butter cake (mrs ng SK)

This is perhaps one of the most famous butter cake recipes around.

And rightly so too!

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It is the most buttery, most fragrant, the softest, the moistest, and yes, the BEST butter cake I have ever tasted.

So it is no wonder the cake has been made and blogged about loads. I was not going to blog this recipe, seeing that it has been done many times over, but I really, really love this cake so much. In the end, I concede that it deserves a place in this (and every cooking) blog.

So, here it is, and if I ever have the chance to meet Mrs SK Ng, I will give her a HUGE HUG – for being so brilliant (in coming up with the recipe) and for being so generous (in sharing it).

Here is the step-by-step pictorial guide on how to make this gorgeous cake. 

In the bowl of a mixer, cream the butter and sugar until it turns light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. Be patient and let the machine do its work!

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Add the egg yolks, one a time and beat it in before adding the next.

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Beat in the vanilla extract. Fold in half the flour (Self-raising flour is used for this cake. Please see here for my notes on flours.).

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Add the milk and mix. Add the remaining flour and fold until just incorporated.

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Scrape the bowl and give the batter one final mix. Set this aside.

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In a clean mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until they turn foamy. Slowly and gradually, add the sugar, whisking all the while. Whisk this until stiff peaks form.

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Transfer 1/3 of the egg whites into the egg yolk batter. Beat this in.

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Gently fold the remaining egg whites in 2 batches until all the egg whites have been incorporated.

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Pour this into a lined and greased 8×8-inch baking pan.

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Bake at 170ยฐC for 45 minutes. As I noticed that the top of the cake was getting quite brown, I reduced the heat to 150ยฐC in the final 20 minutes, then to 140ยฐC in the final 5 minutes. You need to keep an eye on the cake and to know how your oven behaves so you can make the necessary adjustments.

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When the cake is done (insert a skewer it the cake and if it emerges cleanly it is done), let the cake rest for 5 minutes in the pan before carefully transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely. 

Cut into slices and enjoy!!

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(I normally hide about half a cake for myself. But don’t tell anyone, okay!) ๐Ÿ˜€

butter cake (mrs ng SK)
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 230g Salted Butter, room temperature
  2. 4 egg yolks
  3. 150g caster sugar
  4. 200g self-raising flour, sifted
  5. 60ml fresh milk
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 4 egg whites
  8. 50g caster sugar
Instructions
  1. In the bowl of a mixer, cream the butter and sugar (150g) until it turns light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl occasionally. Be patient and let the machine do its work!
  2. Add the egg yolks, one a time and beat it in before adding the next.
  3. Beat in the vanilla extract. Fold in half the flour.
  4. Add the milk and mix. Add the remaining flour and fold until just incorporated.
  5. Scrape the bowl and give the batter one final mix. Set this aside.
  6. In a clean mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until it turns foamy. Slowly and gradually, add the sugar (50g), whisking all the while. Whisk this until stiff peaks form.
  7. Transfer 1/3 of the egg whites into the egg yolk batter. Beat this in.
  8. Gently fold the remaining egg whites in 2 batches until all the egg whites have been incorporated.
  9. Pour this into a lined and greased 8ร—8-inch baking pan.
  10. Bake at 170ยฐC for 45 minutes.
  11. When the cake is done (insert a skewer it the cake and if it emerges cleanly it is done), let the cake rest for 5 minutes in the pan before carefully transferring onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Cut into slices and enjoy!!
Notes
  1. As I noticed that the top of the cake was getting quite brown, I reduced the heat to 150ยฐC at the final 20 minutes, then to 140ยฐC at the final 5 minutes. You need to keep an eye on the cake and to know how your oven behaves so you can make the necessary adjustments.
Adapted from Table for 2... or More
Adapted from Table for 2... or More
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