The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe!

The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe – A vanilla cake recipe that is quick, easy, and delicious! Made from scratch, this cake is perfect for every occasion!

Best Vanilla Cake Recipe - A one bowl vanilla cake recipe that is quick, easy, and delicious! Made from scratch, this cake is perfect for every occasion! //

It is finally here! The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe! This is the recipe that many of you have been requesting by emailing, commenting, and messaging me for some time now. As promised, here is the recipe that I think is the very best vanilla cake I’ve ever tasted!

And topped with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting? Oh my word! It is perfection!


The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe!

One of the (many) things that I love about this recipe is that it is versatile as any cake could ever be! It is perfect served with a thick coating of my chocolate buttercream or cut into pieces and served as part of a trifle and so much more!

Best Vanilla Cake Recipe - A one bowl vanilla cake recipe that is quick, easy, and delicious! Made from scratch, this cake is perfect for every occasion! //

To make my Vanilla Cake, I start by making sure that I’ve prepared my cake pans for baking. I recommend coating them butter and then lightly flouring the pans. You can also use baking spray, such as Baker’s Joy, if you like.

Once you have all of the cake batter mixed well, evenly distribute it among the prepared cake pans and bake until the cake releases from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes.

You’ll want to let your cake layers cool in the pans for about 10 minutes. I like to let them cool in the pans on my wire racks so that air can circulate well around the pan. Then, simply (and carefully) flip the cake layers out of their pans and let them cool completely on the wire rack.

The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe Options

Like my Chocolate Cake Recipe, this Vanilla Cake Recipe works well if with a few modifications as well:

As a Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake Recipe:

To make the cake as a gluten-free vanilla cake recipe, I’ve successfully used an equal amount of Cup 4 Cup gluten-free flour in place of the all-purpose flour listed in the recipe.

As an Egg-Free Vanilla Cake Recipe:

To make the cake an egg-free vanilla cake recipe, I’ve used 2/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of the 2 large eggs in the recipe.  You will note that you may have to bake the cake just a few minutes more. Be sure to check with the skewer for doneness.

Some people were having issues with the cake falling after baking, so I went back to the kitchen with the recipe and found that this variation of my vanilla cake tested perfectly for me as well as other recipe testers that I asked to test the recipe. The original vanilla cake recipe that I published was based off of my ever popular chocolate cake recipe, but I found that using my butter cake as a base produced the most successful results by a wider range of recipe testers. If you preferred the original vanilla cake recipe that I shared, simply use my Chocolate Cake Recipe and replace the cocoa powder with the same amount of flour.

Best Vanilla Cake Recipe - A one bowl vanilla cake recipe that is quick, easy, and delicious! Made from scratch, this cake is perfect for every occasion! //

Here’s my The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe! I hope you love it as much as we do!

The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe

The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe - A vanilla cake recipe that is quick, easy, and delicious! Made from scratch, this cake is perfect for every occasion!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 12 people
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch



  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare three 8-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk through to combine. Set aside. 
  • Cream butter until fluffy and then add sugar. Cream together for about 8 more minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, and mix just until combined. 
  • Add flour mixture and buttermilk, alternately, beginning and ending with flour. Combine each addition until well combined.
  • Add vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined. 
  • Divide among pans and bake for 25-30 minutes until edges turn loose from pan and toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire cooling racks and allow to cool completely. 
Tried this recipe?Share a photo on Instagram and tag me with @addapinch and #addapinch!

Robyn xo

114 comments on “The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe!”

  1. Hello! I have 9″ round pans. How much batter should i pour in each pan?

  2. I have a question can I make vanilla cupcakes out of this recipe

  3. Hi! I tried the chocolate cake which turned out beautifully so now going to try this one. I am confused on the pans. Is it 2 or 3 9-inch pans? Also would it work well with the strawberry buttercream recipe! Thanks. Your site is my go to site for recipes! It’s easy to follow and great recipes!

  4. hi can you do a video also for the vanilla cake. its easy to remember when you watch than just reading. thanks for the recipe

  5. Can I half this recipe?

  6. Hi Robyn – I am wondering if this works for cupcakes in the same way that your chocolate cake does and if I need to make any modifications or just reduce the bake time?



  7. How many cups of batter does this produce? I’d like to use it in a 12×18” sheet pan.

  8. Best vanilla cake I’ve tasted in a very long time. Easy to make too. 

  9. Beautiful and nice 

  10. Just wanted to double check the flour amount – 3 cups of flour? (Since the chocolate cake only calls for 2  cups of flour). Thank you 

  11. I need to make this as a sheet cake. Do I increase the baking time at all? Thanks a lot!

  12. Hello i want to ask how many ml is your cup and cake i use a hand whisk instead of the electric one, im dying to try this recipe thanks 

  13. Hi from Oz. I’m embarking on becoming a cake decorator, and need a cake that can cope with freezing, and  jumping in and out of the fridge, potentially being refrigerated for a few days before being eaten. It would be frosted with SM buttercream and boxed of course. Your chocolate cake recipe is incredible for this, and it stays fresh for days, so Thankyou for that. I’m just hoping you could suggest which of your vanilla/butter/white cake you suggest is best for this kind of thing? 
    Thankyou so much. 

  14. Looks delicious. I made your white cake for my mother-in-law (who has a cake making business) and she loved it!

    In this recipe, can I use coconut cream or coconut milk to replace the buttermilk? 

  15. Hi, can I substitute the butter with oil?

    • Hi Maritha,
      I do have some information about this in my post…

      I’ve additionally tested the chocolate cake recipe with additional oils, as well as butter. I’ve tested using an equal amount of melted coconut oil to the vegetable oil called for in the recipe. I’ve also tested using the same volume of melted butter in place of the oils in the chocolate cake. While it does make the cake texture slightly different, it is still mighty delicious and worth trying if you’d prefer to use butter in place of oils in your chocolate cake.
      Hope this helps! Enjoy!

  16. I made this cake today. Very nice. My family really liked. My question: if I was to make this cake with egg whites only, and clear vanilla, would it be more of a “white” cake? Maybe the density would be a bit finer? Thank you.

  17. Hi, can i make a sheet cake using this recipe? how long should i bake for? also, how can i stop the cake from doming? i end up having to cut quite a chunk off to level it. (the cut offs don’t go to waste though, the kids devour it!!) i made the chocolate cake recipe into a sheet cake and it went down a treat.

  18. I try the cake recipe, and it was perfectly bake and taste wonderful, best cake ever. Thanks.

  19. Superbest cake recipe.

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