Best Ever Butter Cake {Never fail recipes}

June 17, 2013 · 36 comments

I have searched for a long time for a great butter cake recipe.  I’ve tried a lot of them over the past few years but usually find them dry or don’t particularly like the taste.  But this one took me by surprise.   It’s so easy and tastes fabulous – almost like an old-fashioned steamed pudding.  Easy because all you do it throw every ingredient into a bowl and mix.   The first time I made it I remember thinking that there is no way this could work – but it does!   And now it’s my favourite butter cake recipe –  completely perfect for birthday cakes.


3 cups of self-raising flour
1 cup of plain flour
2 cups of caster sugar
300g of cubed room temperature butter (needs to be room temp)
1 and a quarter cups of milk
6 eggs
3 tsp of vanilla essence.


Preheat oven to 140 degrees C.

Line and grease a large cake tin

Place the self-raising flour, plain flour, sugar, butter, milk, eggs and vanilla in a mixing bowl.


Using an electric beater mix on low for a few seconds until all ingredients begin to combine.

Increase beater speed and mix for a further 3-5 minutes until the butter is combined.

Poor into the prepared tin.

Bake for 2-2.5 hours or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.


This one was a special request for Miss Nine’s birthday. It’s covered in white chocolate cream cheese icing and was all kinds of yummy.



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**I first came across this recipe at but sadly cannot find the exact link any more.  Whoever you were who put it on there – I thank you!

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1 Patricia January 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm

I tasted this cake when i was on holiday in Australia at our relatives last December… it was just yumm and moist. Made sure that she emailed me the link. have saved it for a long time and planning to make it tomorrow for my sons Birthday in school. But plan to make cupcakes of this, As its easy on their hands. Will it work? Seems to be huge too, so i’m thinking of halving the quantities as well. How much time would i need to bake the cupcakes. And do we use salted or unsalted butter for this recipie.
Hoping to receive a sooner reply…as I need to bake them tomorrow πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Thanks!!


2 Vicki December 4, 2015 at 7:21 pm

Hi Caz,
Just wondering how tall the cake in the picture is? Have you made the recipe twice & sandwiched 2 cakes together or can I achieve this size cake with just the bake?
Many thanks,


3 raya July 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm

hi there and thanks for a great looking recipe!
i don’t really have enough to make it this big…so I’m wondering if you’ve experimented with halving this recipe and therefore how long i might need to cook it for…would hate it to go dry!!!
cheers to cake!


4 Caz Filmer July 23, 2015 at 3:15 pm

Hi Raya. I haven’t tried so can’t give you any qualified advice. I would just suggest checking the cake regularly and with a skewer and calling it done when it comes out without any cake mix on it. Maybe from 50 minutes onwards. Love to know how it goes if you do try it.
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5 sharon May 25, 2015 at 5:49 pm

Can i double or triple the recipe.
Planning for kids birthday next month.tx


6 Caz June 16, 2015 at 11:09 am

Hi Sharon, sorry for the late reply. I haven’t tired this – but I know you would need a HUGE bowl. It really makes a pretty big old cake. Give it a go and please let me know how it turns out.
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7 Creena April 27, 2015 at 9:55 pm

Hi Caz, Have been looking for suitable cake for friend’s 60th next week. Tried American chocolate pound cake – was SOOOO sweet and rose then promptly collapsed and lots of dirty bowls to wash afterward. This recipe sounds ideal but I have a giant cupcake shaped tin. I’m going to experiment and see if your so easy recipe works in that tin. If not, well, looks like I’ll be eating butter cake for morning smoko for a fair while! Creena


8 Caz June 16, 2015 at 11:10 am

How did you go? Sorry for the late reply. Wordpress doesn’t always notify me of comments on older post. It’s such a yummy recipes πŸ™‚
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9 Nicole April 10, 2015 at 4:50 pm

I made this cake for my sons birthday last year & absolutely everyone commented on how good it was. I didn’t print or save the recipe at the time & thought I’d regret it but I’m so glad I found it again for this year! Not only is it delicious & moist it’s unbelievably easy to make. Thanks!


10 Caz June 16, 2015 at 11:11 am

Thanks Nicole πŸ™‚ So glad I’m not alone in my devotion to this one. It’s simply the best butter cake around.
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11 Rhonda December 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Could you tell me the size of the cake tin you used for this please. How high do the sides need to be?


12 Caz December 16, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Hi Rhonda, the tin I used yesterday was 20cm in diameter and 8cm in height. I fill the tin 2/3 and it rises above the edge – which is good as you can cut the uneven bit off the top to make it look lovely and even or icing. For me this usually leaves a little bit extra mixture – which I pop into patty-pans in a muffin tray for cupcakes. Hope that helps. Caz.
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13 Jit June 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm

I tried this. Was sceptic but very surprised with the outcome. Very very moist, buttery and so yummy. Frosted it with buttercream. Thanks a lot.


14 Caz December 15, 2014 at 10:30 am

Thanks for the feedback Jit. It’s a cracker hey!!
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15 Kin May 29, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Hi Caz
This cake in is Easy Vanilla Butter Cake.


16 Caz December 15, 2014 at 10:32 am

Thank-you Kin. Appreciate that πŸ™‚
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17 Yasitha April 10, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Hello, Just came across this recipe and wanted to know how many pieces do you think I can cut out of the quantities that you have mentioned? what is the weight of the final cake? I am baking a cake for my dad and wanted to know how much I need to make for around 30 people. πŸ™‚ Thank you! πŸ™‚


18 annis October 5, 2013 at 4:08 am

i want to make this recipe now… will come back and tell you how it is.


19 Julia September 30, 2013 at 9:54 am

I love love love this recipe!! I will be making it again today for the fourth time in two months. It makes such a perfectly moist cake, and also is great for cupcakes. I’ve been accompanying with a lemon cream cheese frosting.


20 Caz December 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

So glad it’s worked for you too Julia. It’s one of my faves.
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21 Erica August 4, 2013 at 10:25 am

That is the hugest cake mix ever!! Delicious though.


22 Angela East June 24, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Ohhh looks so yummy! Buttery goodness πŸ˜‰
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23 Sonia Life Love Hiccups June 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Seriously Caz, as I am reading this it is pouring with rain and I am snuggled up on the couch catching up on my fave blogs and I am stuffing my face with a Woolies Butter Cake the hubby brought home yesterday. I was only thinking how good butter cake is and I should make it myself when Walah! I have bookmarked this recipe and I am so giving it a try. Thank you xx
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24 Zoe June 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

Looks great, Caz! I’ve pinned it for future reference! πŸ™‚
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25 Toushka Lee June 19, 2013 at 9:33 am

Now I want cake! With that exact icing.
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26 Caz June 21, 2013 at 4:25 pm

It’s the best icing Toushka – but oh so sweet!!
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27 Louise June 17, 2013 at 10:11 pm

YUM! Now I’m hungry, but it’s time for bed AND I just got back from the gym. No cake, no cake, no cake!


28 Caz June 18, 2013 at 8:52 pm

No cake for you πŸ™‚ Hehehe but good job on going to the gym – you probably actually deserve a piece!
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29 Kellie June 17, 2013 at 8:35 pm

I’ll be over, Caz. That looks delicious.
I’ve been having some good success with some of nan’s old recipes. I keep meaning to post them.
I like the ease of this one – which is what I need when small fingers like to help!
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30 Caz June 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Would love to see those recipes Kel πŸ™‚
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31 Vija June 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Looking delicious. Huge cake. Great for a family get together. Thanks for the recipe


32 Caz June 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Pleasure Vija – hope you love it as much as us πŸ™‚
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33 claireyhewitt June 17, 2013 at 10:55 am

Can I just pop over for morning tea and eat yours!

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34 Caz June 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Sure πŸ™‚ I’ll pop the kettle on.
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35 Dorothy June 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

Ooh, thanks for that. That’s a very long cooking time, but I’m sure it’s worth it. Will have to bookmark this one for future reference.
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36 Caz June 17, 2013 at 10:25 am

It is a long cooking time. It makes a pretty big cake. I found in my oven it took about 2 hours.
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