Butter Cake

prep time: 10
cook time: 54


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 whole large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • Garnish: Confectioners sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack in middle. Butter a 9 inch round cake pan, then line bottom with a round of parchment paper then butter parchment. Lightly dust with flour.

Whisk together flour (1 3/4 cups), baking powder, and salt.

Beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add whole egg, yolk, zest, and vanilla and beat 1 minute. At low speed, mix in flour mixture and milk alternately in batches.

Spread batter in cake pan and bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 38 minutes. Cool cake in pan 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack.