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Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe

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By following this delicious Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe, you’ll get a deliciously moist, and mouth-watering cake perfectly soaked in buttery sugar glaze and topped with salted caramel glaze. 

Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe
Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe

Never heard of Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake?? Well Kentucky butter cake is a perfect combination of sweet and salty with a hint of caramel to make it a perfect moist and fluffy cake for your next tea-party and if you’re a foodie like me, must check my other cake recipes like Orange Upside Down Cake or easy-peasy Crack Cake.

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Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake

I love baking and trying new recipes for my family of recipezenith, and when I baked this cake for the first time, I fell in love with its delicious sweet and salty combination, with a hint of caramel to make it a next level cake.

And that’s not the end, after baking, the cake is immediately poked and drizzled with a warm buttery sugar glaze and to complete the fantasy, drizzled with some salted caramel glaze, and ta daaaa!! Your delicious salted caramel Kentucky butter cake is ready to serve!!

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Okay wait, the cake doesn’t have to be served immediately after baking. It’s time to learn some tricks to make your cake taste better than any other cake in your recipe book. And the fact is, the more you let the cake rest, the tastier it will become.


What is Kentucky Butter Cake?

Kentucky butter cake is super soft and fluffy vanilla bundt cake that is baked until light golden brown, and its captivating aroma filled your kitchen with goodness. Then immediately poked with holes (with a skewer or a chopstick), and topped with a sugary butter syrup that soaks and makes it super soft and moist cake ever.

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When you pour slightly warm glaze over freshly baked cake, it creates the most moist cake ever, and when it cools down, it creates a sweet and crispy crust outside while remaining the soft and moist texture inside.

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Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake


Why you’ll Love the Recipe of Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake

Its unique sweet and salty flavor makes it everyone’s favorite, and the star of your tea-time parties.

Easy to follow steps help you make a perfect caramel kentucky butter cake just in an hour.

It’s beginner’s friendly recipe will make you a kitchen pro in no time.

You can use the cake as base for your other favorite cake recipes by adding your favorite toppings, chocolates and nuts.

This can be a best choice for your potluck parties.


Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe

Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake is very easy to cook, if you know even a little baking, you can make a fantasy one at home in your kitchen.

So baking process will be simple as any other basic vanilla cake. You simply need to mix dry ingredients with butter, buttermilk and eggs. Mix everything to make a smooth batter without flour lumps. Then pour the batter into a  Bundt pan or tube pan and bake the cake in preheated oven for 55 to 65 minutes.

Now prepare a butter vanilla sugar syrup for the cake. For this, take a pan and add water, sugar and butter to the pan, then add butter to the sauce. Let it cook until the sugar melts and it becomes caramelized sauce.

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If the cake is done, remove it from oven and poke the cake with a skewer. Now pour the prepared sugar syrup over all the pores and holes of cake, while the cake is still in your bundt pan. Spread the sauce thoroughly, and let the cake cool completely before serving.

For an extra touch of flavor, pour some more vanilla sugar syrup right before serving.


Ingredients for Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe

You can make the cake from scratch, or if you want to keep things simple, you can start with cake mix, and the rest of the recipe will be easy to go.

To make your baking process easy and smooth, it is recommended to gather the ingredients carefully and measure carefully with kitchen scale or using measuring cups and spoons.

For the Cake:

  • All purpose flour
  • white sugar
  • salt
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • buttermilk
  • butter
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs

For the glaze:

  • white sugar
  • butter
  • water
  • vanilla extract

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Ingredients for salted caramel kentucky butter cake


How to make Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake??

Making this super moist and fluffy cake was never ever easy before this easy to follow recipe. You just need to follow some simple steps carefully.

Start by gathering and measuring ingredients for the recipe. Sift the flour and be sure to use all ingredients fresh and at room temperature.

  • Preheat the oven to 325 deg F.
  • Take a large bowl and add all-purpose flour with salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.
  • Add butter-milk, butter, eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Beat everything with a hand mixer or beater. Beat until everything mix together to make a smooth batter without any lumps.
Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe
Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe
Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe
  • Now prepare the bundt pan. Grease the pan with oil, and dust with some all-purpose flour. Pour the prepared batter into the bundt pan, tab to remove the air bubbles and spread the batter evenly to the pan.
  • Bake the cake in preheated oven for an hour, or until the cake turns out light brown and toothpick comes out clean.
Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe
Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe
Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe
  • Remove the cake from oven, poke the cake immediately with a chopstick or skewer and pour the sugar syrup over poked cake and spread it thoroughly.
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  • Cool the cake before transferring it to a serving plate. Pour some more sugar syrup or caramel glaze. Serve and Enjoy!!

Be sure to coat the pan with butter/oil or with non-stick cooking spray, and then dust some flour evenly to the pan. It will help to comes out the kentucky butter cake smoothly from bundt pan.


How to make Vanilla Sugar Syrup for the Kentucky Butter Cake?

Making vanilla sugar syrup for salted caramel kentucky butter cake is super easy. You just need 4 ingredients to make this caramel sugar syrup. For this:

  • Take a pan, and melt sugar with butter, vanilla extract, and water. Until the sugar dissolves and the syrup begins to boil.
  • Cook it until it becomes light golden. Don’t overcook the syrup, it will burn the sugar and will turn the sauce to dark brown color.
sugar syrup for kentucky butter cake
sugar syrup for kentucky butter cake
sugar syrup for kentucky butter cake

Note: Don’t worry about the little grains of sugar, it will adds a crispy layer after cooling making it crunchy outside while keeping it sweet, soft and moisture inside.


Pro Tips

  • For a fresh and moist cake, be sure to use fresh and high quality ingredients
  • Be sure to use the ingredients like eggs, milk and butter at room temperature.
  • Mix the batter until all ingredients mix together without any lumps. Don’t overmix. Over-mixing the batter can make the cake texture tough.
  • After baking and spreading the glaze, allow the bundt cake to cool completely for an hour before removing from the pan.
  • Save some glaze to drizzle over the top of the cake before serving. 
  • Don’t use salted butter for the recipe. It can unbalance the saltiness of the cake, because we’re using some salt in cake and if you’re drizzling salty caramel sauce over cake, it will make it more salty. 
  • It’s better to make this cake ahead of time if possible to enhance the flavor of the cake. 
  • It’s better to store the cake in an air-tight container at room temperature. Storing the cake in the refrigerator will dry the cake more quickly.
  • To prevent the cake from sticking, grease the bundt pan with oil and then dust some flour thoroughly. 
  • You can check the cake with a toothpick, if it turns out clean the cake is done. Don’t over bake the cake, it will lead the cake to become dry and hard.


Delicious Add-ins and Variations

As I’ve told earlier, you can use the cake as base to add your favorite flavors. For this, I’ve some suggestions, but feel free to customize it according to your taste and likings.

For a chocolaty crunch, add some chocolate chips or chocolate chunks in the batter, and before serving, you can drizzle some melted chocolate over the cake.

Add some chopped nuts like almonds, walnuts or what you like in your salted caramel kentucky butter cake. Top it with chopped nuts and with some honey or maple syrup.

For a spicy touch, you can add some ground ginger and whole spices. It will give you a warm and delicious taste.

This is your cake, so add your favorite add-ins to make it your own signature kentucky butter cake.


What to Serve with Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake?

Although the kentucky butter cake is delicious on its own, but you can also serve it with your favorite sides to enhance its flavor to the next level.

Ice cream: Top the cake slice with your favorite ice cream like vanilla or pistachio flavor. Try my anabolic ice cream as a healthier frozen dessert.

Chocolate: If you’re chocolate lover, drizzle some melted chocolate and then sprinkle some chocolate chips to make it your favorite chocolate kentucky butter cake.

Fresh fruits: Serve it with the slices of fresh fruits of your choice.

Whipped Cream: whipped cream is also a best option if you like a creamy touch to your kentucky butter cake.

Caramel Sauce: As you’re enjoying a salted caramel kentucky butter cake, so to enhance the caramel taste of your cake, you can drizzle some salted caramel sauce over cake before serving.


How to Save the Leftovers?

If you’ve leftover kentucky butter cake, you can store it easily to enjoy later. However, I’ll not recommend to store the cake in refrigerator. As it will dry the cake quickly results in less moisture, tough texture and less delicious.

How to Store the leftover cake?

To store the leftover cake, be sure to use air-tight container. Place the cake in air-tight container and keep in at room temperature in cool area, away from directly sun-light.

In this way, you can store the cake for up to 5 days. If you want to enjoy the cake within these days, no need to place the cake in refrigerator.

Can you store the cake in refrigerator?

If you’ve planned to enjoy the cake within 4 to 5 days, you no need to refrigerate it. Just place the cake in an air-tight container, and leave it at room temperature.

Why air-tight container? Using air-tight container will help to maintain its freshness and moisture, and will prevent it to adopt surrounding odors.

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How to Refrigerate the leftover cake:

To refrigerate the leftover kentucky butter cake, follow some simple steps:

  • Allow the cake to cool completely before transferring it to an air-tight container.
  • If needed, you can wrap the whole cake, or slices with plastic or aluminum wrap to lock its moisture, otherwise stay with air-tight container.
  • It is a good practice to label the box with date and time to track the freshness of cake.
  • Before serving, allow the cake to come at room temperature to enhance the flavors and textures.


Can you Freeze the cake for longer time period?

If you want to store the cake for longer time period, its best to store it in freezer carefully, so that it can maintain its freshness and moisture.

To freeze the cake for longer time period, Follow some simple steps:

  • Allow the cake to cool completely before transferring it to an air-tight container.
  • If needed, you can wrap the whole cake, or slices with plastic or aluminum wrap to lock its moisture, otherwise stay with air-tight container.
  • It is a good practice to label the box with date and time to track the freshness of cake.
  • In this way, you can freeze the cake for 2 to 3 months easily maintaining its freshness and moisture.

How to Thaw the Cake?

Thawing is to bring the cake at room temperature to enjoy it with its freshness and moisture. When you ready to enjoy the frozen kentucky butter cake, be sure to thaw it in refrigerator for a night or for 5 to 6 hours, and then keep it at room temperature.

Serve it with fresh fruit slices, or a scoop of ice cream to enhance its flavor.


What should I do if the cake is undercooked?

Keep baking it at intervals of 5 minutes and check again. Undercooking it will result in a soggy cake which is not very good. Also, the cake won’t come out of the pan very well. Use a toothpick to test the cake before taking it out of the oven.

Moreover, cooling the cake properly before transferring to a serving plate is also necessary. Allow the cake to cool for at least an hour, it will help to set the cake and the syrup and will help the flavors to meld.


What if you don’t have a bundt pan?

While  the recipe calls for a bundt or tube pan because of its appealing shape and even baking properties, but if you don’t have a bundt pan. No worry!!

You can bake the kentucky butter cake using a square or round cake pan, muffin tins, or cupcake molds or even mini bundt pans will work best. Just remember to adjust the baking time if you’ve changed the baking pan to ensure the cake is properly cooked.

Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe
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Can I make this salted caramel kentucky butter cake in advance?

Absolutely! the taste of cake will be even better if you bake it ahead of time. Try baking the cake a day before serving, it will help to meld the flavors making it more soft, moist and delicious.

Just bake the cake, and drizzle the warm sugar syrup so the cake will absorb it making it more sugary and moist. And when ready to serve, you can add a delicious caramel sauce or your other favorite toppings.


How to make Easy Kentucky Butter Cake with Cake Mix??

If you don’t want to follow the process from scratch, you can make the kentucky butter cake with cake mix. For this, follow some easy-peasy steps to make this kentucky butter cake easily:

Ingredients:

  • 1 box (18.25 oz) yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps:

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C), grease and flour a Bundt cake pan.

Step 2: Take a large mixing bowl, and combine the cake mix with melted butter, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract.

Step 3: Pour the batter into prepared bundt pan, and bake for 55 to 65 minutes.

Rest of the steps will be same as explained above.

Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe
Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake


Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe

Recipe by Zanib MughalCourse: American, Appetizers, Dessert
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

30

minutes
Cooking time

40

minutes
Calories

300

kcal

Follow this Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake Recipe to enjoy a super moist and fluffy cake soaked in buttery sugar syrup and topped with caramel sugar sauce!!

Ingredients

  • For Cake:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 cup butter

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 4 eggs

  • For Sugar Syrup:

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • ⅓ cup butter

  • 3 tablespoons water

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 deg F.
  • Take a large bowl and add all-purpose flour with salt, baking powder, baking soda and sugar.
  • Add butter-milk, butter, eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Beat everything with a hand mixer or beater. Beat until everything mix together to make a smooth batter without any lumps.
  • Now prepare the bundt pan. Grease the pan with oil, and dust with some all-purpose flour. Pour the prepared batter into the bundt pan, tab to remove the air bubbles and spread the batter evenly to the pan.
  • Bake the cake in preheated oven for an hour, or until the cake turns out light brown and toothpick comes out clean.
  • Remove the cake from oven, poke the cake immediately with a chopstick or skewer and pour the sugar syrup over poked cake and spread it thoroughly.
  • Cool the cake before transferring it to a serving plate. Pour some more sugar syrup or caramel glaze. Serve and Enjoy!!


Your Queries Got Answered!!

What type of cake is Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake?

The kentucky butter cake is a delicious butter cake made with simple ingredients but then immediately poked and drizzled with some delicious sugary vanilla butter syrup and then served with sugar caramel sauce, making it a unique sweet and salty caramel taste.

How much butter is used in the recipe?

For this Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake recipe you will need 1 cup room temperature and unsalted butter.

How to make caramel for kentucky butter cake?

You can make the caramel at home using just 4 ingredients including sugar, butter, water and vanilla essence. Boil everything until sugar melts and it turns into a creamy caramel sauce.

How long will it take to prepare the cake?

This Kentucky Butter Cake will take a little over an hour to bake and you need 15 to 20 minutes for prep. Most of the time will be spent in baking the cake.

How long do you bake a cake?

It bakes for between 55-65 minutes or until completely cooked. Use a toothpick to check whether the cake is done or not, if the toothpick comes out clean it means the cake has done and now you can remove it from oven.

What type of pan is best to use for cake?

We like to use either a bundt pan or a tube pan. Both work well and cook beautifully. But you can use a square or round pan too, if you have no bundt pan.

How many servings does the recipe make?

Depending on how big you cut the pieces, makes 8-12 slices of cake.

What temperature should the oven be set for cake?

325 degrees F.

What’s the best way to store cakes?

Cover the remaining cake and store it at room temperature in an air-tight container or in the refrigerator. Whether it’s cold or not, it will last for 4 days. Just keep it ventilated and away from heat, sunlight or steam.

What’s the best way to serve cake?

While the cake is delicious on its own, but to enhance the flavor you can serve it with fresh fruit slices, with some melted chocolate or a scoop of ice cream.

How can I make cake more delicious?

Drizzle some melted chocolate for extra sweet flavor.
Add some chopped fresh fruits.
Chopped nuts like pecans or walnuts will also make it best for your tea time.

What is the texture of Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake?

It’s fluffy and delicious. What sets it apart from other cakes is that it has a buttery caramel sauce that soaks into the cake, making it super moist and delicious.

To Sum Up!!

Salted Caramel Kentucky Butter Cake is delicious cake combining the sweet and salty flavors with the goodness of sugary buttered syrup that is immediately poured after removing the cake from the oven.

Foodie Note: If you like this quick and easy salted caramel kentucky butter cake, or foodie like me, don’t forget to make and share this delicious kentucky butter cake recipe, also share it with your friends or those, who’re looking for something classic and traditional to make in these holidays.

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