I have hunted and hunted for the best vanilla cake recipe that didnt taste like box cake, and that didnt call for expensive cake flour…
Vanilla is my 3 year old’s favorite cake. Thats what she wanted for her birthday. I dont do box cakes. Well box anything really, I am always trying to find recipes that I can make myself.
After *many* failed attempts, I finally have the perfect vanilla cake recipe!
This cake is moist without sticking to your pallet, with a nice crust on top. I know, I know that sounds weird right? WRONG! Its amazing!
Not too sweet, not too bland. OMG, I think I have to have a piece RIGHT NOW.
1/2 stick of butter (I use salted) Room Temp.
2c granulated sugar
1c milk (WHOLE, it has more flavor)
2tsp. Vanilla extract *
4 lg. eggs
3/4c veg. oil
2 1/2c AP flour
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
*Use PURE vanilla extract, otherwise you’ll get that yucky after taste. It can be pretty expensive. I buy the bulk size at Wal-Mart of the McCormick brand. I think its $9. But it lasts forever. And trust me, I bake A LOT.
Cream butter, sugar. Add eggs one and a time.
Add milk, vanilla and oil.
Then add your baking powder.
Slowly add in your flour.
Grease your pan with Crisco! It works the best! And then I dust it with flour and the cake just POPS right out!!
Bake at 350 degrees…
If you want to make cupcakes the baking time is right around 20 minutes.
I use two 9″ cake pans and bake for 40 minutes
Okay so I have issues with buttercream. I LOVE it, except when I go to a bakery or restaurant.. It always is either WAAAAY too sweet or tastes like butter… Gross. But here is a buttercream that is sure to knock your socks off. It really is the bees knees! Ha!
3c. Conf. sugar
1c. Butter (again I use salted)
1tsp. Vanilla (again PURE vanilla extract)
1-2 Tbsp Heavy whipping cream (more or less depending on desired consistency)
You can also add 1/2tsp-1tsp of other flavored extracts! For this cake in particular I used raspberry! Pairs very well with vanilla..