25 November 2011

Butter Cake

It's so much 'utterly butterly delicious'. That says it. The butter cake was so soft and moist. I have had store bought ones many times before I started baking. Home made ones are surely the winner. My kids were like 'give me more'. :) That says it all. Kids are one of the best (and most tough) judges for your cooking. The smell of butter cake was wafting all over my house. Aah..it was too good.

It just reminded me of the simple cake that mom used to make. I loved baking cakes from the age of 10. Yes, my first baking expedition was then. My best friend's mom bakes such yummy cakes and I thought why not give it a try. It was an utter failure then. LOL..I still remember melting loads of chocolate to make that yummy chocolate cake. Now you know why you see me baking often.

 Looks like the festive season is already here. Enjoy!



INGREDIENTS
Recipe adapted from here

All Purpose Flour - 200g
Double Action Baking Powder - 2 tsp
Granulated Sugar - 180g
Salt - 1/2 tsp*
Unsalted Butter - 250g
Eggs - 4
Milk - 4tbsp
Vanilla Essence - 1tsp



METHOD
Preheat oven at 180 degree for 15 minutes.
Prepare a 22cm square baking pan by greasing it and lining with butter paper/ parchment paper.
Mix the dry ingredients - All purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Sieve it 3 times.
In a separate bowl mix the butter and sugar. Mix it till it becomes pale yellow.
Add one egg at a time and keep mixing with a hand blender.
Beat well till the mixture becomes of creamy consistency.
Add the vanilla essence.
Add the flour in 3-4 batches taking care to mix well after each addition.
Finally add milk spoon by spoon and mix well.
Transfer the mixture to the baking pan. Tap it lightly on the work space to remove air bubbles and distribute batter evenly.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the skewer inserted comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let cool. 
Slice and serve warm.


Tips:
Use eggs and butter at room temperature.
* If you are using salted butter then omit the salt. But I suggest using unsalted one as the salt added brings out the taste and flavor of the cake.
Add eggs only one at a time and beat on low speed as it may curdle if added too quickly. In that case add 1 or 2 tbsp of flour.

43 comments:

  1. Your butter cake is sure to get tongues wagging ...Btw what is double action baking powder and how it is different from normal baking powder?
    Deepa

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  2. What a divine looking cake. That drew me in from facebook! But it was your "noolputtu" that convinced me to follow you. They look utterly divine! You have a gorgeous space with splendid recipes here. Keep it coming!

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  3. delicious looking butter cake looks wonderful

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  4. beautiful crumbs. looks wonderful.bookmarked.

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  5. I too love this cake but never the amount of butter that goes into it. Jeez it is more than the amount of flour. Loved the clicks Rinku.

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  6. Hi Deepa..Thanks dear. Regarding the baking powder - Double Acting Baking Powder means it the baking powder reacts twice; it contains one acid that dissolves when it comes in contact with water and another acid that does not dissolve until it reaches a higher temperature in a hot oven. This type of double action ensures that the finished product is light and fluffy.
    A Single acting baking powder releases carbon dioxide as soon as it becomes wet, so to use it you need to bake the product as soon as it is mixed.
    Most baking powders are supposed to be double acting ones.But the packet I bought (Bakers) had it specifically mentioned Double Acting Baking Powder. It is available in all super markets. I have bought Weikfields before which mentions it as only Baking Powder.

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  7. Thanks Rinku for the details...I learned something new from you

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  8. The cake looks awesomely delicious... something we can keep on having...

    Even I started baking very young by the time I was 11 I guess. I still prefer baking over cooking. :)

    I've always wondered what is Double Acting Baking Powder, now I'll make sure I use double acting, for sponge cakes.

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  9. @Cool Lassie..Thanks so much. That's so sweet of you to say.

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  10. Wow looks super spongy and soft...sure will just melt in your moth...yummm and tempting cake

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  11. The texture is unbelievable n you have photographed it so well! Kudos!
    USMasala

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  12. Cake looks super soft and moist,bookmarked dear.Thanks a lot for the info.

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  13. Spongy and Soft Cake looks Yummm!

    -Mythreyi
    Yum! Yum! Yum!

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  14. The butter cake looks very scrumptious. You have presented it beautifully as well :)

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  15. Beautiful cake one of my favourite cake to make and eat.

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  16. That cake looks incredible n yummy...I m a big fan of plain cake...I wish I could grab few slices...

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  17. Ohhhhhhh entammoooo its my fav dear.....ithu superb.

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  18. Omg, wat a fabulous looking super prefect looking butter cake,seriously feel like having a slice rite now..

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  19. Thts a gorgeous slice of cake...yum!

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  20. Yum Rinku. Can u tell me if this double thingy can be used for xmas fruit cakes. Have to bake one soon. I will surely try this as everyone in the house is now sick of chocolate cakes I bake.

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  21. The cake looks fabulous.Homemade bakes are always better than store bought ones.

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  22. wow..wat an awesome cake....now i know wat baking powdwer to use to get super fluffy cakes...thanks for the info...

    nice blog btw

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  23. Very delicious n soft slices..perfect baked!!
    You can link this to my event
    Ongoing Event -Christmas Delicacy (15 Nov-31 Dec 2011)
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  24. wow... cakes look delicious...looks perfect...

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  25. wow!!perfect!!Looks spongy too...& plain butter cake is my favourite
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  26. Thanks Prema. Yes, you can use double acting baking powder for fruit cakes.

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  27. Moti, you should mail the foot-4tots person saying you have made it. at the end of the post she has given links of people who have made that recipe. It'll be good publicity for ur blog

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  28. The cake looks so soft and moist Rinku. Just the thing I'd like to have with a cup of tea, or even for dessert!

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  29. Indeed an utterly butterly delicious cake!

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  30. OMG! Perfect butter cake! I am drooling now seriously!

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  31. Oh ithu super...even I m hearing about double action powder first time, u r a master in baking :)

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  32. Butter cake looks very spongy. Love the texture you have got.

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  33. Butter cake looks soft, spongy, yummy and tempting.

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  34. oh wow!! that luks oh so yummy , moist and perfect dear!! great job!!

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  35. yummy butter cake, look so soft n moist..

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  36. Hi from Calicut, first time here...OMG this cake looks so soft and moist..wish I could dig in...happy to follow u to learn more recipes...

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  37. Cake looks soo perfet & yummy !

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  38. what a fine bake - spongy delicious

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  39. that looks utterly butterly delicious :)

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  40. Truly scrumptious. The picture itself is so good - the product would have been delicious

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