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The Most Amazing White Cake recipe is light and airy, and absolutely gorgeous. This is the white cake you’ve been dreaming of!

A slice removed from the most amazing white cake on a cake stand.

Ever since the Most Amazing Chocolate Cake became a viral sensation, people have been begging for a Most Amazing White Cake. It took ten rounds of experimentation and testing to perfect the white cake, but we’ve finally reached “the one.” We’ll continue on with a bunch of tips and trips to give you your best chance at success with this cake. White cakes are more finicky and tricky than chocolate cakes, but when made well, they are absolutely perfect and blow those boxed cake mixes out of the water.

Parchment Paper:

When making a white cake we highly recommend lining the bottom of the cake pan with parchment paper. This prevents a thicker crust from forming on the bottom as well as ensures that your cake will come out of the pan in one piece. We used butter to grease the pans for this recipe and we do not flour the pan. Butter only worked best.

Room Temperature Ingredients:

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, simply warm it in the microwave for 30 seconds. 

Cake flour vs. All-Purpose Flour:

Cake flour will give you the lightest, most airy cake. You can always use all-purpose flour in a pinch, but it will not produce as light of a cake. Because of this, we highly recommend using cake flour.

Almond Extract vs. Clear Vanilla Extract:

Almond extract is used in a white cake. We know that some people aren’t fond of almond extract, or feel the flavor is too strong. Almond extract is clear so it is ideal for a white batter. You can buy clear vanilla extract to use if you prefer that flavor. The almond extract in this recipe can also be reduced by half if desired. We prefer the traditional almond flavor.

Cake Fillings for The Most Amazing White Cake:

White cakes are ideal for experimenting with different fillings and frosting. We love a traditional buttercream with white cake. Lemon curd and raspberry jam make excellent fillings, but feel free to experiment with your own ideas and personal taste preferences.

How many cups of batter does this recipe make?

This recipe makes approximately 6 cups of batter. 

Cake Conversion Guide

Can this recipe be made into cupcakes?

Why yes it can! You can find the recipe for the Most Amazing White Cupcakes here.

Buttermilk Substitute:

You can use either milk or buttermilk in this recipe. You can even make your own buttermilk substitute! However, we love the addition of sour cream to our cake. If you’re feeling adventurous, use only 1 cup of milk or buttermilk plus 1/2 cup of sour cream.

Do you have a substitute for eggs?

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

Can I use a different pan size?

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.

Can I use a different frosting? 

You certainly can! White cake is amazing with things like lemon curd and raspberry fillings. For the whitest frosting, we highly recommend using 7 Minute Frosting.

Can I make this recipe gluten free?

Use gluten-free flours at your own risk. Not all gluten-free flours are equal and most don’t work as a straightforward substitute for all-purpose flour. We have not tested any gluten-free flours in this recipe.

Do you have a chocolate version?

Why yes, we do. We call it The Most Amazing Chocolate Cake.

Do you have a vanilla version?

Why yes, we do. We call it The Most Amazing Vanilla Cake.

A white cake on a cake stand with one slice removed.

Storage Instructions:

Store your cake in an airtight container for up to 3 days on the counter. Beyond 3 days, it will dry out.

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Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTubeFacebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

A slice removed from the most amazing white cake on a cake stand.
The Most Amazing White Cake is here! It's light, and airy, and absolutely gorgeous. This is the white cake you've been dreaming of!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

White Cake Batter

  • 1 cup salted butter , softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1/2 cup sour cream , room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large egg whites , room temperature
  • 1 cup milk or buttermilk , room temperature

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups salted butter , softened
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Grease two 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 and sugar together. Beat in almond extract. Beat in sour cream until just combined.
  • Use a fork to combine the eggs and milk together in a bowl or 2 cup liquid measuring cup. Set aside.
  • In another mixing bowl stir together cake flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix in until just combined. Add in half of the milk mixture and combine. Add in another 1/3 of the dry ingredients until combined followed by the remainder of the milk mixture. Add in the remainder of the dry ingredients and mix with the hand mixer until just combined, using a rubber spatula to scrape the sides and bottom to make sure everything is mixed in.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Let sit in pans for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before layering and frosting.

Buttercream Frosting

  • Use a hand mixer to whip softened butter and almond extract together. Slowly add in powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time. Thin out with milk if it gets too thick.
**This recipe can be made into two thicker 9-inch layers or three thinner layers. The photos and video tutorial included with this recipe show two layers.
**You can either use the 1 cup milk or buttermilk plus 1/2 cup sour cream, or you can omit the sour cream and simply use 1 1/2 cups of milk or buttermilk. 


Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 272mg | Potassium: 240mg | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 520IU | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: White Cake
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