Sunday, 14 August 2011

Homestyle Butter Cake for Grandma

Grandma said she likes butter cakes because they smell great and are moist enough. My mum had been asking me for quite some time to bake a butter cake for Grandma. Why did it take me so long? Simply because I THOUGHT butter cake is too simple and not challenging. What can go wrong? But I was wrong.

In search of an old-styled butter cake recipe to impress Grandma, I became confused by the recipes for "butter cakes" and those for "pound cakes". My mini research found pound cakes containing less butter to flour ratio and butter cake recipes call for milk which pound cake recipes don’t. I also suspect that some people had used the terms butter cake and pound cake interchangeably.

Regardless, my gut feel was to use a recipe with more butter. It seems to me that our grandparents' generation really enjoys more butter than us - after all, bread toast with butter and sugar, butter roasted coffee beans, traditional butter cake with butter cream......

Happily, I baked a home-style butter cake for Grandma. I was so sure she would be full of praises for me....
Butter Cake

  • 250 g butter, softened 
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 260 g caster sugar 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 335 g self-raising flour 
  • 180 ml milk 

  1. Preheat oven to 180degC. Grease deep 22-cm round cake pan. (I used rectangular loaf tins instead, which is why there were cracks on the cake surface) 
  2. Beat butter and sugar using an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in sifted flour and milk, in two batches. 
  3. Spread mixture into pan and bake for about 1 hour. Stand in cake pan for 5 min before turning, top side up onto a wire rack to cool. 
The outcome: 

Dear said: "moist and nice butter fragrance!"
Grandma: "not bad........"
My mum said it was not spongy enough...
Then, I knew it's gotta be pound cake that Grandma likes....

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