Butter Cake from CPK recipe

Have you ever had the butter cake from California Pizza Kitchen? If not, you should. Then, if you love it as much as I do, you should make it at home with this recipe. It’s not exactly like the butter cake from CPK (it never is), but it’s pretty darn close.

And of course, I add condensed milk to my butter cake recipe because every dessert is better with condensed milk.


Butter Cake Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of butter (softened)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder (Oops! I forgot this part.)

Before you jump into baking this cake, check out the star of Baking with Bunny going at it in the kitchen. She loves to bake with her mommy, so she just had to get in on this butter cake action πŸ˜‰

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Butter Cake Directions

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees
  • Butter the bottom of a cake pan (mine is about 9 inches)
  • Take some of that 1 cup of sugar to cover the bottom and sides of the pan
  • Mix all of the ingredients (in the order listed) in a mixer
  • Pour mixture into cake pan (note: this will rise!)
  • Bake for an hour, or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean


At the restaurant, it’s served warmΒ with vanilla ice cream on top. I highly recommend eating it this way… sooooo good! It’s so easy, even a three-year-old can make it. Seriously, click here to see if you didn’t watch the video!

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If you like this post, I suggest checking out my recipe for banana bread. It’s my favorite!

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  1. I love homemade desserts. Thanks for sharing.

    shernell / Reply
  2. I’ve never had the Butter Cake at CPK but you have me intrigued! I wonder if I could make a copy-cat healthier version of it! πŸ˜€

    Emily / Reply
  3. Wow– this looks amazing! Reminds me of 7-up cake! Totally making this one! Yummy!

    Constance / Reply
  4. Does this use all purpose flour or self rising flour

    Katelyn / Reply
  5. Really good. Loved the flavor. Would be nice served with fresh strawberries sliced and blueberries.

    Constance / Reply
  6. What size cake pan?

    Michele Lowrey / Reply
  7. Sounds like it’s definitely worth a try. I have all the ingredients so I will make it tomorrow! But I was wondering what size of pan you use? You mentioned in a comment a “standard” round cake pan. I have 8, 9, 10 12, 14 and 16 inch round cake pans. So I’m not sure which the standard is.

    Rose / Reply
  8. I’ve had CPK butter cake a number of times, and I LOVE IT! Gathering all of the listed ingredients from the list that you provided. What I did not see was baking powder. Unless I’m using Cake Flour, most from scratch recipes call for baking powder.
    Please Advise!
    Thanks- A Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving to You πŸ™‚

    Pmquarles / Reply
  9. Please comment on the baking powder question! How does this cake rise? Thank you!

    JO ANNE / Reply
    • Hi JoAnne… I don’t think I left that ingredient out of the recipe, but the cake does rise. Mine did without it.

      I’ll have to try this recipe again to be sure I didn’t forget to include it in the blog post and let you know to be sure!

  10. I loved watching your beautiful daughter make and mix this cake. I am going to share it at church for our potluck. I will have to double the recipe though so every one gets a piece. It really looks so good.

    Cheryl Barnes / Reply
    • Aw, thank you so much. we do so much baking together. You can see more videos on YouTube.com/BakingWithBunny. I hope everything is yummy for your potluck. Thanks for the sweet comment πŸ™‚

  11. Where is the original recipe that calls for parchment paper under the butter and sugar? It also incorporated cream cheese on the top. I made THAT recipe quite a few times but now it’s been replaced with this. Could you please let me know where to find it. Thank you

    Theresa Gilmore / Reply
    • Hi Theresa. This is the only butter cake recipe that has ever been on my blog, but I think I know what you’re referring to. A link to this post was recently added to a recipe website. It was added because a prior butter cake recipe blog post was deleted and no longer exists. That may be what you’re referring to. I’m sorry I can’t help more.

  12. I made this tonight and it came out almost perfect. One thing that was missing was salt. I’m not sure if you assumed the butter was salted but I typically only use unsalted butter when I bake. I’m thinking maybe 1/2 should be enough. Also I made mine in ramakins instead of a pan and my bake time was cut about 15 minutes. Thanks for the recipe!

    Richard / Reply

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