Warm Butter Cake a la Mastro’s and a Giveaway!

February 8, 2011

in American,Cakes,Recipes

Warm Butter Cake a la Mastro's

Today I have two very sweet treats for you. A mouth watering butter cake recipe and a chance to win a $50.00 gift card to a certain on-line shop.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you already know that I work at a certain place mentioned here and here.

This place is a pretty sweet place to work. It’s almost as sweet at this cake, recipe and they both have almost the same amount of caloric value, considering we get free sodas, catered lunches, and a freezer fully stocked with yummy ice cream!

Well, back in December I won a $50 Buy.com gift card during our Holiday party, but I was saving it for a special occasion.

Given the fact that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought one of you might enjoy it. We have tons of cookbooks, bakeware, and even a wine store. So, I thought this would be the perfect time for me to share the wealth with you.

If you’ve never had the opportunity or need to explore our site, here is your chance and at no cost! ;)

Warm Butter Cake

Warm Butter Cake with Raspberry Coulis

Warm Butter Cake a la Mastro’s

Makes 4 cakes

Cake Batter
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Cream Cheese Layer

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 egg, room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 325.

Spray 4 mini springform pans with baking spray.

Prepare the cake batter

In a stand mixer cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar for 1-2 minutes. Add eggs one at a time and beat on low for 20 seconds after each addition. Whisk flour and salt, then add to creamed mixture. Beat on low until just incorporated, making sure not to over beat.

Prepare the cream cheese layer

In a small bowl whip together cream cheese and granulated sugar until creamed, add egg and vanilla extract.

Pour cake batter into prepared springform pans then top with a layer of the cream cheese mixture. Bake for 60 – 75 minutes, or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cakes.

Cake can be made a day ahead. When ready to serve microwave until hot approx 1 minute on 80% power then with a kitchen blow torch brûlée the top and sides of the cake to caramelize the sugar crystals.

To serve this cake a la “Mastro’s”, top with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, drizzle with raspberry coulis and top with a sprig of fresh mint.

Note: I chose to drizzle the cake with the raspberry coulis and then top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Warm Butter Cake

Warm Butter Cake a la Mastro's

Now for the Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed… the winner has be chosen.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit or shop at Buy.com, here’s your chance!

In order to be eligible to enter the contest:

  • Leave a comment on this post in which you mention what you would buy with your $50 Buy.com gift card.
  • You must have a US Mailing address since this is a US Buy.com gift card.
  • Don’t forget to leave me your email address in the comment form (it will not be published) so that I am able to contact you if you win.
  • For extra opportunities to win you can also do one or more of the following:

  • Follow @Buy_com on Twitter and leave me a comment saying you are a follower. If you are already a follower leave me a comment as well.
  • Become a Buy.com Fan on Facebook and leave me a comment saying you are a fan. If you are already a fan let me know in a separate comment as well.
  • Tweet about this giveaway and leave me a comment saying you tweeted.
  • Giveaway Details:

  • One (1) $50.00 USD Buy.com Gift Card
  • Deadline to enter: Friday February 11, 2011 11:59 PST
  • Winner announced: Saturday February 12, 2011
  • Good Luck Everyone!

    Warm Butter Cake a la Mastro's

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    { 56 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Ann February 9, 2011 at 12:03 am

    I would probably but another cookbook since I love them!


    2 Priyanka February 9, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Its so tempting :)


    3 Leslie February 9, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I’d put it towards new baby gear, for my little one due in June.


    4 Belinda @zomppa February 9, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Umm. I can’t take my eyes off BUTTER cake.


    5 Amy February 9, 2011 at 6:03 am

    New pots and pans! Mine are falling apart after 10 years.


    6 Michelle Vandergrift February 9, 2011 at 6:27 am

    I’ve been eyeing a cast iron stove top grill/griddle, so I’d probably put it towards one of those.


    7 Susan February 9, 2011 at 6:43 am

    I would by baking supplies! I recently graduated from college and need to stock a kitchen of my own…


    8 Samantha February 9, 2011 at 6:51 am

    I would buy some more baking pans! You can never have too many right?..


    9 Pamela Lopez February 9, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Hi Joseline ~ I think I would take my girls to the store and see what kind of gadgets they would like to add to our kitchen. They are 14 and 17 and LOVE to bake and cook! I think your website is amazing, as you are. When I first met Joe he said his mom had a food blog. What an understatement!



    10 Cristina February 9, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Josie: I luv the size of these little butter cakes and they look so moist. Great recipe and I like the yield size. Uses a lot of yummy butter! :)


    11 Maureen February 9, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I haven’t bought from Buy.com before but they have a great array of merchandise. I have been wanting a digital camera. I see that they have quite a number and I might put this towards the purchase.


    12 Laura February 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I’d use it towards an 11 cup cuisinart food porcessor for my mom. Even I have one that’s better than her ancient (and tiny) processor.


    13 Ella February 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I liked Buy.com on facebook.


    14 Ella February 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Wow! Talk about being overwhelmed with too many choices! Being practical, I should really get a new oven thermometer.


    15 Wendy February 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    I would buy some new shoes or running shoes. (the Womens Athletic Sneakers NIKE Air Force 1 ’07) I thought about buying more baking supplies but i have A LOT and i don’t think i should pile on some more! :D


    16 Lynn February 10, 2011 at 4:00 am

    Love this recipe!! Will try! Now I wish I had bought those little springform pans I was eyeing this weekend. Now this is my excuse!

    and I would buy two new silpat baking sheets! I have been wanting those forever! Crossing my fingers!!! Thanks for sharing!


    17 Liz February 10, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Those mini-cakes look incredible…love the cream cheese layer and that delicious coulis!

    I’d buy a citrus juicer :)


    18 Tiffany February 10, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I love the cream cheese layer of that cake! YUM!!!


    19 Gisele aka LA2LAChef February 10, 2011 at 7:59 am

    Hi Josie,

    Now following @Buy_com on Twitter. Will check out their Website.

    BTW, these little cakes look marvelous- and with the cream cheese surprise inside- just might have to try these.




    20 Gisele aka LA2LAChef February 10, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Buy.com- so many choices- I seem to need office supplies and health and beauty supplies right now…hmmm, but might get distracted by a book or two- who knows?


    21 The Chocolate Priestess February 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

    That’s very sweet of you but are you sure you don’t want to spend it yourself, Tiffany?


    22 Ang February 10, 2011 at 8:25 am

    First off, the butter cakes look amazing. I need to get me some individual cake pans. I love these, or those rather. Also, If I won, I would probably purchase another attachment for my kitchen aid. :) Have great day!


    23 Steph@stephsbitebybite February 10, 2011 at 9:41 am

    I have been wanting to use my mini springforms for something, and now I think I’ve found it!! YUMMY


    24 veggietestkitchen February 10, 2011 at 11:17 am

    your butter cake looks so wonderful and moist!!! i would buy a rectanguar tart pan! i have been dying for one for so long!!


    25 Katalina February 10, 2011 at 11:25 am

    new baking pots for sure! I am in so much need! :)


    26 Joy February 10, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    This looks wonderful. I am loving the cake recipe.;


    27 Kankana February 10, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    incredibly cute mini cakes :)


    28 Kate @ Diethood.com February 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Oh those butter cakes are definitely mouth watering – they look delicious!

    I would probably use the gift card towards a new stand mixer… like the KitchenAid one! :)


    29 Sabrina February 10, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Wow this looks mighty delicious! I would buy a salad spinner because I have just been putting it off for too long!


    30 C&C Cakery February 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    The $50 would be put towards a new Kitchenaid Stand Mixer. I’ve been saving my pennies and dimes for ages, so $50 would for sure help out! And it looks like buy.com has them with free shipping! Woohoo!


    31 Jeanne February 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Warm butter cake with cream cheese?! Is that available on buy.com? Cuz that’s definitely what I’d get! And if it’s not available I’d get a couple of cookbooks. By the way, I am so jealous that you get ice cream at work! :)


    32 Rebecca (Indecisive Baker) February 11, 2011 at 5:55 am

    I might put to towards something useful like an ERGObaby Carrier. I imagine I’ll need a carrier this time around with 2 other little children to chase after!

    Then again, I DO NEED new pots and pans. That would make a good dent in the cost!


    33 Rebecca (Indecisive Baker) February 11, 2011 at 5:58 am

    follow @buy_com on twitter


    34 Rebecca (Indecisive Baker) February 11, 2011 at 5:58 am

    twittered (onlymadaresane) about this giveaway!


    35 Gaby February 11, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Butter Cake?!? Say what? This just rocked my world!


    36 Michelle February 11, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I would buy some new cookies sheets and a new cake pan… Mine are rusting and I need to toss them out!


    37 Daisy Gwen February 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    I would use it to buy Castle In The Sky – the one Miyazaki film I haven’t seen! That man does beautiful things with children’s movies ;)


    38 Kita February 11, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    What a beautiful cake. Ive been seeing butter cakes recently and want to try one.

    Isn’t it amazing how hard it is to pick out what you would really buy if you had an extra $50. Theres my logical side saying I could use some office supplies and my …. well, my I have too many books as it is side going – NEW COOKBOOK! lol. Thanks for offering this g/c to a winner :)


    39 Lauren at KeepItSweet February 12, 2011 at 5:33 am

    I’d buy a new toaster oven which I really need!


    40 marla {family fresh cooking} February 12, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Josie, that Mastro’s butter cake is among the best desserts I have ever had. Yours looks amazing – thanks for sharing this recipe. With the Buy.com – I would get some more silicone bakeware. Great giveaway!


    41 Daydreamer Desserts February 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks Marla!


    42 a frog in the cottage February 13, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    it is not fair i can’t have a piece !!! my mouth is wide open & my stomach is crying for it !!


    43 Sandra February 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I am totally in love with this recipe and can’t wait to make it. I’m also sending it to my daughter in Dallas who is a baker as well. Truly mouthwatering and great pictures.


    44 Daydreamer Desserts February 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Great to hear Sandra! Let me know what you think once you make it.


    45 Angela@spinachtiger February 23, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Josie I love this dessert. It looks perfect for my next hungry bookclub meeting.


    46 Jenn June 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I love Mastro’s warm butter cake. I am so excited to try your recipe! It looks simply amazing!! Thank you for posting!!


    47 Easy Victor October 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I went with my wife and a couple of friends to dinner at Mastro’s a few weeks ago. We all agreed that the apps were very good, the steak good but not amazing, and that the butter cake made the entire meal worth going there! So, as soon as I got back to our place, I googled Mastro’s Butter cake and your recipe popped up. Copied it and sent it to my sister, and today she brought over 4 mini springform pans filled with the most incredible cakes! Your take on Mastro’s is dead-on! Perfect!

    Thank you!


    48 Daydreamer Desserts October 16, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    That’s great news! So glad you enjoyed my recipe! – Josie :)


    49 Caroline December 17, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Hi, I loved the butter cake. Do you have the recipe for Mastro’s Chocolate Pudding Cake (with creme anglaise)? It is to die for!


    50 Daydreamer Desserts December 18, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Hi Caroline, I actually don’t… but I’ll work on trying to figure it out. ;)


    51 Mike B February 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    I enjoyed this buttercake but I found it to be much cakey-er than the mastros version which is more like a crumble and denser…still a winner and thank you for posting!!


    52 Hillary May 1, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Hi, do you think this recipe could be baked in muffin pans? If so with our without a liner? And, at what baking temp and for how long? I really want to try the recipe tomorrow! But, I don’t have any mini springform pans. Plus, I love cupcakes and I think these would be wonderful as a little buttery cupcake drizzled with the raspberry coulis and a dollop of homemade whipped cream!


    53 Shar August 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

    HELP! I want to make these asap and I don’t know what size pans you are using? When I look the “mini” pans are listed as 4″ and 6″. Which one for this recipe? Thank you.


    54 Daydreamer Desserts August 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Shar, Sorry I wasn’t able to respond sooner I was out of the country and didn’t have internet access. For this recipe I used (4) 5-inch springform pans. – Josie


    55 deborah coven September 5, 2013 at 10:42 am

    can i make this in a regular sized springform pan? also, i have been to mastros and love the cake but never noticed cream cheese in it…does this taste like theirs truly or just a different delicous cake???!!!


    56 Daydreamer Desserts September 6, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Hi Deborah, I haven’t tried making it in a regular sized springform pan, it should be ok but you’ll definitely have to increase the baking time. In my personal opinion it tastes pretty close to the original. Enjoy! – Josie


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