Vanilla Cake

Vanilla Cake Recipe

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This classic vanilla cake recipe will make the best vanilla cake you have ever tasted, I promise. It is quite easy to make too. I once baked it for our book club and it was a hit with the ladies. Since then, I have been assigned the role of “baker” in our book club, so every time we have our meetings, I always have to bring baked treats. I actually enjoy this role, as I find baking therapeutic.

Vanilla Cake

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 35 minutesTotal time: 50 minutesYields:1 large cake



  • Icing

  • Cake


  1. Whisk the eggs and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  2. Sift the dry ingredients. Combine the warm milk and oil in a jug.
  3. Gently fold in the sifted dry ingredients and the liquid mixture, using a large metal spoon.
  4. Turn out into two 20cm greased sandwich tins and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F/180°C for about 35 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and cool.
  5. Icing

  6. Cream the butter, icing sugar, and essence.
  7. Add enough milk to make the mixture light and creamy, and of a spreadable consistency.
  8. Sandwich the layers of cake together with icing, then ice the top of the cake.
  9. Variations

  10. For a different flavor, omit the vanilla essence and add grated citrus rind, fresh citrus juice, smooth cottage cheese, cocoa powder, or coffee powder.
  11. Granadilla Cake: Add 2 tablespoons of granadilla pulp to the cake mix and another 2 tablespoons to the icing.
  12. Orange ake: Substitute the milk and water with orange juice. Omit the vanilla essence and add 1 teaspoon grated orange rind.
  13. Nut Cake: Stir 2.6 oz (75g) chopped walnuts or any other nuts into the batter.
  14. Spice Cake: Sift 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ground ginger, and 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves together with the dry ingredients. Omit the vanilla essence.

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