Thursday, December 11, 2008

Brandy Butter Cake

Lightly caramelised top of the brandy butter cake
This is my first cake. Yeah, finally. I've baked quite a few items, but never cake or cookies. You can tell roast pork is closer to my heart than sweet treats. But I recently got a mixer, and decided to start with the simple, humble butter cake. Only I didn't have enough butter, so I threw in a tablespoon or two of brandy butter instead. It lent a lightly heady and festive fragrance to the end product.

Soft and buttery
Brandy butter cake. This was nice. Soft and fluffy when just out of the oven, but became like pound cake when chilled. For those who want the recipe, here it is.

220g butter (basically one 250g block minus 1-2 tablespoons)
1-2 tablespoons of brandy butter (depending on taste)
180g caster sugar (I used 150g brown sugar)
5 eggs
200g self-raising flour
half teaspoon vanilla essence

1. Line a 9" baking tin and grease the sides. Preheat oven at 170 degrees C.
2. Use the 'K' beater and beat butter and sugar until creamy and light.
3. Add eggs one at a time, and mix until well-combined.
4. Add flour and fold in using low speed.
5. Add the vanilla essence and mix evenly.
6. Pour mixture into baking tin and bake in oven for about 45-50 minutes.

Throw in a tablespoon of this into your butter cake!
But I suppose it only works for you if you like brandy. Available in Cold Storage (price varies from outlet to outlet, between S$6+ to S$8.05)


  1. I was hoping you'd be baking some Christmas or even CNY cookies!

    Love the first pic, very nice how the loaf peaks! =)~

  2. The cake looks great! The texture look so smooth. Yum Yum...

  3. Simple, nice butter cake. Now that you've got a mixer, I guess we'll be expecting more bakes from you?

  4. i want to smell it and also taste it!! :-)

  5. Ocha: thanks!

    Joe: I can't afford actual brandy!

    Allie: yum indeed!

    Didally: yes, hoping to bake more, but easy does it. You're enjoying Dorie Greenspan's book, aren't you?

    Keropokman: you'll have to wait for me to bake a second batch! hey, have you unwrapped your oven yet??

  6. No, it's still wrapped up. But got tempted to get a build in. LOL

    Must wait lah, budget does not allow getting a build in. Just have to go to aunt's or mum's place to use theirs. LOL...

  7. My goodness. Made me yearn for tea and cake.

    V nice! I hope to be attempting this over the weekend.

  8. Brandy butter!? How tasty? We'd love to try that on anything.

  9. Hi,
    First cake!! Looks like fr the hand of a professional!

    I'm interested in getting a bottle of brandy butter. May I know which section of cold storage should I go? Is it at the baking section?Tks.


  10. I think the cake looks gorgeous, seriously looks damn good. I doubt my first cake would have looked like that. Looks moist and yum. :) Hope to try out recipe soon. Good to see you are venturing into baking. :)

  11. I didn't end up baking this over the weekend,but have gotten the brandy butter. I got mine for $5 plus at Marketplace Raffles City.

  12. hahahaha. brandy doesn't really appeals to me, but i like the look of yr butter cake. i could almost feel the taste. lol! i just brought nigella lawson domestic godness, cookbooks are expensive man.

  13. this is belated but wow, that's quite an amazing cake recipe! i've been looking for a traditional butter cake recipe for such a long time but most recipes books only have pound cake recipes and yellow cake recipes. will definitely give this a try!

  14. Erm...I can't bake to save my life. If you ever bake a spare cake, please let me know. I am willing to pay for a taste of brandy buttered Heaven! :P

  15. SFF:

    Blank Doll, SIG and Esther: you're welcome! hope you guys had success!

    LIC: lol I miss your comments on how expensive things are. Hope you are enjoying Nigella's Domestic Goddess! I don't have it. I think I shall borrow tomorrow from the library.

    Esther: wow, S$5+ only! I've been ripped off!

    Kium: thanks! I think you can just ask any Cold Storage staff, as the location may vary from branch to branch. Looks like it may be a seasonal item too.

    K-man: hurry, go over and bake something! :D


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