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How To Make A Classic Vanilla Cake

How To Make A Classic Vanilla Cake

How To Make A Classic Vanilla Cake

A classic vanilla cake is a timeless dessert loved by many. Its delicate and moist crumb, combined with the sweet and fragrant flavor of vanilla, makes it a favorite for birthdays, celebrations, or simply as a delightful treat.

Making a classic vanilla cake from scratch allows you to experience the joy of baking and create a homemade masterpiece that will impress your family and friends. This recipe will guide you through the process of making a classic vanilla cake that is sure to satisfy your sweet cravings.

In This Recipe


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk

For The Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk (if needed for desired consistency)

Equipments Needed

  • Two 9-inch round cake pans
  • Parchment paper
  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer
  • Wire rack
  • Offset spatula or butter knife

Step-by-Step Instructions

Making The Cake

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease two 9-inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper for easy removal.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy. You can use an electric mixer for this step, starting on low speed and gradually increasing to medium-high.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter-sugar mixture, beating well after each addition. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure everything is fully incorporated.
  5. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients, mixing on low speed after each addition until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as it can result in a denser cake.
  7. Divide the batter equally between the prepared cake pans, smoothing the tops with a spatula.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  9. Once baked, remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. Then, transfer the cakes onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Making The Frosting

  1. While the cakes are cooling, prepare the vanilla buttercream frosting. In a large mixing bowl, beat the softened butter until creamy.
  2. Gradually add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. If needed, add a tablespoon of milk at a time until the desired consistency is reached. The frosting should be smooth and spreadable.
  5. Once the cakes are completely cooled, place one cake layer on a serving plate or cake stand. Spread a generous amount of vanilla buttercream frosting evenly over the top.
  6. Carefully place the second cake layer on top and frost the entire cake with the remaining buttercream, using an offset spatula or butter knife to create a smooth finish.
  7. Optionally, you can decorate the cake with sprinkles, fresh berries, or any other desired toppings.
  8. Slice and serve the classic vanilla cake, savoring each moist and flavorful bite.

Preparation Time: Approximately 45 minutes.

Cooking Time: Approximately 25-30 minutes.

Nutritional Values

Values for Classic Vanilla Cake (Per serving, based on 12 servings):

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  • Calories: 400 kcal
  • Total Fat: 19 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12 g
  • Trans Fat: 0.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 110 mg
  • Sodium: 280 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 55 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0.6 g
  • Total Sugars: 39 g
  • Protein: 4 g

Please note that these values are approximate and may vary depending on specific ingredients and serving sizes.


Creating a classic vanilla cake from scratch allows you to indulge in a moist and flavorful dessert that is sure to impress. With a preparation time of approximately 45 minutes and a cooking time of around 25-30 minutes, you can have a homemade cake ready to be enjoyed in no time.

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