Butter Cake - 4 Ingredient Bakes

A slice of butter cake.

This is the first cake that I learned to bake and after baking many cakes, this cake still remained as my favourite. The cake contained only four core ingredients: butter, sugar, eggs and flour. No baking powder or baking soda is required.

Adding eggs to creamed butter and sugar.

The cake rise beautifully from the air incorporated into the batter during the creaming of butter and sugar. Therefore it is important to cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Additionally, sifted icing sugar and flour helps in making a fine textured cake as well. Optional ingredients such as fresh milk (for extra moisture), vanilla essence (for a touch of vanilla), zest of lemon (for a hint of lemon) or Dutch processed cocoa ( to make a marbled butter cake) can be added, but not necessary.

Recipe for Simple Butter Cake
250 grams butter
200 grams icing/confectioners sugar, preferably sifted
5 eggs
300 grams All-Purpose flour (sifted 3 times)

Baking Temperature: 225C/440F
Baking Time: 30-45 minutes

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Fold in eggs and mix evenly.
  4. Add in flour little by little. Make sure it is incorporated thoroughly.
  5. Pour into baking tin and bake at 225C until cooked through.

I have only recently been blog-hopping after my reignited passion for baking and found Joyce from Kitchen Flavour, Lena from Frozen Wings and Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids and other baking bloggers sharing wonderful recipes and photos in Bake-Along. I am inspired to bake as good as them. This is my contribution to Bake-Along No. 24 - Theme : Bake with Four Ingredients. Check out these wonderful 4 ingredients bakes from the other contributors.


  1. Hi,
    Your cake looks moist and golden! It wouldn't know that it does not contain any leavening at all! Great recipe! Thank you for baking along with us, and nice to meet you. Hope that you'll join us again for future Bake-Alongs! Have a lovely weekend!

  2. Hi!

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I will definitely join in the future Bake-Alongs because it is so much fun! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. hi! i love this butter cake, so simple! especially knowing its not using any baking powder and soda
    must try!
    thks for sharing :)

  4. Awesome butter cake! I like the golden colour and soft texture. Have a nice day.

  5. Alice, Vivian,

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Glad that you like the the cake! Do tell me if you try out this recipe :)

    Enjoy your weekends.

  6. it is a simple recipe and taste very good too.

  7. Just visited Vivian's 4 ingredients sponge cake. Your 4 ingredient butter cake looks amazing too!

  8. My! 4 ingredients can bake such a good cake. Interesting.

  9. i'm really impressed at this butter cake recipe just by using 4 ingredients and that your cake rises so nice!! really glad that you posted this! Hope to see you around again!

  10. I love how your cake looks and can't imagine there isn't any rising agents in it! I was wondering, do you fold in the eggs with a spatula or using the mixer to do the job?

  11. I just set the mixer to the slowest speed and slowly pour the beaten eggs in. I added the flour in using the same speed with the help of a spatula. Didn't detach the bowl from the mixer until the whole batter is done. :)

  12. i love traditional recipe, original ingredients make the best cake ever.


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