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Kentucky Butter Cake

Kentucky Butter Cake is an insanely moist pound cake with a sweet, buttery sauce that soaks through the cake. This cake tastes even better the next day!

Kentucky Butter Cake

Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe

This Kentucky Butter Cake isn’t overly sweet and has plenty of butter flavor. It is the perfect cake to snack on while sipping a cup of coffee or tea. This is a typical pound cake type recipe with a dense texture, but not too dense. It’s easy to make from ingredients you likely have on hand.

All the ingredients get mixed together using a stand mixer, then the batter is poured into a Bundt pan and baked for about an hour.

While it’s still warm, you poke holes in the cake and let a delicious butter sauce seep down into the cake. The outside gets a little buttery and crispy and the inside is so buttery and moist.

Kentucky Butter Cake is a pound cake type cake that is so moist and delicious

What readers are saying!

Perfect! Made it for a country fair culinary contest and won not only first prize, but grand champion..

Kentucky Butter Cake- an old southern favorite

How To Store

This cake can be stored at room temperature for 4 to 5 days. Kentucky Butter Cake freezes really well. Just wrap it well in plastic wrap and then in foil.

Kentucky Butter Cake with a sweet buttery glaze

You’ll like this cake so much, you’ll be making an excuse to eat it first thing in the morning for breakfast. And it probably doesn’t need to be said, but this cake makes a wonderful dessert for a Kentucky Derby Party.

If you are a fan of bourbon, check out this Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake. It’s another amazing butter cake recipe.

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Kentucky Butter Cake recipe
Watch the short video below to see how easy this cake is to make!

Kentucky Butter Cake

Kentucky Butter Cake

Kentucky Butter Cake is an insanely moist pound cake with a sweet, buttery sauce that soaks through the cake. This cake tastes even better the next day!
PREP: 15 minutes
COOK: 1 hour
TOTAL: 1 hour 15 minutes


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Butter Sauce

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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour a Bundt pan or use baking spray with flour.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  • Using an electric stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar for about 5 minutes.
  • Mix in eggs one at a time.
  • Add the vanilla to the buttermilk.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture., alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Pour batter into Bundt pan and bake for 60 minutes.
  • Make butter sauce when you are getting ready to take cake out of the oven. Bring sugar, water, and butter to a low boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • After cake is removed from oven, poke holes in the top and pour the butter mixture down into holes. Let cake cool for about 10 minutes and then remove from pan. Don’t let it cool much longer before removing from pan or it will stick. 


Chop sticks or a wooden skewer is perfect for poking the holes.
Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used. Not to be used for specific dietary needs.


Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 38g | Vitamin A: 624IU | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: bundt cake, Kentucky Derby

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Recipe Source: AllRecipes.com

Originally posted February 26, 2018.

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89 thoughts on “Kentucky Butter Cake”

  1. This was the very first recipe I learned to make when I was 9 out of an old pillsbury cookbook. This recipe has a few modifications in the instructions, which I do appreciate. I think it makes the cake turn out a little better. But this is an old recipe that has been around forever. This has been my go to since I was young and its always a hit. Glad too see everyone else enjoys it too!

  2. My 14 yr old son doesn’t eat cake or cupcakes. Weird, I know. But the first time I made this, the house smelled so amazing that he wanted to try a “tiny” piece. Well needless to say, he had more after that. Now every time I make it he has a huge piece. He even made one himself with my assistance. I have made this cake about 10 times. It never disappoints. I have a coworker who has asked me to bake one twice already. Great recipe.

  3. Shannon Willis

    I was feeling the season last year and thought I’d try something a little different. Just before pouring into the pan, I added 1 cup of FRESH UNCOOKED cranberries. OH.MY.GOSH!!!! I named it “Twisted Iowa Butter Cake”. Try it, you will NOT be sorry!!

  4. Jeanie Maddox

    I make this cake
    But what I do is take different fruits and mix a quarter cup sugar, some lime juice over fruit. Refrigerate it to pull juice from fruit. Then slice cake and put fruit on it. I call it fruit salsa. Delicious!!

  5. I have made this cake several times, each n every time i make it, it instantly disappears. Nothing but rave reviews.
    Thank you so much for this scrumptious recipe!
    This will always be my go to recipe for a Kentucky Butter cake😍😍

  6. Great flavor and easy to make. But a shame you have way too much “SEO” and popup ads. It really turned me from being willing to try others or recommend the site. I dont mind affiliate adverts. But this Way to many bells and whistles interrupting the visit and read. But a great bake

  7. Linda Thorpe

    My Son Served An LDS Mission In Georgia and I Made This Cake When He Came Home and He Loves It So Much That I Am Constantly Making It!!!!! We All Love It!

    1. If you have regular milk, you can make your own buttermilk with 1 cup of regular milk and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar stirred in. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes and you have buttermilk.

  8. Too much going on on this page!!!! Keeps shutting down. Very frustrating, especially in the middle of trying to bake this cake!!!!

  9. Very good flavor, but much too sweet! Especially when the sauce is added, I found it sweet enough to give me a cavity. Next time, I would cut the sugar in the batter and reduce the amount of glaze. Otherwise, amazing with a little bit of unsweetened whipped cream.

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