Kentucky Butter Bundt Cake

Kentucky Butter Bundt Cake

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
508 Calories
22g Fat
71g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 508
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 495mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 47g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 96mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This rich Kentucky butter cake is incredibly delicious. The butter soaks into the cake, forming an amazingly moist and buttery layer. It really doesn't need icing, but I sifted some powdered sugar over the top after I unmolded it.

Another thing to love about this cake—the batter ingredients are poured into the mixing bowl and beat together all at once. No need to cream the butter and sugar, add the dry ingredients alternating with the milk, etc.. And the butter-sugar sauce is a snap to prepare. It just involves heating until the butter has melted.

Bake this cake for a special event or party, or take it along to a potluck dinner—everyone will thank you. Oh, and take a few copies of the recipe to share.


For the Bundt Cake

  • 3 cups (or 13 1/2 ounces) all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup buttermilk (or sour milk)

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

  • 4 large eggs

For the Glaze

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup butter

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the cake ingredients.

    Kentucky Butter Bundt Cake ingredients

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  2. Pre heat the oven to 325 F (165 C/Gas 3). Generously grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan or 10-inch tube pan. Make sure you get all the nooks and crannies of the Bundt cake pan.

    grease and flour a Bundt pan

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  3. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the flour, 2 cups of sugar, salt, baking powder and soda, the buttermilk, 1 cup of butter, 2 teaspoons of vanilla, and the eggs; beat on low speed until moistened. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for about 3 minutes longer.

    combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and soda, buttermilk, butter, vanilla, and eggs in a bowl

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  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pan and spread evenly.

    bundt cake batter in the bundt cake pan

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  5. Bake the cake in the preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

    baked bundt cake in the bundt pan

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  6. Meanwhile, gather the glaze ingredients.

    glaze ingredients

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  7. In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the 3/4 cup of sugar, 1/3 cup of butter, 3 tablespoons of water, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla; cook, stirring, just until butter melts. Do not bring the mixture to a boil.

    Melting butter, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan

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  8. Remove the cake to a rack and (while it is still in the pan) pierce it all over with a fork or skewer.

    Piercing small holes in the Kentucky Bundt cake

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  9. Pour the hot butter glaze over the warm cake.

    pour glaze onto the bundt cake

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  10. Let the cake stand 5 to 10 minutes, or until glaze is absorbed. 

    Kentucky Butter Bundt Cake in a bundt cake pan

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  11. Then carefully turn it out onto a cake plate and sprinkle with some confectioners' sugar, if you'd like.

    Kentucky Butter Bundt Cake

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  • Bake this cake in a Bundt cake pan and use a skewer instead of a fork to make the holes so the butter and sugar mixture would penetrate down into the cake. 
  • If you're looking for a little extra flavor, you could also drizzle a simple vanilla glaze over the cake.

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