The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe!

The 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!

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! // addapinch.com

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!

One of the (many) things that I love about this recipe is that it is a one bowl cake recipe! No need to pull out the hand mixer or to use a stand mixer for this cake recipe!

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! // addapinch.com

Then, just evenly distribute the cake batter 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.

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 a Dairy-Free Vanilla Cake Recipe:

To make the cake a dairy-free vanilla cake recipe, I’ve used almond milk, coconut milk, as well as rice milk in place of the dairy. While not dairy-free, I’ve also used buttermilk in place of the milk with great results.

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.

To Use Butter and Other Oils:

I’ve additionally tested the vanilla 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 vanilla 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 cake.

See what I mean, this is truly a Vanilla Cake that suits everyone’s needs!

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! // addapinch.com

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

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! // addapinch.com
Yield: 12 people

The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe

Total Time 45 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

The 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!

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Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil or melted coconut oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare two 9-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.
  2. Add flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to a large bowl. Whisk through to combine.

  3. Add milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla to a measuring cup and whisk until all are well combined.

  4. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and whisk until well combined. 

  5. Distribute the cake batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

33 comments on “The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe!”

  1. Hi Robyn , can i use vegetable oil instead of canola oil?

  2. Looks more like a yellow cake to me. Sorry to say, but it does. But if it’s a white cake, then it’s a white cake. 🙂

  3. I mean, a vanilla cake. Just thought of a vanilla cake, as a whitish color.

  4. Hi! I’m so excited to make this cake! Can it be baked in a 9 x 13 inch cake pan? Your chocolate cake is a Sunday staple at our house!

    • Hi Lisa!
      I’m so thrilled that you are excited about baking this vanilla cake – I hope you enjoy it too! 🙂
      Yes, you can bake it in a 9×13 and will bake at the same temp and same amount of time.
      I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!
      Thanks so much! xo

  5. Hi! Can I bake this in a single 9″ square or cake tin instead of 2? Thanks

    • I would not advise baking in a single pan. The recipe is sized for two 9 inch pans and you could have some spill over in the oven if try to bake in one 9 inch pan. I hope you enjoy it!

  6. Robyn, This cake looks so good and I have everything to make it so I don’t have to make a trip to the grocery store. I’m making this along with the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting for Sunday dinner.
    Thanks for sharing and I don’t care if it turns out white, yellow or purple, it still looks wonderful! LOL!

  7. Hi Robin,
    Perfect timing – I am making a yellow cake tomorrow!  I always use your “Classic Yellow Cake Recipe” which always turns out great, so I’m trying to decide if I should try this new recipe, or stay with what I’ve made before.  Do you recommend one of these cakes over the other, for a simple, 9×13 birthday cake?
    Thanks, Kathy

  8. This is in the oven now! It looks so tasty.

    Rating: 5
  9. This cake looks so good. Just wondering if I would have to add any extra raising products if I used self raising flour? If not advised, I will make with plain flour….Thank you

    • Hi Sue,
      I would recommend using the vanilla cake recipe as listed with the all-purpose flour and not self-rising. xo

  10. I made this cake today i used coconut oil it came out great. I will make this one again.

    Rating: 5
  11. Hi Robyn,. Thanks for sharing. This cake looks wonderful and Iam certain it is delish like all of your recipes. One really needs a good go to yellow cake recipe (We would call this a yellow cake in my neck of the woods) A classic homemade birthday cake and my husband’s favorite Bday cake. I will have to make this one for his birthday in June. Thanks again!

  12. Not sure why it’s called a one-bowl recipe when you say to put the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and the wet ingredients in a smaller bowl? But I will try it as it looks easy and delicious..

  13. Sure did not look like the picture. It rose about l” and fell to l/2 ” in middle. What happened??? All my ingredients were up to date. Followed directions exactly, too. Very disappointed.

    • Hi Jackie,
      I’m so sorry your cake didn’t look the picture! Here are a few reasons that cakes can rise and then fall.
      – Opening the oven door: Be sure not to open the oven door while baking (or cooking at all, but definitely while baking). Since cakes cook from the outside in, the center portion of the cake is the late part of the cake to cook. When opening the oven door, the oven cools down rapidly and causes the cake to have issues.
      – Not starting with oven preheated properly or oven temperatures not as needed: Be sure to let your oven reach the proper temperature before placing your cake into the oven. Similar to the issue above, by adding the cake pans to an oven that hasn’t been properly preheated, the cake is negatively impacted. Likewise, if your oven temperature is not at the appropriate temperature, it causes issues when baking.
      – Mixing the cake batter at too high speed: Be sure not to overmix your cake batter or mix your cake batter at too high speed. This particular cake doesn’t require the use of a hand mixer or even a stand mixer and just a whisk will do. If you beat too much air into the cake batter, it can cause the cake to rise rapidly (from the air beaten into the batter) and then fall as the air escapes.

      I hope this helps!

  14. just checking if all purpose flour is the same as self raising flour?

    • Hi Fiona,
      All purpose flour does not include any levening in the flour, while self-rising flour does.

  15. Melt in your mouth! Delicious Robyn, thank you so much, it’s the best Vanilla Cake recipe EVER!

    Rating: 5
  16. Hello there
    Thank you for sharing your recipe.  I would like to make cupcakes for my daughters baby shower, I would assume same temp., but what would you recommend for time? 
    Thanks 
    Nadine

    • What a special day for your daughter’s baby shower! You’ll bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes. I also drop the temp to 325º F. xo

  17. Hi Robyn,

    I love and enjoy your recipes. Can I use butter instead of oil?

  18. Can you use oat flour or Banana flour instead of all purpose 

  19. can you use use fondant with this cake? Thanks!

  20. is the recipe the same for cupcakes?

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