Thursday, October 27, 2016

Butter Cake

This Butter Cake is like a "little black dress."  Simple and luscious on it's own, but dressed up--even better.  That's the first thing that came to mind when I baked this last night. Admittedly, this cake will remind you of a pound cake, but with a delicate crumb instead of the denseness its relative has.  Two simple reasons...replacing the granulated sugar with confectioners' sugar (icing sugar) and cake flour instead of all-purpose flour does the trick.

Since it's been another hectic month; I just got home from watching my granddaughters, I wanted to share this recipe in case you find a need for a dessert that you can call your own with "accessories."  I added a scoop of Pumpkin Pie Gelato, but cooked apples, cranberries, or pears would have been a lovely addition as well.

Butter Cake
1 lb. (4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 lb. (3 1/2) cups confectioners' sugar
6 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350F-degrees.  Grease and flour a tube cake pan.
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter thoroughly.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.  Add the confectioners' sugar and mix on low until combined (you might have to wrap a dish towel around the bowl so it doesn't come out!)  Once combined, mix on medium for 1 minute, then scrape down the sides again.  Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition and after the addition of two eggs, scrape down the sides of the bowl.  When all the eggs have been added and sides scraped down, add the vanilla.  Finally, add the flour and salt and mix on low to combine, then medium for 1 minute.
Spoon batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
Bake in the preheated oven 55 to 60 minutes.  Test with a wooden skewer in the center of the cake.  Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes before turning out on a parchment lined baking sheet, then place your serving dish on the bottom and flip the cake over to have the top of the cake showing.
Gelato was a nice accompaniment after a light dinner of soup.  Enjoy!

19 comments:

  1. Oh darling.....Susan! You have made my tummy growl already! Love your description of "the little black dress!" Big hugs!

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  2. Such a lovely cake! I love the tender and smooth crumb, Susan.

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    1. Thank you--it's really a good cake!

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  3. Mmmmmmm, sounds delish, Susan. Thanks for your visits! Susan

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    1. Always love stopping by and seeing what you're up to:-D

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  4. Dress it up or serve it simply...a delicious sounding cake!

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    1. Really a good cake and easy to make.

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  5. This looks the most perfect cake to take with a cup of tea.
    Thank you for my beautiful apron from last month's giveaway. It is perfect and I am looking forward very much to wearing it when I'm baking. ~~~Deborah

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    1. So happy it arrived safe and sound--enjoy your apron with all the holiday baking coming up:-D

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  6. I've never had butter cake before. Looks delicious!

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  7. A basic butter cake is one of the best in the world!!

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  8. Looks scrumptious!
    Funny that it made me think of a recipe that was a favorite! It was for a pound cake. I came across the recipe in one of my many cookbooks and made it many times. Somewhere along the line, I forgot which cookbook it was in. I have searched through many of them looking for that darn recipe to no avail! It was one that took less ingredients than the typical 'pound' recipe, so I guess not a true pound cake at all. Sure wish I could locate that recipe! In the meantime maybe I'll try your Butter Cake recipe!

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    1. Very close to a Pound Cake, except there isn't a pound of flour and you substitute the confectioners' sugar and cake flour for the usual ingredients. I know you'll love it!

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  9. Wow, Susan another yummy recipe from your kitchen. I will copy it and add it to my list of "Susan's Recipes." xoxo ♥

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    1. Really the perfect cake to "dress up!"

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  10. This is my kind of cake. thanks for sharing
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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