Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 13th August 2010

The wedding has passed, my family has returned home and I can honestly say I can’t remember when I felt this exhausted.  I loved having my family here, they have only been gone a couple of days and I miss them so much already.  I haven’t done much of anything these last two days (trying to recuperate from the wedding festivities).

A close up photo of an iced butter cake with a piece cut and removed slightly away from full cake.

A friend was stopping by for a visit yesterday and I wanted to make a little something to go with coffee.   I didn’t have too much time so I decided to go with Donna Hay’s quick and easy, iced butter cake.

A photo looking down on a iced butter cake cooling on a wire rack on a piece of parchment paper.

It takes very little time to make and the best part of the recipe, everything comes together in one bowl. Clean up is a breeze and another bonus, it bakes at a low temperature, keeping the kitchen relatively cool, the air conditioner isn’t working double duty, perfect with the humid weather we’ve been experiencing.

A photo of a slice of butter cake with basic icing on a black square plate with a silver dessert fork on a white cloth napkin placed on a black placemat.

The butter cake is extremely moist and it can be eaten plain but I decided to glaze it with a basic icing, it gives it just the right amount of sweetness.  If you prefer, you could add lemon or orange juice with a little grated rind to the icing to give it a citrus flavour.   You could also add citrus, coffee or spices to the cake to give it another dimension of flavour (see below).

A photo of a butter cake iced with basic white icing on a wire rack with a large silver spoon sitting on a piece of parchment resting on a brown tea towel.

Whatever way you decide to dress up this cake, the flavours are sure to please and impress your family or friends.

A photo of Donna Hay's iced butter cake on a white cake stand with blue and white ribbon.

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Comments (32)

32 Responses to “Donna Hay’s Quick and Easy Iced Butter Cake”

  1. Deborah Says:

    Wow looks lovely and light! First thing that came to mind when I saw it was I’d add lemon..and I see you suggested doing so with the icing! Definitely something I will bake! Thanks for sharing and have a super weekend!

  2. Grace Says:

    So delicious Deborah, actually going to enjoy another piece right now.

  3. Ryan Says:

    Put your feet up and have a well deserved rest, yummy looking cake and hey! Only 1 bowl to wash up.

  4. Grace Says:

    Thanks Ryan, feeling a little guilty, house all to myself tonight and enjoying the calm.

    p.s. love the redesign on your site, looks amazing!

  5. susan Says:

    this looks delicious. perfect for those saturday mornings when I have to whip something up to take to friends! yum!

  6. Ambika Says:

    Such a versatile recipe…absolutely perfect!

  7. Grace Says:

    So versatile Ambika, I think it would be great layered with a little light custard and some sliced fresh fruit, what do you think?

  8. Tom Ogletree Says:

    Grace my neighbor would bake me a lemon version of this…to die for

  9. Grace Says:

    I would have used lemon but the kids won’t eat any desserts with any type of citrus unless it is a savoury dish, go figure! I love citrus, I think it wakes up all the flavours, although this tastes pretty darn good as is, so buttery and moist.

  10. Memoria Says:

    Wow. I love how simple this cake is! Goodness!

  11. Grace Says:

    Very simple Memoria but really delivers in flavour and so moist.

  12. Marly Says:

    Whatever way you ice it, I like the way you slice it…nice, big pieces! This looks too yummy and glad you recuperated from the wedding festivities!

  13. Pretty. Good. Food. Says:

    Oh man this looks delicious! And your photographs are beautiful! Everything here looks great!
    I recently launched my own blog, I’d love for you to check it out and let me know what you think! :) Thanks!

  14. Grace Says:

    Thank you Meredith! Your site looks great, those whoopi pies look delicious! Welcome to the world of food online. I am pretty new to blogging as well, only a few months. Keep in touch.

  15. Beth Says:

    I made this tonight and enjoyed it a lot, actually. I was surprised because I thought I had really screwed it up – I forgot to add the eggs and realized my error after the cake had been in the oven for a minute or so. I retrieved the cake, beat the eggs, and then put the batter in the eggs and folded/mixed it all together with a spatula.

    My cake was pretty dense – do you think this is why? Or is it supposed to be dense? It was kind of like a pound cake, but not quite. It was moist, though and the flavor was very good.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. I’ll definitely try it again. Mine didn’t have an eggy taste or cornbread taste like some of the butter cakes have, so I really enjoyed it.

  16. Grace Says:

    What a great save Beth! Glad you enjoyed the cake! When I made the cake it was lighter than a pound cake and moist like yours. I think maybe if you try it again including the eggs from the beginning it will probably turn out a little lighter. Try not to over-mix I do that sometimes when I am doing too many things at once and I find my cakes will then turn out a little denser and sometimes dry. Thanks for commenting on the post, I haven’t made the cake in a while and I was just trying to think of a cake to bring to my Mom’s to enjoy with coffee tomorrow, this will be perfect, quick and easy.

  17. Beth Says:

    Thanks for responding!

    I have a hard time with judging about overbeating, too. It is very possible I did just that. I need to work on it, but man, it is just so hard to tell when to stop!

    The cake was totally delish, though – great flavor, and would be a great cake to stack due to it being a little on the denser side. Yum, yum.

    Thanks again!

  18. Beth Says:

    Second time making this cake tonight!

    My sister, niece, and nephew are visiting; my nephew’s birthday is at the end of this month, so we wanted to have a mini-birthday party complete with cake for him. I remembered this delicious cake and whipped it up in a snap – it is probably the easiest cake, ever, to make, and the results are truly delicious – moist and yummy!

    He asked for a green cake with green icing, so a few drops of green food coloring were added to the milk, but otherwise, the instructions were followed. This time, I made sure not to forget the eggs!

    We did use a half batch of a different icing since a more birthday-cake-ish icing was necessary, but next time I’ll give the icing you cited a try!

    Thanks again for passing this recipe along…the cake was really enjoyed by everyone!

  19. Grace Says:

    I am so very happy you enjoyed Beth. It is an easy cake but really delivers. Best birthday wishes to your nephew, hope he had an amazing Birthday!!

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  21. torviewtoronto Says:

    delicious looking cake looks wonderful

  22. Susie Says:

    This looks so clean and pretty. I love the simplicity of a butter cake and how easy it is to manipulate the flavors. I need to make one YUM!

  23. Christine Says:

    Easy and tasty. Beautiful cake.

  24. Medeja Says:

    Oh, I really like the way it looks and the recipe!

  25. Anne@frommysweetheart Says:

    Sometimes the simplest recipes and flavors make for the most delicious cakes. This cake looks scrumptious just as it is…but I love all the variations you have to offer! : )

  26. Sandra Says:

    Very pretty Gracie. Can’t wait to try it.

  27. Sandra's Easy Cooking Says:

    Beautiful cake, and I love how moist and delicious it looks..congrats on top 9!

  28. Elyse @The Cultural Dish Says:

    This cake looks so moist and delicious! I love the icing dripping off too… so scrumptious!

  29. Kiri W. Says:

    So simple, yet so delicious sounding! Congrats on Top 9!

  30. SJ Says:

    Sometimes its the simplest recipes that are so good. And this looks delicious! And its just the right size! Definitely going to try this out!

  31. Elyse Says:

    Wondering whether to risk doubling the recipe for a deep cake…

  32. Grace Massa Langlois Says:

    Elyse did you receive my response by email? I wasn’t able to sign into the administrative side of my site until just now. I think you should be okay to double the recipe, the technique is pretty basic, just be sure to keep in mind you may have o beat for a little longer to bring the batter to smooth consistency.

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