The Ultimate Butter Cake Recipe with Buttercream Frosting

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting… the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting... the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 

Whenever I need a quick and easy cake…. I always, ALWAYS make my classic butter cake recipe. It’s the EASIEST THING EVER!!! And it also helps that it tastes absolutely delicious.

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting... the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 

This is the most versatile recipe and it’s perfect for making kids birthday cakes (it can soooo easily be cut into all shapes, designs, cooked in different cake tins etc). It’s just a good old fashioned butter cake recipe… simple and yummy!

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting... the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 

I like to keep it simple and use a basic buttercream frosting on my butter cake recipe. BUT! Please, please, feel free to go all out. If you’re after something a bit fancier to top it off, you could use:

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting... the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 

This cake honestly takes juts a few minutes to prepare, uses the most basic (and budget-friendly!) ingredients.. and yet everyone loves it! I have never, ever met anyone who didn’t fall in love with this cake. It’s that good!

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting... the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 

Oooh and don’t skimp on the frosting. The frosting is what makes this cake soooo crazy good. Slather it all on nice and thick… sit back and enjoy!!

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting... the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 

PS. If you love cakes (I mean really… who on earth doesn’t like cake!), then check out a few more of my faves here…

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting... the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 

Do you love a basic butter cake too??

The Ultimate Butter Cake Recipe with Buttercream Frosting - Conventional Method

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting... the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 
5 from 5 votes
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Course: birthday cakes, Cakes, celebrations, Dessert, lunch box recipe
Cuisine: Baking, Cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 552

Ingredients

  • 200 g unsalted butter softened
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 g self raising flour

For the buttercream frosting

  • 185 g butter softened
  • 2 1/4 cups (300g) icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 drop pink food colouring

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees celsius.
  • Grease and line a round 20cm cake tin with baking paper and set aside. 
  • Place the butter, caster sugar, salt and vanilla extract into a bowl. Beat together with a stand-mixer or hand-held beaters until pale and fluffy.
  • Slowly add the eggs while continuing to beat through until completely combined. 
  • Sift in the self raising flour and stir with a spoon until just combined (don't over-mix).
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until tested with a skewer (see notes). 
  • Leave the cake to cool in the tray for 15 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the icing, beat the butter in a bowl until pale and fluffy (approximately 5 minutes).
  • Slowly add the icing sugar mixture, milk, vanilla extract and food colouring and continue to beat until smooth and creamy.
  • Spread the buttercream frosting over the cooled cake and serve.
  • Keep any leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. 

Notes

If you find that your cake is browning too much in the oven, simply place a sheet of foil loosely over the top and continue cooking. 

Nutrition

Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 880IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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The Ultimate Butter Cake Recipe with Buttercream Frosting - Thermomix Method

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting... the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 
5 from 5 votes
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Course: birthday cakes, Cakes, celebrations, Dessert, lunch box recipe
Cuisine: Baking, Cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 552

Ingredients

  • 200 g unsalted butter softened
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 200 g self raising flour

For the buttercream frosting:

  • 185 g butter softened
  • 2 1/4 cups (300g) icing sugar mixture
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 drop pink food colouring

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees celsius.
  • Grease and line a round 20cm cake tin with baking paper and set aside. 
  • Place sugar and butter into the TM bowl and and mix for 15 seconds, Speed 5.
  • Add the eggs, salt, vanilla extract and self-raising flour and mix for 15 seconds, Speed 5. Scrape down sides of mixing bowl with spatula, then mix for a further 10 seconds, Speed 5.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until tested with a skewer (see notes). 
  • Leave the cake to cool in the tray for 15 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • To make the icing, place the icing sugar into the TM bowl and mix for 10 seconds on Speed 9.
  • Add the butter, milk, vanilla extract and food colouring to the bowl. Mix for 30 seconds on Speed 4.
  • Spread the buttercream frosting over the cooled cake and serve.
  • Keep any leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 4 days. 

Notes

If you find that your cake is browning too much in the oven, simply place a sheet of foil loosely over the top and continue cooking. 

Nutrition

Calories: 552kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 880IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Did you try this recipe?Mention @BakePlaySmileBlog or tag #BakePlaySmile!

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting... the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting... the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 

The ultimate classic butter cake recipe with buttercream frosting... the perfect cake for birthdays, school lunch box treats, cake stall fundraisers or delicious morning teas. 

10 thoughts on “The Ultimate Butter Cake Recipe with Buttercream Frosting”

  1. Lydia says:


    It looks delicious! How can I make a chocolate cake using this recipe?

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Lydia, if you’re after a chocolate cake, I’d suggest this one instead: https://bakeplaysmile.com/chocolate-mud-cake/ xxxx

  2. Jess says:


    Made this cake for my daughter’s birthday, it was so moist, delicious and easy to make. I doubled the recipe, divided it in three then added food colour so each layer was a different colour. Thanks for a great recipe I will use again and again.

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Jess, I am so happy to hear this!!!! I love that you made it into a colourful cake – such a clever idea!! xx

  3. Christine Auld says:

    Hi, I’m going to make this on the weekend (my first lot of Mum baking for our school fete), I just wanted to check if 175 deg is for a fan forced oven? Thank you so much x

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Christine, yes for fan-forced. Good luck with the fete!!!! xx

  4. Kimberly says:

    I want to make this cake but I don’t understand the measurements. I’m use to cups and teaspoons. Not sure what caster sugar is? And the oven temperature is different too. I’m use to like 350 or so Fahrenheit help me if you can . Thank you.

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Hi Kimberly, if you use an online ingredient converter, you can choose any measurements you like to convert to. Caster sugar is very fine white sugar granules. Yes 175 degrees celsius (fan-forced) is equivalent to 347 fahrenheit. Help that helps!! xx

  5. Demi Russell says:

    Hi there,
    Just wondering if this a recipe that cans be stacked?

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Demi, it can be! But you might also like this one too for stacking: https://bakeplaysmile.com/white-chocolate-mud-cake-white-chocolate-buttercream/

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