Sun Butter Sunflower Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 1 3-layer 8-inch cake
For the Sun Butter Cake:
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • ½ cup (4 ounces, 1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¾ cup sun butter
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • ¾ cup sour cream,room temperature
  • ½ cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
For the Sun Butter Frosting:
  • 2 cups (1 pound) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 ½ pounds powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups sun butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon fine salt
  • ⅓ cup whole milk or heavy cream
To make the Sun Butter Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three 8-inch cake pans with baking spray, set aside. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together, set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugars at medium speed until pale in color and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add sun butter and beat until combined, 1 minute. Scrape bowl and paddle as needed.
  3. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. In a spouted cup, whisk together sour cream, buttermilk, and vanilla.
  5. With mixer on low speed add dry-mixture in three additions alternately with wet-mixture in two additions, beginning and ending with the dry-mixture. Give batter a final stir by hand.
  6. Divide between pans, smoothing out top and tap pans against the counter to release any pockets of air. Bake for 20 to 24 minutes, rotating halfway. A toothpick inserted should come out mostly clean with a few moist, not wet, crumbs. Let cakes rest in pans for two minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely.
To make Sun Butter Frosting:
  1. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter until pale in color and aerated, about 3 minutes, on medium speed. Gradually add in powdered sugar followed by sun butter, vanilla, salt, and milk. Scrape bowl and paddle as need. Raise speed to medium-high and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Cake recipe adapted from Life, Love & Sugar
Recipe by Layer Cake Parade at