simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream

Simple Vanilla Cake Recipe


A good recipe for simple vanilla cake is priceless! Vanilla cake is a great base for any cake, whether you’re making a simple treat or extravagant dessert. It’s also perfect for adding delicious fillings, flavorings and just about any frosting! This recipe yields a very tender and moist cake with just the right amount of sweetness! Here are a few flavor ideas that you try with this recipe: lemon flavor with lemon juice and lemon zest (I recommend using lemon zest from 2 lemons); strawberry, raspberry or blueberry flavor – just toss the berries in cornstarch and add; coconut flavor- add a bit of coconut extract and 1 cup flaked coconut. These are just a few ideas – the possibilities are endless!

Here’s a quick pan sizing guide for you – use this recipe for 2 or 3, 8-inch rounds; 2, 10-inch rounds; 13×17-inch jelly roll pan for a sheet cake; also makes 24 cupcakes.

Need a simple vanilla frosting to go along with this cake? Click HERE to get the recipe for the vanilla buttercream!

Watch my video recipe for step-by-step instructions! 


This simple vanilla cake is so tender, moist and delicious in it’s own simple way. I love delicate layers of cake and frosting in this photo – elegant and simple!
Simple Vanilla Cake Recipe

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Next, try my ‘Perfect Chocolate Cake’ for all your chocolate cake needs!

Also, try this cake with my whipped cream frosting! Get the recipe:

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I love my handy, handheld KitchenAid mixer for when I don’t need my larger stand mixer.
This set of nesting glass mixing bowls are great for food prep.
These 8-inch aluminum cake pans are my favorite for baking cake layers.
And these pre-cut parchment paper rounds are a huge time saver.


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