The Most Delicious Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe

This pound cake variation is a true winner, and I guarantee it will leave you craving for more. To add a touch of elegance, we will garnish the cake with juicy berries and a dollop of whipped cream.

What You Will Need:


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk

Butter Glaze

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Let’s start by preparing the pan for the Kentucky butter cake. Carefully grease it with butter or shortening, ensuring that every nook and cranny is well-coated.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set it aside for now.

  3. Now, let’s move on to the cake batter. In a stand mixer, combine the softened butter, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix on low speed for about 30 seconds to incorporate the ingredients.

  4. Increase the speed to medium and continue mixing for another 3 minutes until the batter becomes smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl occasionally to ensure everything is well combined.

  5. Gradually add the flour mixture and milk to the batter, alternating between the two. Begin and end with the flour mixture, mixing just enough to incorporate each addition. Be careful not to overmix.

  6. Once the batter is ready, pour it into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Allow it to rest for 65 to 75 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  7. While the cake is baking, let’s prepare the luscious butter glaze. In a saucepan, combine the butter, granulated sugar, water, and vanilla extract. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until the butter is melted and the sugar is fully dissolved. Set it aside for later.

  8. Once the cake is done, take it out of the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. To create that irresistible crispy topping, use a knife to carefully poke holes all around the cake while it’s still in the pan.

  9. While the cake is still warm, pour the butter glaze evenly over it, making sure to cover the entire surface. Marvel at the heavenly aroma that fills your kitchen!

  10. Allow the cake to cool completely in the pan. This will ensure that it absorbs all that delectable glaze, leaving you with a moist and flavorful treat. Patience is a virtue, but trust me, it’ll be worth the wait!

  11. Once cooled, gently remove the cake from the pan and transfer it to a serving plate. Feel free to garnish it with fresh berries and a dollop of whipped cream. Now, it’s ready! Gather your loved ones and savor every bite.

I find that making this cake a day in advance truly enhances its flavor and moistness. So if you can resist the temptation, prepare it ahead of time and enjoy the anticipation of indulgence.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:

  • Calories: 508
  • Fat: 23g
  • Carbs: 71g
  • Protein: 6g

Oh, the joy of experiencing the harmonious blend of flavors and textures in this Kentucky butter cake! It’s a delightful treat that will brighten up any occasion. Give it a try, and let the sweet aroma and heavenly taste transport you to dessert heaven.