- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk, room temperature
Preheat the Oven:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
Mix Dry Ingredients:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Cream Butter and Sugar:
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy.
This can be done using a hand mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
Add Eggs and Vanilla:
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
Alternate Dry Ingredients and Milk:
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture in three parts, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix.
Pour Batter into Pans:
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Smooth the tops with a spatula.
Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. The baking time may vary, so start checking around 25 minutes.
Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Frost or Serve:
Once the cakes are completely cool, you can frost them with your favorite frosting or serve them as is. A classic choice is vanilla buttercream frosting.
Slice and Enjoy:
Slice the vanilla cake into wedges, serve, and enjoy!
For an extra layer of flavor, you can add 1 or 2 teaspoons of almond extract along with the vanilla extract.
Feel free to get creative with the frosting. Chocolate, cream cheese, or fruit-flavored frostings all pair well with a classic vanilla cake.
This Vanilla Cake recipe is versatile and perfect for any occasion. Whether you enjoy it plain, with a dusting of powdered sugar, or adorned with your favorite frosting, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser.