Basic Butter Cake | Reader's Digest

Basic Butter Cake

Start with this simple recipe to create a mouthwatering dessert.

from Cakes: 1,001 Classic Recipes From Around the World

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  • prep 15 min    cook 45 min

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup milk

    How to make it  60 minutes


  • 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan. Line with waxed paper. Butter the paper. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl.

  • 2

    Beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, until just blended after each addition. With mixer at low speed, gradually beat in the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan.

  • 3

    Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a rack. Carefully remove the waxed paper and let cool completely. Yield: 9-inch cake.