RECIPE : Party Butter Cake

Airplane Party Cake : Butter Cake Recipe : The Party Cupboard Edit
Airplane Party Cake : Butter Cake Recipe : The Party Cupboard Edit

This butter cake recipe is from The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book and is exactly what you need to help make the important birthday cake a great success! It always turned out really well for my mum at birthday time (well I thought it did growing up!) and I’ve also had success with it for my little ones…thus far! Big smiles all round!


  • 125g butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup milk


  • Ensure Butter and Eggs are at room temperature
  • Preheat oven to 180ºC
  • Beat butter with vanilla until light and creamy
  • Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition
  • Stir in half the sifted flour with half the milk, stir until combined
  • Add remaining milk and flour, stir in lightly, then beat until mixture is smooth
  • Grease and flour, or line, the cake tin
  • Spread mixture in prepared tin
  • Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean
  • Remove from oven and allow cake to stand in tin for 3 minutes
  • Turn onto a wire rack to cool

This recipe is for a deep 15cm/6″ round,  shallow 20cm/8″ round, 18cm/7″ square tin, cooked for 40-45 minutes. 

For a 22-23cm/9″ round or square, double the mixture and cook for 50-60 minutes. 

For a 20cm/8″ x 30cm/12″ lamington tin doulbe the mixture and for cook 35 minutes. 

For 30cm/8″ square, treble the mixture and  cook 1 hour, 15 mins 

Decorating Tips

Cakes are best made the day before the party as they are much easier to cut, ice and decorate when 1 day old; if they are too fresh crumbs from the cake will stick to the icing. In fact the best tip is to make the cake up to a month in advance and freeze. Allow to thaw in the fridge for 12 hours before decorating.