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California Pizza Kitchen Butter Cake copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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California Pizza Kitchen Butter Cake


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Imagine a giant soft sugar cookie with sweetened cream cheese on top and served warm as if it just came out of the oven and you have California Pizza Kitchen's Butter Cake, a delectable dessert described on the menu with five simple words: “Trust us…just try it.” 

This dessert is an easy one to prep in the restaurant since the cakes are made ahead of time and chilled until ordered. Once an order comes in the cake is zapped for a minute in the microwave, then topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and surrounded by dollops of whipped cream. You can prepare yours this way at home as well—make your cakes in advance, then chill them until dessert time. Or, you can serve the cakes right after they come out of the oven. Either way works.

The construction is an easy one—you’ll need four 4-inch cake pans, or ramekins, or anything you can bake in that is 4-inches across. To make the batter I used a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and it worked great, but a hand-held granny mixer also works.

I think you're gonna love this one. Trust me...just hack it.

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  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
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Tony Law
Mar 3, 2021, 07:46

I made this for my son's birthday and the whole family loved it!

LM LeSure
Feb 8, 2021, 04:05

Never been to a California Pizza Kitchen but this recipe looked easy and who doesn't love a cake named after butter? I am keto so I had to modify the recipe to use my own proprietary blend of keto flours. It turned out AMAZING! Also, I made it in a loaf pan because I don't own ramekins. I will definitely be making this again! It was so much better than I could have ever imagined! I didn't even need the ice cream!

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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