Butter Cake with Fresh Cream and Summer Fruits

January 16, 2015
butter cake recipe

Perfect Butter Cake with Fresh Cream and Summer Fruits for...

Its his birthday... its his birthday!!!

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Another year older, another year wiser...
...with more 'salt and pepper' along with receding hair too

Here comes the January baby... another milestone added to the 'Age is just a Number'! 

butter cake recipe

Thinking of 'What to buy', as a birthday gift for someone who has reached this 'golden' age can be quite a challenge.
He has the least 'wants' among all of us.

Kids came and asked "what shall we get dad for his birthday, mom?"
My reply (the same reply, every year...)"get him something practical, something that he can use either at home or work!"
Kids : "Shall we get him a wallet? a belt?".
Me : Forget about the belt... he just bought two, one for himself and another for you son (when he was back visiting his dad in Malaysia during Xmas holidays)

Kids went "awww... dad!!!" knowing that their options has narrowed down to... ONE!!!
Well... I said, you can buy him his favourite cologne, the bottle is nearly empty :D

butter cake with fresh cream

The two went birthday present hunting together...
SMSes and MMSes were bouncing to and fro,

Wallet? How much? $200 plus? too exxy!!!
Shirt? Size? sleeve length? too long!!!
OK... we got him the cologne!!! 

I guessed they felt exasperated and tired by then... 

butter cake

and when it comes to cake... there are only 2 types that he loves, not much of a choice..huh!!! 
Its either a mud cake or a butter cake! 
And a good butter cake must be moist with very fine and smooth crumbs (definition of a good butter cake according to him)

I have yet to find a good butter cake, so he said.
Remember, Mrs Menon's butter cake?, I asked.
It was too sweet for my liking and the crumbs was coarser, came his reply.... adoi mak!!! (malay expression equivalent to roll eyes)

Butter cake and summer fruits

With Mr Google always at my finger tip, I came across this butter cake recipe (link provided in the recipe below). And as for frosting, I didn't want to make buttercream frosting... butter on butter... no! too much butter, too rich!!!
Fresh cream it is... and with lovely summer fruits

Butter Cake

Did he like his birthday cake??? was the crumb too coarse? was it soft?

Well, I really can't tell... but what I can say is...since I have to refrigerate the cake to keep the fresh cream fresh.... and to keep summer fruits from going all soft and wilted, the cake was compromise!!! myBad :(

Perhaps I should leave the cake out for a wee bit longer to take off the chill before consuming... ;)
Texture wise ~ I am confident I am almost there, less coarser crumbs
Taste wise ~ buttery and level of sweetness is just perfect to our tastebuds

But one thing that I must do (for sure)...  is to re-bake this butter cake and NOT refrigerate it this time!!!

Butter cake and summer fruits

Butter Cake with Fresh Cream and Summer Fruits

Adapted with changes from Goodfood and Wilton
Serve 6-8

200g soft unsalted butter - room temperature
215g caster sugar
10 large egg yolks (approx weight 185g)
200g plain flour
30g cornflour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
150ml milk
10ml lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

Fresh Cream frosting
600ml fresh thickened cream
2 teaspoon unflavoured gelatine
2 tablespoon water
2 tablespoon icing sugar (add more for sweeter cream)

Summer fruits to decorate
  1. Pre-heat oven 150C for a fan-forced oven (175C for a conventional oven)
  2. Grease the side of 8 inch tin with soft butter and line baking paper to fit the bottom of the tin.
  3. Sift flours, baking powder and salt, twice, into a mixing bowl. 
  4. Make buttermilk by mixing milk with lemon juice and leave it to infuse for 10 minutes.
  5. Cream butter and sugar using electric beaters until light and fluffy.
  6. Add eggs yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  7. Pause and scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure all the creamed butter and sugar is incorporated into the mix.
  8. Add vanilla extract to buttermilk.
  9. On low speed, add 1/3 of the flour to the mix. 
  10. When it has been incorporated add half the buttermilk mixture and beat. 
  11. Repeat until you have 1/3 of the flour left. 
  12. Turn off the beaters and mix the last of the flour into the batter by hand using a spatula.
  13. Scrape the batter into the prepared tin and gently smooth the top.
  14. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes until golden brown at the edges and coming away from the tin. 
  15. The top of the cake should be springy to the touch, and skewer comes out clean 
  16. Remove the cake from the oven and rest in the tin for 10 minutes to allow the cake to set. 
  17. Turn it out of the tin onto a cake rack and cool. 
Making stabilized fresh cream frosting
  1. mix gelatine with water and leave it aside for 10 minutes. 
  2. Whipped cream with sugar until soft peak. 
  3. Microwave gelatine mixture for 20 sec, 10 sec burst and checking and making sure gelatine has dissolved. 
  4. Let it cool down but not set. 
  5. Slowly beating the cream while adding gelatine, then whipped at high speed until stiff.
Frost the cake with stabilized fresh cream and decorate with fresh summer fruits


  1. Happy Birthday to your husband! This cake looks fantastic.



  2. Happy birthday to your hubby. I am so in love wt the photos. Subject is sharp whilst background is blur. Can u share how u set the camera setting and brand/model of the camera used.

    1. Terimakasih Azie :D

      I have Nikon D7000 and most of the food shots were taken with prime lens 50mm.
      You are welcome to visit my flickr webpage to see the camera settings.
      Link : https://www.flickr.com/photos/mykeuken/

  3. Beautiful cake...I love how you decorated with fresh fruits on it...I am sure that if the cake was left out of rate fridge it would have a softer crumb...
    Happy Birthday to your husband...enjoy your weekend Lisa :)

  4. How beautiful! Happy birthday to your husband, Lisa!

  5. This looks gorgeous and delicious. Happy birthday to your husband. :)

  6. Happy Birthday to your loved one! That's a very beautiful cake to celebrate.

  7. I crossed along some blogs and end up in this beautiful page. Love your blog and I hope we can be blogger friend... and I like your recipe butter cake here. Well noted. thx for sharing :)