Basic Butter Cake – Simple pound cake with delicious buttery flavour

sponge cake
butter cake

This  wonderfully-buttery cake with an outer golden crust is the first cake that every aspiring cake-baker must get right.

We all know that in everything we do, the first step matters a lot.  If the first step goes exactly as planned, it will boost confidence, which in turn catapult us to be more adventurous.

First, master the art of making this simple but heavenly sponge cake as it gives a clear insight into all the baking techniques and you will be baking most glorious varieties of cakes in no time!

All the tips, secrets and techniques are given here, nothing can go wrong. So, whip it this cake out and serve around with love!

You will need the following items:

Self Raising flour250 g
Margarine or melted butter under room temperature250 g
Caster sugar250 g
Eggs under room temp4
Milk1/4 cup
Lemon juice and Vanilla essence1  tsp each
Salt2 pinches
Baking powder1 tsp

Let’s make it: Set the oven to 180C .

Oven temperature conversion chart:

Cream it

  • Cream butter and sugar together until creamy,  using an electric hand mixer.  Go clockwise.  (Time: 5 mins)
  • Add eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat after each addition
  • (Time:  Beat 15 seconds after each egg)
  • Add vanilla essence,  lemon juice, salt and finally, cream all together (Time: 1 min) 
  • Mix baking powder to flour and sieve onto the cake batter, holding the sieve well above it, allowing the air to escape.
  •  Fold the flour gently with a wooden spoon until everything turns into a creamy batter. Do not use the electric mixer at this point.
  • Add milk and mix well.

Tray it

  • Line up a baking tray with parchment paper and spoon the batter into the baking tray and flatten with a spatula.
  • Lift up the tray and drop it twice onto your kitchen-top gently, allowing the batter to spread and settle evenly on the try.

Oven it

  • Pop it in the oven.
  • Bake for 20 mins or the top turns golden yellow (Never open the oven door in the first 10 mins)

Check it

  • After 20 mins, insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes clean,  your cake is ready.
  • Take it out from the oven and let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Slowly remove from the tray and place it on a cooling rack.

Taste it

  • Dip a knife in hot water, wipe clean and cut the cake into dainty squares
  • Enjoy the lovely spongy texture wrapped with the buttery sweetness

Other easy delicious cakes using the similar batter :

Vanilla cupcakes

Chocolate cupcakes

Chocolate Cake with creamy chocolate butter icing

chocolate butter icing
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2 thoughts on “Basic Butter Cake – Simple pound cake with delicious buttery flavour

  1. I personally was interested on going through with baking sessions as Thisu wanted to try them out.Its amazing to see the way it has been presented as its easy to follow, well Done Mano

    1. Thanks in heaps Akki. Thisu can learn proper baking from scratch. Ask her to follow the tips/techniques under baking. Simple butter cake is must be the first to try. If it comes nice and spongy, then all doors to baking are open for her!! Good luck!!
      much love

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