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Old Fashioned Butter Cake

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Old Fashioned Butter Cake is a classic cake recipe that you’ll pass down for generations! It’s moist, full of flavor and a recipe you’ll keep forever! No frosting is needed!

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You guys are seriously going to thank me for this recipe! I was honestly in a little in shock that I had forgotten about it and not shared it with you sooner. This recipe is from my Grandma and one of those secret gems that every time you eat it, you wonder why you don’t make this every time you need or want a cake! It legit melts in your mouth!

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Is it a guilt free dessert? Absolutely NOT! But, honestly, you won’t care the second you take your first bite! Do you see those strips of butter drip down the cake piece? It literally melts in your mouth!

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5 from 5 votes

Old Fashioned Homemade Butter Cake

A super moist a delicious buttery cake!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 532kcal



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs

Butter Sauce

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Cake Instructions:

  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Also, take your bundt pan and then grease and flour it.
  • In a large bowl, combine the try ingredients: 3 cups flour, 2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda. Mix all together until well combined!
  • Blend in the 1 cup + 2 tablespoons buttermilk, 1 cup of butter, 2 teaspoons of vanilla and 4 eggs. Beat together with a mixer for 2-3 minutes at a medium spoon. Pour into the bundt pan.
  • Bake for 60 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted into the cake and comes out clean. During the last 10 minutes of the cake baking, go ahead and put together the butter sauce (directions below). Immediately on removing the cake, prick holes into the cake and slowly pour the butter sauce all over the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan.
  • Immediately on removing the cake, prick holes into the cake and slowly pour the butter sauce all over the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely before removing it from the pan.

Butter Sauce Instructions

  • In a saucepan combine the remaining 3/4 cups sugar, 1/2 cup butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla, and the 3 tablespoons water. Cook over medium heat, until fully melted and combined, but do not boil.





Serving: 1piece | Calories: 532kcal | Carbohydrates: 71g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 118mg | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 820IU | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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You can finish the cake off with a little powdered sugar! I love using my Chef’s duster to apply it!

PS – I just ordered this Heritage Bundt pan and I can’t wait to use it! It’s sooo pretty!!

I can’t wait for you to try this! You will LOVE it!

This post was originally posted in March 2017 and has been updated!

Old Fashioned Butter Cake is a classic cake recipe that you'll pass down for generations! It's moist, full of flavor and a recipe you'll keep forever! No frosting is needed! From overthebigmoon.com!

Pam Dana

Pam is a stay at home working mama that enjoys all phases of life! Between her 3 kids, fur baby (a beyond cute Goldendoodle), wonderful husband, friends and working, she stays pretty busy! But, she is loving every aspect of her life! Here on Over the Big Moon, she loves to share DIY's, recipes, printables, organization tips and more!

Comments (10)

  • I followed recipe exactly and the cake overflowed in the oven and is completely sunken on one side. I now have no idea how it will do when i remove it from the pan. Very disappointed as thks is my mothers day lunch dessert! 😭

    • I am sooo sorry this happened. I wonder if your bundt pan was smaller than mine?? I have literally made this recipe 30 times (it’s my husbands favorite) and I’ve never had it overflow more than maybe a few drips down the outside of the pan. Either way I’m so sorry.

  • While I struggled to get the cake out of the pan and it kind of came out in chunks, no one cared because it is so delicious! To serve, I added some dulce de leche and microwaved briefly, then added vanilla ice cream and a bit of cherry pie filling. So yummy!

    • That sounds amazing and I’m so glad everyone loved it! I’m sorry it struggled coming out. I generously crisco or butter the sides and then add flour on top of that and I have had much better results! Hope that helps!

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