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Moist Kentucky Butter Cake

This moist and delicious Kentucky Butter Cake is a favorite Southern dessert. The bundt cake is infused with a sweet butter and vanilla sauce while it's still warm. It's perfect on its own or served with ice cream or fresh fruit. The best part? It's even better on the 2nd day!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cake
Servings: 12 People
Author: Kalee Dillard


For the cake

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Powdered sugar for garnish optional

For the butter sauce

  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons water


  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan.
  • Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, cream 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of butter together until completely combined.
  • Add the buttermilk, vanilla, and eggs and continue to mix for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and beat for 3 minutes.
    Mix the Ingredients Together
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan.
  • Bake for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • While the cake is baking, begin making the butter sauce.
  • In a small saucepan, combine the remaining ¾ cup of sugar, ⅓ cup of butter, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and 3 tablespoons of water.
  • Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes until fully melted. Do not allow it to boil.
  • Once the cake is baked, use a long-tined fork or wooden skewer to poke holes in the cake.
  • Drizzle the sauce over the cake and allow it to be absorbed into the cake.
    Glazed Kentucky Butter Cake
  • Let the it completely cool in the pan.
  • Transfer it to a serving platter and sprinkle with powdered sugar before slicing.
    Slices of Delicious Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe


You'll want to grease and flour your bundt pan to make sure it comes out easily.
We like to top our cake with powdered sugar, but you can also serve it with a scoop of vanilla or strawberry ice cream, fresh fruit or whipped cream.