This is the Best Vanilla Cake Recipe I’ve tasted! So delicious, it’s quick and easy to make! 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! //

If you have been looking for a fluffy, moist and delicious – not to mention quick and easy – vanilla cake, here it is…The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe! It’s the recipe that many of you requested by emailing, commenting, and messaging me for some time. 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, my vanilla buttercream, made into cupcakes 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! //

How to Make the Best Vanilla Cake!

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 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 very 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! //

How to Make Ahead and Store the Homemade Vanilla Cake:

Both the cake and the chocolate frosting can be made ahead. Allow the cakes to cool completely, wrap them well in plastic wrap and place each layer into a zip top freezer bag. Freeze the cake layers for up to one month.

To frost the cake, simply remove from the freezer and allow to thaw in the refrigerator with wrapping intact. Then, frost the cake once it has completely thawed.

Store the cake at room temperature on the counter. I like to store under a cake dome to keep the cake fresh.

Other Favorite Cakes

The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe {Ever} – decadent, rich, delicious and loved by so many of you!

The Best White Cake Recipe {Ever} – delicious favorite that’s tender, yet more of a sturdy cake! It’s perfect for birthdays and more – many have even used as a wedding cake!

Cream Cheese Pound Cake – such an easy pound cake, this has been a family favorite for years!

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! //

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!
4.91 from 44 votes

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Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 24 people
Course Dessert
Calories: 210kcal
Cuisine American
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. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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  1. What a great cake! Was easy to make & had all ingredients on hand. I used two 9″ cake pans and I used the Hershey’s Cocoa – Special Dark 100% Cacao for the icing…..Wow, if you make cakes from scratch you’ll find this recipe easy & very delicious!! It’s a total keeper!

      1. Emily, you won’t need to make any adjustments to the ingredients but will need to bake at same temp for about 35 minutes in a 9 x 13 pan. Hope you enjoy the cake.

      2. Great to hear that this recipe is working so well for everyone!

        I’m venturing into new territories, and I’m (Dad) planning to make a birthday cake for my soon to be 19-year-old son. Cooking let alone baking is a bit foreign to me. If I were to use two 9″ cake pans, can you tell me how many servings I should consider? Thanks in advance!

        Ben from Vancouver, Canada

      3. Ben, the number of servings will range from 24 to 32 based upon the thickness of the slices. Hope your son has a very happy 19th birthday.

  2. I love all your recipes! They always come out tasting delicious. If I am making this cake 4 layers in 9 in. Pans how much of your vanilla buttercream would you say I would need to make?
    Thank you for your help! (:

    1. I usually would make 2 batches of the recipe instead of doubling the recipe, Ashley. You may have a little left over but you can always freeze any leftovers. Hope this helps.

      1. Okay so I definitely should have paid more attention because I made this in two 8 inch pans instead of 3. I was wondering why it took so much longer. Oh well. Still delicious! 5 stars

      1. Hi there! This recipe looks great and super easy! I’m planning on using it for my baby’s first birthday. If I use two 8in or 9in pans…can I use the remaining batter for cupcakes or a small cake for him to smash? Also if I use 2 round pans…will the temperature and time still be the same as you have identified in your recipe?

      2. If you use 2 8-inch pans, you will have enough batter left over to also make cupcakes or a small cake. You would use the same temperature and baking time as listed in the recipe for the 2 8-inch pans. First birthdays are so special. Happy 1st Birthday to your son.

  3. I’ve never made this cake but have made the chocolate cake several times it’s always perfection, my husband’s birthday is coming up so I’ll surprise him with the vanilla cake.

      1. If I’m using 8” pans that are 1.5” deep….how much should I fill the pans with batter?

  4. Thanks Robyn. The cake turned out pretty good, made it for my husband’s bday :). I used a dark baking pan, so I decreased the temp to 325 and baked it for a little longer. One cake was a little more dry than the other. Wondering if you normally bake on a conventional setting? Or maybe I shouldn’t have altered the temperature?

    1. Vanessa, baking at a too low temperature and for a longer time will cause the cake to have a different texture and will be more dense and dry. Next time, bake the cakes at 350º F as in the recipe and you should see much better results. Hope this helps!

      1. Katie, you should be able to make 2 8×8 square layers from this recipe or you could make one layer and make cupcakes with the remaining batter.

    1. Rhonda, you can use this for a sheet cake but you may have a little batter left over if you use a half sheet 13×9-inch pan. You can use the extra batter for cupcakes if you like.

  5. I really want to make this cake but only have whole milk or heavy cream, no buttermilk. Can I swap for one or the other?

      1. A US cup equals 236.59 ml, Mon. You cannot bake this full cake recipe in one 9-inch pan, there would be too much batter. The recipe is for enough batter for 3 8-inch cakes. You could use one 9-inch pan and use the rest of the batter for cupcakes.

  6. I found your website after trying out your chocolate cake recipe. I’ve been searching for ways to
    Make my vanilla sponge more moist and will use buttermilk as I’ve previously used milk.

    I was just wondering why boiling water isn’t used in this recipe as it is in the chocolate one? I’d love to know as I’m just starting off baking and love to understand the science behind it all!

    1. Armeka, you can make a vanilla cake the same way as the chocolate cake if you prefer, simply use my Chocolate Cake Recipe and replace the cocoa powder with the same amount of flour. Some people had problems with the cake falling when they made this so I developed my Best Vanilla Cake Recipe.

  7. Can I replace the butter with oil as I don’t have enough unsalted butter. Making it for my sons first birthday smash and I need this to be perfect!

    Also, you think the classic Vanilla buttercream frosting will go well with it?

    Love all your recipes by the way!!

    1. Parul, Happy Birthday to your son. First birthdays are so precious. I have not tried this cake recipe using oil in place of the butter and am not sure how it would work. In my post, I tell how to make the vanilla cake based upon my Best Chocolate Cake. Simply use my Chocolate Cake Recipe and replace the cocoa powder with the same amount of flour. The Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting is delicious on this cake.

  8. Best vanilla cake recipe iv attempted and successfully made. Made it as a special request from my daughter for her birthday and she loved it, so did everyone else! Thank you!!

    1. Do you use salted or unsalted butter for the cake?
      Also, could you make this into an orange cake? If so, how much OJ would I use, and would I decrease the amount of buttermilk?

  9. Hi Robyn- I made your Best Chocolate cake for my moms bday in January and have been waiting and looking forward to making the vanilla one for mine. It’s this week yay! I was hoping to put fresh strawberries on top and in the middle which would taste better (to me) with a vanilla icing. Could I use the frosting recipe and just not put in the espresso and chocolate or do you have a different recipe for vanilla frosting ? Thank you!!

  10. I literally just finished baking this cake and it is absolutely DELISHES!!!!! I substituted pineapple for vanilla because I’m making a coconut pineapple cake. I just sliced off the top to frost it and tasted the cuttings. It is moist and so good! It’s only my second cake from scratch. I followed it step-by-step. I love it. Thank you for this recipe.

  11. Best cake recipe i’ve tried so far!! i made it last week for my bf and he couldn’t put his fork down, it was good! Thank you for this recipe ^^

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