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  • Writer's pictureBobbi Jo Lathan

Judd’s Southern Butter Cake

Updated: Dec 31, 2023

Butter cake

I also call this recipe  Judd’s Southern Butter Cake for a reason. My nephew, Judd,  had never been married and frankly we were beginning to git a little worried. However, he finally met a very nice gal named Joyce. The whole family really loved her. Now, when he told me he’d decided that he was going to cook her dinner and propose, I gave him the coveted family Southern Butter Cake recipe, along with some instructions.

“After dinner, give her a big piece of the Butter Cake along with a glass of champagne,” I explained. “Let her eat the first bite. Wait for the big smile on her face. Then, you get down on your knee fast and ask that girl to marry you! Wait for the resounding: “Yes!”  Then toast with the glass of champagne.”

And guess what?  Judd followed my instructions explicitly and he said everything went just like I said it would, well, almost. Instead of the “resounding: Yes,” it seems all he got was a resounding  NOD. It seems sweet little Joyce couldn’t stop eating the mesmerizing’  Southern Butter Cake!

So, if you’re lookin’ for a mate… believe me, this cake’ll git ’em for you! If not, use this recipe with caution and bake at your own risk. But most of all, enjoy!

Southern Butter Cake

Recipe by: Bobbi Jo Lathan

Recipe type: Dessert

Cuisine: Southern

Serves: 8


10 mins


65 mins


1 hour 15 mins



3 cups Flour

2 cups Sugar

1 teaspoon Baking powder

1⁄2 teaspoon Baking soda

1 cup Buttermilk

1 cup Butter or margarine (softened)

2 teaspoons Vanilla extract

4 Eggs (beaten)

Butter Sauce

3⁄4 cup Sugar

3 tablespoons Water

1⁄3 cup Butter

2 teaspoons Vanilla extract

Powdered Sugar



  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease and flour a 10-inch cake pan (Bundt, Springform, whatever you've got)

  2. In a big bowl, combine all the cake ingredients and beat for about 3 minutes at medium speed with your electric beater (or for a long time with a whisk), to get the lumps out.

  3. Pour your batter into the greased pan and stick it in the oven for 60 to 70 minutes - or ‘til you stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.

  4. The top of the cake will just be turning golden brown and beautiful!

Butter Sauce

  1. In a saucepan, combine all the sauce ingredients ‘til the butter melts. Don’t let it boil!

  2. Use a fork to prick holes all over the top of the baked cake.

  3. Now, pour the sauce over the cake into the holes. Let that cool.

To Serve

  1. Remove cake from the cake pan.

  2. Sprinkle on some powdered sugar and cut yourself a piece of heaven!

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