm !!!
I love homemade cakes too, I don’t make them often so it’s always a treat! :)
demeter | beaming baker says
Katie, this Kentucky Butter Cake is gorgeous! And you are just killing my with these pics. I love how moist the cake looks. I wouldn’t mind having a slice of this right now. :)
Thanks Demeter! This cake really is super moist like it looks.
Mary Ann @ thebeachhousekitchen says
I love bundt cakes Katie! This looks so moist and delicious! And that glaze!! Yum!
I don’t know what it is about bundt cakes but I love to make them! Thanks Mary Ann!
Kim | Low Carb Maven says
Oh my, oh my, oh my! This sounds so amazing. And those photos! I love that the glaze is poured over the cake in the pan. Mmmm. I’m going to make this for my husband!
Thanks Kim! This cake is one of my favorites!
Add some good Kentucky Bourbon to the glaze, instead of water. You will not be disappointed.
Hi Joe, Thanks for the tip, I will give it a try!