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! Serve it simply with my ‘Vanilla Buttercream’ recipe or dress it up for just about any occasion!

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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

Simple Vanilla Cake Recipe sliced cake

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:

  • 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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More Recipes!

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!

Need some supplies to make this recipe? You can get them here (Amazon affiliate links):

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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