Thursday, May 24, 2012

Making Simple Vanilla Cake

Last night my husband casually shared with me that in general, he only enjoys eating two types of cake. The first one would be chiffon cakes and the second one is plain butter cakes. No cream. No filling. Nothing fancy. Simple, plain and soft. In reply, I told him that I have noted on his cake preference but he must understand that as someone who loves baking, I can't dwell on making chiffon cakes or plain butter cake all the time. I need to improve and try new things in the baking atmosphere (albeit my frequent failures in experimenting with new recipes, of course). He understands.

I had lots of free time this afternoon so I wanted to experiment with making one of the cakes that my husband mentioned last night. I didn't feel like making chiffon cake so I browsed lots of plain vanilla cakes in the internet earlier today; and my choice today fell on this Simple White Cake recipe. This recipe has 4 stars rating on its review and lots of people sing praises to this cake final result so I thought this recipe must be worth to try.

As usual, I modified the original recipe a little bit to suit my available ingredients in the kitchen. I didn't have that much flour as per stated in the original recipe today so I threw in all the cake flour I had for the cake batter and it turned out just fine. I also reduced the amount of sugar for this cake because the people in my house don't really like munching on sweet stuff.

Simple white vanilla cake.

Simple Vanilla Cake


  • 180gr Sugar
  • 120gr Unsalted butter, at temperature room
  • 2 Eggs
  • 10ml Vanilla extract
  • 170gr Cake flour
  • 120ml Liquid milk


  1. Preheat the oven and line the cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the liquid milk with vanilla extract. Set aside.
  3. Cream sugar and butter by using high speed electric mixer.
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  5. Combine flour to the creamed mixture by using spatula. 
  6. Stir the milk and vanilla extract mixture into the cake batter until it is smooth.
  7. Transfer the cake to the prepared cake pan.
  8. Bake the cake in a preheated oven for about 30-40 minutes or until the cake is golden brown, with small fire.
  9. Release the cake from the cake pan and serve warm.

Beginner bakers or busy mothers should try 
making this vanilla cake for quick delicious butter cake fix.

The process of making the cake batter of this vanilla cake was quite straight to the point. It's really simple and did not take too much time. The final result of this cake tasted nice too, totally not as plain as its looks - the cake was rich in vanilla aroma and very buttery. The cake had moist texture, not dense, that I love!

Hope my husband likes this cake too.

By the way, I found a great idea in giving this cake an extra touch of vanilla by gilding the top of the cake with vanilla extract, sugar and water. Unfortunately, I didn't quite nail this trick today since I put too much water than the sugar; hence, I didn't have that obvious white sugary top on my vanilla cake. Nevertheless, I will try this making this vanilla-sugar top again on my next butter cake bakes!


  1. looks yummy! very tempting for a beginner like me. hehe..

  2. I have to agree with you that this cake is simple and I love that you have reduced the amount of sugar. We too are the same way and I should give a try to this recipe esp for my other half and he will drool over the not very sweet cake.

  3. hmmm not bad. The cake looks pretty good =)

  4. This cake does have some great moist texture to it. I completely understand that you cannot make the same thing all the time, however, sometimes a purist cake that reflects one flavor can really hit the spot. This one would be perfect with tea or coffee. Great post!

  5. THAT looks like a damn good vanilla cake!! Moo x

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  7. Simple, but a perfect canvas for a variety of spreads. Nutella, jam, frosting - all would transform this vanilla cake into a stunning dessert!

  8. Beautiful Vanilla cake. Love the simple ones always.

  9. Simple is always delicious if done well. Nice cake!

  10. You did a great job and I'm saving the recipe. You can never have too many vanilla cake recipes.


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