Old Fashioned Butter Cake Recipe

Old Fashioned Butter Cake Recipe | {i love} my disorganized life

 This Old Fashioned Butter Cake Recipe is moist and delicious, the epitome of buttery goodness!

I haven’t been baking much lately, but since the kids are back in school, I figured they needed a little sweetness in their lives to balance out all that homework.

This cake is one word. Amazing. One taste of the batter and I knew it was going to be sinfully delicious. You know those recipes, you take one bite and you can’t stop saying “Ooh”, “Ahh” and “Oh.My.God.”? Ya, this is one of those recipes.

Old Fashioned Butter Cake Recipe | {i love} my disorganized life

OK, I know it doesn’t look like much at first glance, but one taste and this old fashioned butter cake recipe will bring you to your knees. It really is that good. I honestly don’t say that about many recipes, so you know it’s got to be incredible.

Serve this on a lazy Sunday with a cup of your favorite coffee or tea, and you’ve got the perfect afternoon.

Old Fashioned Butter Cake Recipe


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Old Fashioned Butter Cake Recipe
This Old Fashioned Butter Cake Recipe is moist and delicious, the epitome of buttery goodness!
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 3 Cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 Cup buttermilk or sour milk*
  • 1 Cup butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
Butter Sauce
  • ¾ Cup sugar
  • ⅓ Cup butter
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  2. Grease and flour a Bundt pan
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl
  4. Blend at low speed until moist
  5. Blend at medium speed for 3 minutes
  6. Pour into prepared pan
  7. Bake 60-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean
Butter Sauce
  1. In a small sauce pan, combine sugar, butter, and water: heat until butter is melted
  2. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla
  3. With cake still in the pan, poke deep holes on surface of cake with fork, using a 1-inch spacing
  4. Carefully pour ¾ Cup butter sauce onto hot cake, making sure sauce goes into all the holes
  5. Let cool for 5 minutes; turn cake over onto a serving plate and brush top of cake with remaining butter sauce
*To sour milk, combine 1 Tbsp white vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to make 1 Cup


  1. Allison Sprague says

    I can’t wait to get cooking for fall for my hubby.My neighbors will get leftovers since it is just the 2 of us.Thank you for sharing! I use to cook for 9 or more it is hard to make small amounts.My freezer gets full lol.hug!

    • Rachel says

      Oh my goodness, and I thought 7 was a lot to cook for! Your neighbors will love you for sharing this cake, if you can bare to let it go, that is! 😉 Thanks for visiting my site!

      • angela says

        try cooking for 12 to 15 all the time then just a few eat leftovers for days

    • Rachel says

      LOL- I would have to agree! Thanks!

  2. Maureen Hall says

    Am a vegetarian,and I really want to bake it. Because This looks amazing! But can I leave the eggs out??

    • Rachel says

      I’ve never tried it without the eggs, so I’m not sure. I think it would work, but just make the cake fairly dense. It doesn’t hurt to try. If you do, I’d love to know how it turns out!

  3. Caitlin Scott says

    This looks so good! Who doesn’t like butter? 🙂

    • Rachel says

      The name suits it, right? Not for the weak hearted lol

  4. Denise says

    Never had Old Fashioned Butter Cake will give it a try.

  5. Debbie Caraballo says

    I adore this recipe – have always loved to make big, moist, from scratch cakes. My dad loved them! Thanks for a great recipe–pinned!

    • Rachel says

      Enjoy, and thanks for pinning!

  6. Doris Styles says

    This is calling my name!! 🙂

  7. Linda Meranda says

    New fan, catchy title of your blog so describes me. Recipe sounds yummy. Going to try. Thanks also for the giveaway. Blessings

    • Rachel says

      Thank you for your sweet words, Linda!

  8. Jody Arbogast says

    Thank you so , i love to make Old fashion Butter Cake. My.mom always made them when i was younger. I never knew her recipe. Thank you again for the recipe.

  9. Stephanie Grant says

    My husband and dad are all about old fashioned cooking so I have a feeling they would love this cake so I’m planning on making it as a surprise after dinner treat one day this week 🙂

    • Rachel says

      Fun! Let me know how it turns out!

  10. says

    Definitely will try this recipe, I I love to Bake pound Cakes.I ;m always looking for some thing different.

  11. Tori says

    Have made this cake twice. It was a huge hit both times! Definitely a keeper thanks for the recipe!

    • Rachel says

      So glad you liked it Tori! It’s so addicting!

  12. Kim says

    Hi. This recipe looks divine and I would love to try it! Just a question – I note that this is a rather large cake. I presume you used a 12 cup bundt pan? Would it be possible for me to halve the recipe and to use a smaller bundt pan? Its just me and my hubby at home and hence I don’t need a huge cake. Many thanks. Kim

    • Rachel says

      Hi Kim- first of all, thanks for stopping by! Rather than using one pan, bake the cake in two smaller pans {I’m thinking bread pans?}. Then you’ll have one to keep and one to give away. Bake at the same temp, but you may need to adjust the time. Check the cake 1/2 -1/3 of the way through so as to not over bake. Let me know how it turns out!

  13. naz says

    I can’t seem to see the recipe when I click on the “continue to recipe” area….the next page comes up blank for me regardless of which of my three browsers I use….Would you be able to help? this cake looks delicious and I’d love to try it.

    • Rachel says

      My apologies Naz- I’m not sure what happened there, but it is fixed now, so the recipe should come up for you. Thank you so much for letting me know! I do hope you enjoy the cake- it is so rich and buttery!

  14. Kim Taylor says

    Is there a difference in the taste of the cake when using sour milk versus buttermilk? Does one taste better than the other?

    • Rachel says

      Hi Kim, the difference in flavor would be noticeable, since they are so similar. Either way, you’re going to get a delicious cake!

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