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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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.

Recipe from AllRecipes.com

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31 Responses to “Kentucky Butter Cake”

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    Megan — May 1, 2013 at 7:04 am

    This sounds amazing! I’d be shocked if the people you manage don’t think you’re the best boss ever!

    • beantownbaker — May 1st, 2013 @ 7:56 am

      Ha, I’m ok with bribing them with baked goods into feeling that way :)

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 1, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I wish my boss would do something like this for us. This cake sounds phenomenal! Anything that tastes like a donut gets an A+ from me!

    • beantownbaker — May 1st, 2013 @ 7:57 am

      I had a boss once who would bring a store bought cake and cut it into the same number of pieces as there were people at the meeting. And he made us sing. It was horrible.

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — May 1, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Definitely the best boss when you get homemade cakes that have been compared to a glazed donut! Congrats!!

    • beantownbaker — May 1st, 2013 @ 9:05 am

      Thanks :) I am pretty lucky in that my team is pretty awesome too.

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    Tracy {Pale Yellow} — May 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Congratulations on the promotion! Your team sounds lucky to have you and this cake looks gorgeous!

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    Jill — May 1, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Congratulations on the promotion!! This looks and sounds delicious!

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    chelsea @ serves two — May 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    oh my! a giant glazed donut in cake form??!! yes please! i am sort of curious though as to why it’s called a kentucky butter cake :)

    • beantownbaker — May 2nd, 2013 @ 9:04 am

      I have no idea why it’s called Kentucky butter cake. I did a quick Google search and it doesn’t look like anyone knows.

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    Sarah C — May 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

    I’m glad there’s no explanation as to why it’s called a Kentucky Butter Cake, because I am making this for a themed food fest at work next week, and I’m changing it to Hawaiian Butter Cake so that I don’t have to find another recipe. :)

    • beantownbaker — May 2nd, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

      I like the way you work :)

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    Kathy — May 2, 2013 at 10:50 am

    The staff meeting treat sounds like a regular monthly blog post…cant wait to see what is on deck next month

    • beantownbaker — May 2nd, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

      For sure! I have already started asking my team members who have May birthdays about what they’d like. One said anything with chocolate. One said anything but chocolate. So that’s going to be a challenge! Luckily I’m the only June birthday so I’m going to go all out for June!

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 2, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Ever seen The Office? Hehe… they looove birthday parties! And that’s so sweet that you’re acknowledging your workers like that. I’m sure you’re a great boss!

    • beantownbaker — May 2nd, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

      Ha – if only we could all have parties like they do on The Office…

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    Shannon — May 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    best boss ever :) this looks fantastic!! we have birthday buddies that we bring cake for, and it’s a pretty awesome tradition :)

    • beantownbaker — May 2nd, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

      Oh I like the birthday buddies idea! I’m not sure that would work for my team since it’s ~80% guys… I do joke that everyone needs a buddy cause sometimes I look around and can’t tell who we’re missing. It would be a lot easier to just ask if everyone’s buddy was here like when we were kids on field trips.

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    Brooke Schweers — May 3, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Yum! Looks devine! Such a perfect looking cake and the glaze makes it look extra shiny and pretty!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Oh, this is such a perfect looking cake :)

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    Laura Dembowski — May 5, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Oh, I so want a slice of this! Love cakes that are soaked with syrup. So yummy!

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    Angie — May 6, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    i made this on Friday for a brunch on Saturday. It was delicious and I got lots of compliments! I was surprised when i made it because there were no instructions about adding the butter to the batter. I assumed that the butter should be softened and mixed in, but I would’ve expected it to be mixed in earlier so that it would incorporate more fully. You might consider adding clarification to that step.

    • beantownbaker — May 6th, 2013 @ 5:46 pm

      Glad you enjoyed the cake. The second sentence in the second step talks about adding the butter. Are the instructions confusing?

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    ErinsFoodFiles — May 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I think I’ve seen this recipe elsewhere on the interwebs… (of course my eye is drawn to anything Kentucky, my home state!) Glad to hear it’s so good!

    • beantownbaker — May 6th, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

      It’s definitely out there on the web! I couldn’t find any info about why it’s called Kentucky Butter Cake though. Do you know anything about it? Do you guys eat it in Kentucky?

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    claire — May 10, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    So the glaze is on the bottom of the cake correct? You don’t reserve any to pour over the top?

    • beantownbaker — May 13th, 2013 @ 8:24 am

      Yep, you pour it all in to the bottom of the cake while it’s in the pan.

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    Maggie Wells — September 9, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Hi there! Wonderful cake. Just wondering — did you let the cake sit overnight with the syrup soaking?

    • beantownbaker — September 10th, 2013 @ 7:58 am

      Yep, I let the cake sit overnight after adding the syrup.

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