Thursday, May 17, 2007

recipe is: butter cake

the best butter cake. yes, i don't mind tooting my own horn

i've been looking for a butter cake recipe and all those that i've tried doesn't seem to come out the way i want it, so i've experimented and tweaked around and came up with my own recipe.


180 gm butter, at room temperature

150 gm caster sugar

50 gm milk powder

140 gm all purpose flour

30 gm cornflour/cornstarch

1 tsp baking powder (to be sifted together with the dry ingredients)

another 1/2 tsp baking powder (to be beaten with egg white)

3 medium size eggs, separated

1 tsp vanilla essence

80 ml milk


preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius. grease a loaf cake tin with butter

sift the flour, cornflour, milk powder and the 1 tsp baking powder together in a big bowl

in a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar til creamy and fluffy, add in the egg yolks one at a time and mix to combine. add the vanilla essence and mix thoroughly. add the sifted dry ingredients and mix to combine thoroughly. add the milk and mix

whisk the egg white with 1/2 tsp of baking powder til soft peaks form. fold into the batter mixture and combine thoroughly

pour into loaf cake tin and bake for 45 minutes. turn the heat down to 170 degrees Celcius and bake a further 15 minutes til a toothpick poked in the middle of the cake comes out clean. cover loosely with foil if the top browns too much

take cake out of the oven and let cool completely in cake tin before slicing


the milk powder could be omitted if you do not want a cake that's too 'milky' in taste. if you do that, then reduce the butter amount to 160 gm.

when whisking the egg whites, use a metal bowl for best results. make sure that the bowl is clean, dry and oil-free.


Pulgarcita said...

Yumiieee!! Your cake looks fantastic!! I too have been looking for a good butter cake recipe, although my favourite is lemon flavoured with lemon glaze! I promise to try your recipe and let you know ;-)
I have discovered that if I put a little water in the oven tray while cooking the cake it comes our really, really moist! Try it next time!

Corey said...

ola pulcarcita,

thank you for the compliment. and your fav lemon flavoured glaze cake sounds awesome. i've a similar recipe somewhere in my recipe chest.

as for the bain marie style of baking with a tray of water in the oven, i do use that method with certain cakes to retain the moist texture.



Anonymous said...

Best recipe i've found =D Thanks.

TwoHands said...

Thanks Anonymous :)

Jyee said...

i tried your recipe today and it turned out great! except that the side of the cake is hardened. this was the first time i tried baking and it was fun! thanks for sharing the recipe

TwoHands said...

Hello Jyee,

thanks for visiting my recipe page and being brave enough to try out the butter cake :)

as for the sides being hardened, you could either try lining the side of the cake pan with baking paper or the bain marie style by putting the loaf tin in a bigger shallow pan with a bit of water.

Anonymous said...

I would love to try your recipe, but could you convert the measurements in US format (e.g., tablespoons, cups, etc.)?


Vinnie said...

I would love to try your butter cake recipe, but would like the measurements in US standard (e.g., sticks of butter, teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, etc.).


TwoHands said...

you can get online conversion tables at