Vanilla cake is a type of cake that is flavored primarily with vanilla extract or vanilla bean. It is a popular and classic cake flavor known for its simple, yet delicious taste.

Vanilla Cake

Recipe by caion


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The key ingredient that gives vanilla cake its characteristic flavor is vanilla, which is derived from the vanilla bean pod.


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 3 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (or 1 1/2 cups milk mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar or lemon juice)


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans or line them with parchment paper for easy removal.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set this dry mixture aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy. You can use an electric mixer for this step.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, ensuring each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next one. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix, as this can make the cake tough.
  • Divide the cake batter equally between the prepared pans and smooth the tops with a spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean, with just a few crumbs attached.
  • Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. Then, remove them from the pans and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Once the cakes are completely cool, you can frost and decorate them as desired. Popular frosting options for vanilla cake include buttercream, cream cheese frosting, or chocolate ganache.

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