Thursday, January 13, 2011

Butter Cake.. Your go-to simple cake!!

butter cake with strawberries

Another cake with strawberries!! Sorry, but I just love the color. This cake doesn't really include them, I just made a quick sauce to serve alongside the cake. This is a really nice, simple tasting cake that lends itself very well to be served with various sauces etc, but one that I love eating as is too. It's really delicious, buttery and soft!!

I'm actually having a jaw re-alignment surgery tomorrow, this post is coming to you straight from the hospital :) In the midst of preparing to go, with all the doctor visits, blood tests, and eating at all my favorite places because it's going to be quite a while till I heal enough to do so post-surgery, I was craving some simple cake. And this is the one I always turn to, it's like my comfort food when I don't want to experiment, all tried and trusted <3

Butter Cake
Adapted from Aunty Yochana
This recipe was originally given in weights, and though I've measured and given the converted amounts, using a scale and weighing would always be better.

250 g [2 sticks + 2 tbsp] butter
200 g [1 cup] sugar, divided use
1 tsp vanilla essence / half a vanilla bean
4 egg yolks
1 tbsp evaporated milk - can use regular too
200 g [1 1/2 cups] cake flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 egg whites

Instructions - 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F [180 C]. Grease and line a 8 inch round pan or a large loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and 100 g of the sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the vanilla essence and the yolks one at a time, beating well between each addition. Beat in the milk.
  3. In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add this into the butter mixture, beating only just till incorporated.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites and the remaining 100 g sugar until soft peaks form. Beat in 1/3rd of the whites into the mixtures, and then fold in the rest gently.
  5. Bake for about 40-45 mins, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean, and the top feels springy to the touch.


  1. Avanika, Good luck with your surgery! I hope you have a speedy recovery without too much time away from food...and blogging. ♥

    This butter cake looks wonderfully moist and delicious. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  2. This looks so wonderfully luscious. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  3. I hope everything went well and you have a speedy recovery.

    Yes, that is a pretty cake.

  4. What a lovely classic cake! Best of luck with the surgery and I am wishing you a speedy recovery too! :D

  5. Wow, blogging from the hospital - that's dedication! Hope your recovery goes well :)

    The cake sounds terrific, I love a simple butter cake.

  6. Valerie - Thanks! I'm back home, but can't eat anything that's not mashed! :(

    Tracy - Thank you!! The cake really is luscious!

    Sweet and Savory - Thanks. It did <3

    Lorraine - They're classic for a reason, aren't they?

    Tracey - Haha, I was bored, and the surgery wasn't until the next day! I'm not that dedicated, trust me!

  7. Oh wow I'm glad to read in your subsequent comments that you're back home and doing alright. I hope you're able to eat real food soon. The cake looks fantastic :).

  8. Glad to read that you are home! What you need is a rich chocolate pudding to help with you recovery.

    Love reading your blog!

    Boston, MA USA

  9. I hope you have recovered well from your surgery, Avanika. Hopefully someone will bake you this wonderfully delicious looking butter cake to ease your pain. Best wishes to you for a smooth recovery!

  10. Looks marvelous! Anything with the word butter in it gets my vote! :)

  11. Wow! You're truly dedicated!

    The cake looks delicious. Quick question: does it really change the consistency of the cake to use 4 yolks vs. 5 egg whites?

  12. You are mighty dedicated to blog from the hospital! Do take care and I wish you a speedy recovery!
    I love how the cake has the sauce oozing all over looks amazing!

  13. Your surgery will be over by the time you read this. I hope it went well and that you are comfortably at home and able to eat real food again. Your cake looks wonderful. I'm new to your blog and have spent much time browsing through your earlier posts. I love the food and recipes you feature here. I'll be back often. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  14. Oh my, you certainly do deserve some cake! Hope your surgery went well and that you have a speedy recovery.

    The cake looks fantastic and I agree that strawberries are a perfect match.

  15. I'm late getting to the buttery cake party, but it looks great! Hope you've recovered from your surgery and are eating well. ;)

  16. Xiaolu - Unfortunately, not yet! No real food till god knows when :(

    Sbuckley - That sonds perfect. I actually had a lot of pudding and things, made by my mom though, I wasn't in a condition to get up and make it myself!

    Georgia - I'm still recovering, but doing pretty good, thanks! <3

    Amanda - Haha that's what made me choose the recipe in the first place!

    Jackie - No eggs vary in size anyway, so it should be ok. As I mentioned, follow the weight measurements if you can, I just converted them, and that's how it came out. I personally use 5 of both, since eggs here are on the smaller side.

    Cakebrain - Thanks so much!! It really is :)

    Mary - Aww. Glad you liked it. Looking forward to seeing you about.

    Jacque - Oh yes, strawberries are perfect with anything!

    Katrina - Not yet, it shall take quite a bit of time :(

    Jessica - It sure does :) Though the cakes you make totally make me envious ;)


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