California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Butter Cake


California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Butter Cake

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California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Butter Cake
California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Butter Cake

If you are looking for a sweet dessert to impress guests, then this California Pizza Kitchen Copycat Butter Cake is the dessert you are in search of. The butter cake recipe is a California Pizza Kitchen classic and easy to recreate at home. The butter cake recipe has a cakey base and a cheesecake-like topping.

The two textures meld to create the perfect bite of heaven. The cake forms a gorgeous crust and golden top, making it a great dessert to serve with guests. This cake recipe is deceptively simple. You could eat it by itself or serve it up with a scoop of ice cream. You could also use it as the base of a rich and delicious strawberry shortcake like they do at California Pizza Kitchen.

The best part of eating dinner out is the dessert! If you're taking the copycat route and making your favorite restaurant meals at home, why not make your favorite restaurant desserts, too? Whether you're making a simple butter cake or a classic copycat cheesecake recipe, dessert is sure to put a smile on your face.

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Preparation Time10 min

Cooking Time50 min

Cooking Vessel Size9-inch Round Cake Pan



  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9-inch cake pan with parchment paper. Butter the sides and bottom of the cake pan. Take 1-2 teaspoons of sugar and sprinkle it over the bottom and sides of the cake pan.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and beat with the sugar until fluffy.

  3. Gradually beat in the flour and baking powder until combined with the butter/sugar mixture.

  4. Add eggs in one at a time. Beat in vanilla and almond extract. Add buttermilk and beat until the batter is light and fluffy.

  5. Pour batter into a prepared cake pan, and bake for 50-60 minutes or until the cake is golden. It is done when a wooden skewer inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.

  6. Let cake cool in the pan for about 5 minutes. Carefully invert onto a cooling rack to cool further.

  7. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Did You Know?

California Pizza Kitchen definitely has a unique origin. Have you ever felt the need for a major career switch? Be thankful thatĀ Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax felt the need for one, otherwise, we wouldn't have California Pizza Kitchen! The pair were originally attorneys that decided to enter the restaurant business by focusing on California-style pizza.

The first restaurant opened in Beverly Hills, California on March 27th, 1985. The Original Barbeque Chicken Pizza that has become so popular is credited to this establishment. Thank goodness for that!

Today, California Pizza Kitchen has hundreds of locationsĀ in 16 countries and more than 14,000 employees. If one of those many locations isn't near you, you can still enjoy the delicious flavor of California-style pizza with their make-at-home frozen pizzas. You can find them in the freezer aisle of most grocery stores. Also, good news for gluten-free foodies: they have gluten-free pizza crust, too!

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OK. I see that one vanilla entry was meant to be almond extract

The vanilla is listed twice. Is this a typo or am I misunderstanding something?

This looks yummy, but at first glance, I thought this was a piece of cornbread. Now that gives me an idea that I might be able to use but I have to check the ingredient list for this butter cake first. This recipe uses basic ingredients that I usually have on hand all of the time. Cant wait to taste mine.

SO GOOD! Especially with some fruit on the top and a scoop of ice cream

Butter cake is so rich. I love it!


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