Kentucky Butter Cake

I mentioned the other week that I got a promotion at work. With this promotion, I’m now managing people for the first time. Being a boss has been an interesting transition over the last few weeks.

Kentucky Butter Cake Bundt

I have to confess that when I found out about the job, Hubby and I did play the SNL short “Like A Boss” on the TV, blaring through the speakers, pointing to me when it said “Like a boss”. Which is quite frequently if you recall… (If you haven’t seen the skit, Google it sometime when you’re home. It’s somewhat inappropriate but pretty funny).

Kentucky Butter Cake Bundt

So now that I’m a boss, I get to make some of the rules at work which has been fun. One thing I changed was how birthdays are celebrated in the group. You see, birthdays are a big deal in my world. I love celebrating other people’s birthdays *almost* as much as my own.

Since the previous manager was doing nothing to celebrate birthdays, I had a blank slate to start with. I decided that we’d celebrate at the last staff meeting of the month with some homemade baked good. For the first time since making that executive decision, it was time to celebrate April birthdays at staff meeting.

Kentucky Butter Cake Bundt

I decided on this Kentucky Butter Cake because one of the reviews online said it tasted like a glazed doughnut. Enough said, I’m in. Since staff meeting is in the morning, I figured this was a nice bridge between breakfast and dessert.

This bundt was a HUGE success. The cake itself is a nice sturdy cake with a bit of tang from the buttermilk. And the glaze is to.die.for. It’s a butter syrup that’s poured over the hot bundt (after piercing holes throughout). And then the whole thing is cooled in the pan. So that glaze gets soaked throughout the cake and forms a nice crust on the outside edges.

Kentucky Butter Cake Bundt

My team loved the new tradition of celebrating birthdays once a month at staff meeting (and the coworkers who got leftovers approve as well). Although I’ve set the bar pretty high with this cake. It’s going to be a tough act to follow next month.

One Year Ago: Red Cabbage Slaw with Cilantro and Lime Dressing and Pulled Pork Sliders with Red Cabbage Slaw
Two Years Ago: Homemade Peeps and Hot Cross Buns
Three Years Ago: Raspberry Curd
Four Years Ago: Raspberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies
Five Years Ago: Plum Rolls (Zwetschgenschnecken)

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Kentucky Butter Cake Bundt

This bundt cake tastes just like a glazed doughnut!

Yield: Serves 10-12


For the Cake
3 cups unbleached flour
2 cups white sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs

For the Glaze
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
3 Tbsp water
2 tsp vanilla extract


For the Cake
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch Bundt pan.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Blend in buttermilk, butter, vanilla and eggs. Beat for 3 minutes at medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

During the last 15 minutes of baking time, prepare the glaze.

For the Glaze
In a saucepan combine the sugar, butter, vanilla, and the water. Cook over medium heat, until fully melted and combined, but do not boil.

Prick holes in the still warm cake. Slowly pour sauce over cake. Let cake cool before removing from pan.

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11 Responses to “Homemade Snickers Candy Bars”

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    Shannon — October 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    oh no! that’s too bad he had to guess… they look awesome and i bet they taste better too!

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    2 — October 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    I will GLADLY be your taste tester for all these candy bars! Looks great!

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    Laura — October 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    these look amazing!!! I want to try all three kinds 🙂 How do you think these would hold up if I gave them out as gifts a day or two after making them? Do they have to be refrigerated?

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — October 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I kind of want to go trick or treating at your house with these candies! I got a recipe from King Arthur Flour to make Twix bars that I’m dying to try out!

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    Jen — October 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Laura – I don’t know if they have to be refrigerated. I kept mine in the freezer and we snacked on them for over a week.

    Fun and Fearless – If you decide to make Twix – let me know cause I want in on that!

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    Sandra — October 23, 2010 at 12:15 am

    This is an entire blog about candy, chocolate bars, and sugary stuff? I think I have just fallen in love.
    I didn’t read down far enough in the post, I got too excited when I realized what I had stumbled upon, but i have to go back to see if you gave the Snicker’s bar recipe!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — October 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I’m sooooo going trick-or-treating at your place! You are amazing with your baking skills, absolutely amazing.

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    brettb734 — October 24, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Those look delicious!!!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — October 25, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    These look great! Thank you for submitting these to the ATTYC event!

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    Elina (Healthy and Sane) — October 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Snickers bars are definitely my favorite candy as well and I’m trying to stay away from them due to all the junk that’s in the ingredients list. I may have to make these some day (saving the recipe!).
    Your husband is hilarious – mine would probably have the same reaction. 🙂

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    Heather — November 6, 2010 at 2:00 am

    These look so yummy! 🙂 How many Kraft caramels did you use? Thanks.

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