Looking for a vanilla cake recipe? This homemade white cake is kept fluffy by folding in whipped egg whites. It has a velvety texture and is great as a layer cake!
Everyone needs a traditional vanilla cake recipe in their recipe box. A cake that is good for birthday layer cakes, sheet cakes and as the base of creative fruit cakes. This is our cake recipe for all of that and more.
Homemade cakes are definitely a different texture than store-bought cake mixes. The tend to have better flavor and more of a velvety crumb texture. This recipe does not turn out dry, but does have a more compactness to it. That makes this recipe ideal for layer cakes. It holds up well to lots of frosting!
The most important tip for making this from scratch cake is to whip the egg whites until they can hold stiff peaks, then set them aside. Once you have the rest of the ingredients mixed together, you’ll carefully fold in the whipped eggs to the batter. Don’t mix the batter too roughly or too much at this point. Mix just until the egg whites are incorporated, then divide the batter between the cake pans. The whipped eggs help to keep this cake lighter than other cakes.
Divide the batter between 2 9″ cake pans that you’ve both greased and floured. This will help the cake layers to come out cleanly.
I like to test if a cake is done by touching the center of the cake. If it springs back when you touch it, it is done. You can also use a toothpick to test it.
Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Cake flour has a lower protein content than all-purpose flour which leads to a softer cake. I highly recommend cake flour for this recipe for a tender homemade cake. All-purpose flour is great for breads, muffins, pancakes and even some cakes. But if a recipe calls for cake flour, you should definitely use it for the best results.
Yes, you can use almond extract, rum extract or even a fruit extract if you’d like a different flavor.
Looking for a gluten free version of this cake? You’ll find it right here.