simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream

Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe (video)


The best and only recipe you need for made-from-scratch vanilla cake! My vanilla cake recipe yields a very tender and moist cake with just the right amount of sweetness and vanilla flavor! This recipe uses just 8 simple, everyday ingredients that you probably already have! This recipe can be made both as a white cake or yellow cake. Serve it simply with my ‘Vanilla Buttercream’ recipe or dress it up for just about any occasion!

This cake recipe is from my ‘Back to Cake Basics’ series, where I share simple cake, frosting and filling recipes!

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White or Yellow Cake

This easy cake recipe can be made with all egg whites or whole eggs. Using just egg whites will yield a pure white cake. Whisk the egg whites separately, then fold into the batter. You can also use this recipe for a basic yellow or cream colored cake by using whole eggs in place of the egg whites. Both recipes will taste great!

Pan Sizing Guide
Here’s a quick pan sizing guide for you! This vanilla cake recipe can be used with many different pan sizes:
  • 2 or 3, 8-inch rounds; 2, 10-inch rounds
  • 13×17-inch jelly roll pan for a sheet cake; 10×10-inch square pan
  • 24 count cupcake pan
  • 10-inch bundt cake pan

white cake recipe with vanilla

Filling Ideas

This simple cake is perfect for adding delicious fillings, flavorings and just about any frosting! Here are a few flavor ideas that you try with this recipe:

  • Pair this cake recipe with my super easy ‘Vanilla Buttercream’!
  • Or, try it with my ‘French Buttercream’ recipe – a different kind of cake frosting that you never knew you loved!
  • 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!
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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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