CPK butter cake | Source: Facebook/californiapizzakitchen
CPK butter cake | Source: Facebook/californiapizzakitchen

Sink Your Teeth into This CPK Butter Cake Recipe for the Perfect Dessert

Milla Sigaba
May 11, 2024
09:30 A.M.
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Whether you're a novice baker or a seasoned pro, this CPK butter cake recipe will transform your kitchen into a haven of sweet delight. Ready to impress your guests and satisfy your sweet tooth? Read on to master this delectable dessert.

When you think of California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), it's likely their innovative pizzas spring to mind. However, tucked away in their dessert menu lies a gem that's arguably even more indulgent — the CPK butter cake.

Known for its dense, moist texture, and rich buttery sweetness, this cake offers a sublime finish to any meal. What’s more, it’s surprisingly simple to recreate at home.

With a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of homemade cream cheese frosting, you can bring a slice of CPK’s culinary delight into your own kitchen. Continue reading to master the art of baking this heavenly treat.

Mastering the Basics of the CPK Butter Cake Recipe


  • 2 to 2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (gluten-free substitute available)
  • 2 to 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1 teaspoon each of almond and vanilla extract)
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (or regular milk)
  • 1/4 cup condensed milk (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • For the Optional Cream Cheese Layer:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Required Appliances and Tools:

  • Springform pans or individual ramekins/cake pans
  • Stand mixer with a paddle attachment or a hand mixer
  • Kitchen torch for caramelizing sugar (optional)
  • Non-stick spray or butter for greasing the pan
  • Parchment paper (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Generously butter the bottom and sides of your chosen cake pan. Coat with sugar to ensure an even layer that adheres to the butter.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, blend the softened butter and sugar until creamy. Gradually add in the eggs, then the flour mixed with baking powder, alternating with buttermilk, ensuring the mixture remains fluffy yet dense.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, filling only up to 3/4 to allow space for rising.
  5. For those adding the cream cheese layer, whip together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl. Gently layer this mixture over the batter.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 to 75 minutes, depending on the size of the pan, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the top is golden brown.
  7. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream or as is for a delightful treat.

Cream cheese ingredients:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream cheese directions:

  1. In a small bowl, use a hand mixer or a stand mixer set at medium-high speed to whip the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth and well-creamed.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla extract to the cream cheese mixture, continuing to mix until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. Once your butter cake has been prepared and is still warm from the oven, gently spread the cream cheese mixture on top, creating a smooth, even layer.
  4. The final touch is simple: serve and enjoy! This layer adds a luxurious texture and depth of flavor that makes the CPK butter cake even more irresistible.

Now that you’ve mastered the CPK butter cake recipe, you have all the tools needed to whip up this delectable dessert that promises to impress at any gathering. With its buttery goodness and rich flavor, it’s sure to become a new favorite.

Looking to expand your dessert repertoire further? Dive into our next culinary adventure by exploring our article on how to perfect this banana pudding recipe without bananas.

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