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

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. 
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Course: birthday cakes, Cakes, celebrations, Dessert, lunch box recipe
Cuisine: Baking, Cake
Keyword: butter cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 552kcal

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

Conventional Method

  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • 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. 

Thermomix Method

  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees celsius (fan-forced). 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
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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. 

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

  1. Jorgette says:

    Hi Lucy
    Just wondering if this recipe could be made using a loaf tin in lieu of a spring form cake tin? Think it would work?
    Ta in advance
    Jorgette

    1. Lucy says:

      Yep it should be fine! xx

  2. Janice says:

    Hi Lucy, am making this tonight.
    You say: “Leave the cake to cool in the tray for 15 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.”

    Does this mean, leave the cake to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before taking the cake out of the tin to cool completely?

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Janice, yes exactly! xx

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