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  • Writer's pictureBobbi Jo Lathan

Kentucky Butter Cake

Updated: Dec 29, 2023

This dee-lish-us recipe of Kentucky Butter Cake is to be eaten, responsibly, with a small…or large…glass of Kentucky Wild Turkey or Four Roses bourbon…which may, by the way,  be the last non-GMO bourbons left on the planet.

Kentucky Butter Cake

Recipe by: Bobbi Jo Lathan

Recipe type: Dessert

Cuisine: Southern

Serves: 8-10


10 mins


1 hour


1 hour 10 mins



3 cups flour

2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup butter, softened

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

4 eggs, beaten

Butter Sauce:

¾ cup sugar

3 tablespoons water

⅓ cup butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. 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 three 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 a golden brown and look beautiful!

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

  6. Use a fork, or chop stick, to prick holes all over the top of the baked cake.

  7. Pour the sauce over the cake into the holes while it’s still in the Bundt pan.

  8. Let that cool.

  9. Remove the cake from the pan and sprinkle the top with some powdered sugar.


This fabulous cake should be enjoyed, responsibly, with a short (or large) glass of Kentucky’s Wild Turkey or Four Roses Bourbon.


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