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The Most Amazing Vanilla Cake is moist and flavorful and made completely from scratch. It’s the best homemade vanilla cake you’ll ever have!

A slice of Vanilla Cake with chocolate frosting on a white plate

Ever since my Most Amazing Chocolate Cake became a viral sensation, people have been begging me to create the most amazing versions of a variety of different cakes. I’ve already made the Most Amazing White Cake which has gotten rave reviews, as well as its cousin the Funfetti Birthday Cake. Today I’m bringing you a vanilla version. I think you’ll be equally as happy with it.  You’ll never used a boxed yellow cake mix again!

When making a a vanilla cake,  I highly recommend lining the bottom of the cake pan with parchment paper. This prevents a thicker crust forming on the bottom as well as ensures that your cake will come out of the pan in one piece. I have used both butter and nonstick cooking spray to grease my pans for this recipe and I do not flour the pan. Both work great.

Vanilla Cake with chocolate frosting with a slice removed on a white cake stand

This recipe is written for three 9-inch layers. A three tiered cake produces the ideal cake to frosting ratio. A 9-inch pan is a standard size. 8-inch and 10-inch pans will require adjustments to the recipe.

Several of the ingredients in the recipe are listed as being room temperature. By following this method you’ll have a better texture in the end so it is worth the patience.  For the milk, I simply warmed it in the microwave for 30 seconds because the idea of leaving it out on the counter to reach room temperature didn’t sit well with me.

This recipe is developed using salted butter because that is what most people tend to buy and have on hand. I like to keep my recipes convenient for home cooks so salted butter is used whenever possible in my recipes. Unsalted butter certainly works, but you may need to add a pinch more of salt. There is a combination of butter and vegetable oil in this recipe. I find that vegetable oil gives the cake a lot more moisture.

A slice of moist Vanilla Cake with chocolate frosting on a white plate with a fork

Feel free to use whatever frosting you’d like with this cake. In the photos I used a chocolate cream cheese buttercream just like I used for my Most Amazing Chocolate Cake.

Watch the video below where I walk you through every step of this recipe and share even more tips and tricks for the perfect white cake. As always, you can find my complete collection of full-length recipe demos on my YouTube Channel.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Can this recipe be made into cupcakes?

A: Why yes it can! They are baked at 325 degrees for 20-22 minutes and this recipe makes about 36 cupcakes.

Q: Can I make this recipe into only two layers?

A: Yes you can, you’ll need to divide the recipe by 2/3rds. But no, I won’t do the math for you. I truly believe that the most amazing chocolate cake must be 3 layers.

Q: Do you have a substitute for eggs?

A: There are numerous options for substituting eggs in baking recipes. You can always try using one of those.

Q: Can I use a different pan size?

A: You are certainly welcome to try, but you’ll need to adjust cooking times and be careful as to how much you fill the pan. This recipe is written for 9-inch round pans, which is a standard size and is meant to be eaten as a 3 layer cake.

Q: Can I make this recipe gluten free?

A: Use gluten free flours at your own risk. Not all gluten free flours are equal and most don’t work as a straight forward substitute for all-purpose flour. I have not tested any gluten free flours in this recipe as I do not have Celiac’s disease.

Q: Do you have a chocolate version?

A: Why yes I do. I call it The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake.

Vanilla Cake Recipe

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A slice of vanilla cake with chocolate frosting on a white plate
The Most Amazing Vanilla Cake is moist and flavorful and made completely from scratch. It's the best homemade vanilla cake you'll ever have! And it's easy to make too!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk room temperature
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  • Grease three 9-inch pans. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand mixer to cream the butter, vegetable oil, and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • Add in flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix until just combined. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to make sure everything gets mixed in.
  • Divide the batter among the three prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let sit in pans for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before layering and frosting with your favorite frosting.
Notes
This recipe can be made as three thin 9-inch layers, or two thick 9-inch layers. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 310kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 172mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 260IU | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vanilla Cake

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Melinda

Hello. I followed the recipe perfectly and made it into 4 6” cakes. I baked them for about 26 minutes each. When I checked the cake before that it wiggled in the center or toothpick cake out wet. The cake had great flavor and I am obsessed with your chocolate cake recipe, but for some reason this cake came out dry. When I cut it the piece literally fell out and the cake crumbled. Can you provide me with any tips? I’d like to say I’m a very competent baker and am wondering what I could have done wrong? I… Read more »

Melinda

I should also add I made it on Thursday, refrigerated and iced it on Saturday and ate it on Sunday. Could it have just been too old? I cut the tops of the cake off to even each cake out and I thought they were very moist and was worried if the inside was going to be too wet so I was surprised when it was super dry. Maybe it was just old?

Jocelyn

Hi Melinda!

Check her chart up top, you may have put too much batter into the pans. I did that once with 6 inch cake pans, and realized that 1 1/4 cup was the perfect amount, as stated above and it will bake perfectly in 25-30 minutes. Hope this helps!

Janelle

I saw in another comment that this vanilla batter can be marbled with the chocolate version (my FAVORITE cake by the way). I’m just curious if the different thicknesses of the batters make a difference. The batter for the chocolate cake is very thin – I was actually worried I had done something wrong the first time I made it! You stated that this batter is very thick, as is my usual vanilla cake recipe. I just don’t know if that will cause a problem when it’s time to marble the batters together. Thank you for any advice or suggestions!

Lucky

? my cake turned out really dry.. what could have gone wrong?

Cody

Amazing vannilla cake & supper moist thank you

Tomas

5 stars
This is one of the most amazing cakes I’ve ever baked, along with your chocolate one ?. Just one question, i usually bake them in one deep pan, do you have any too regarding temperature or cooking time of baking one big cake ?

Thank you !

Laurie

4 stars
This is a good cake, tasty cake with a nice crumb. My only comment is that I may reduce the amount of baking powder next time I try it. I found it had a strong baking powder taste with 4 teaspoons in it.

Arlene Sherbondy

Anxious to try this one along with the white & chocolate versions!! So glad I came across your site. Thank you for the recipes. I would like to add my 2 cents in reply to Gwen ( that complained about her cake drying out) …….in addition to keeping your cakes in a cake container as Rahel stated, after cutting my cakes I always place a piece of plastic wrap against the cut section. It’s always worked well for me & I’ve had friends steal my little secret after watching me do it.

5 stars
I am going to try and make this cake for my wife ? ?

Rhoda Ajiboye

4 stars
Yummy. The best vanilla cake I have made and ate so far.
Well done!

Dialnne Joyner

I found this cake to be all it promised, light, fluffy, easy to make and mainly delicious. I can highly recommend this recipe. It is also a 3 layer cake which is hard to find.

Helen Diane Waldrop

5 stars
Can’t wait to use my new mixer!

Carol Woods

Thanks for the metric conversion.

Carol

My grandson can not have corn oil or peanut oil or sunflower oil! Is there another oil I can use?
Thank you for the advice.

Grapeseed oil is a good neutral flavored oil.

This cake is amazing
day one. When I’d tasted that simply moist buttery cake I swooned. But the next day it was dry and crumbly. The next day was worst. I threw a lot of the cake away the third day. The moistness doesn’t last at all pass the 1st day.

You definitely want to make sure you store it properly in a cake container to keep it from drying out too much.

Serena

This is definitely the BEST vanilla cake recipe EVER!! This is my “go to” recipe for a vanilla or yellow cake base because it’s so perfect. I follow the recipe exactly and don’t change a thing except sometimes I’ll throw in add-ins like berries or chocolate chips. I’m amazed at how moist yet sturdy this cake is! Basically, it has the perfect crumb so it can hold up against heavier fillings and decorations without being dry. I will continue to use this recipe and stand back while friends and family ouuu and ahhh over the cakes I make!

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