Butter Cake

This basic butter cake can be flavoured in any number of ways. It's also a good cake for lamingtons.or for shaping into birthday cakes. The texture is dense because it uses a fair amount of plain flour.

This quantity will fit a deep 20cm cake pan. You can double the quantity of ingredients if you need a larger cake.


  • 125g butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ½ cup SR flour
  • ¼ tsp bicarb soda
  • ½ cup milk


  1. Preheat your oven to moderate heat
  2. grease and flour your cake pan
  3. cream the butter and sugar until fluffy and light in colour
  4. add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  5. remove the bowl from your mixer and fold in the dry ingredients alternatively with the milk, finishing with flour.
  6. pour mixture into your prepared cake pan
  7. bake for 1¼ hours (it will be pulling from the sides and a lovely golden colour)
  8. cool in the pan for about 15 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
  9. ice and decorate as desired.