Vanilla Cake Recipe

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!

Vanilla Cake Recipe

Best Vanilla Cake Recipe

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 Vanilla Cake

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!

How to Make Vanilla Cake

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.

What is the Difference Between All-Purpose Flour and Cake Flour?

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.

Can I Substitute Anything for Vanilla Extract?

Yes, you can use almond extract, rum extract or even a fruit extract if you’d like a different flavor.

Gluten Free Vanilla Cake

Looking for a gluten free version of this cake? You’ll find it right here.

Vanilla Cake Recipe

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Vanilla Cake Recipe

4.15 from 172 votes
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!
Servings 15
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes



  • Using a stand mixer, beat the egg whites with the whisk attachment until they are stiff and form peaks. This may take a minute or two. Pour the egg whites into another bowl and place them in the refrigerator until you're ready to add them to the batter.
  • Using the same bowl that you used to beat the egg whites, place the softened butter in and cream the butter for about 2 minutes (using the beater blade attachmenuntil it is white in appearance.
  • Add the sugar to the butter and beat until fluffy (about another 1-2 minutes).
  • In a small bowl, combine the flour (measured carefully*), salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, combine the milk and vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture alternately with the milk.
  • Add the stiffly beaten eggs to the cake batter. Fold the egg whites in gently. Do not overmix at this point. If you do, your cake will become more dense.
  • Grease and flour 2 9" round cake pans. Pour the cake batter equally into the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake the cakes at 350 degrees for 25-27 minutes or until the top bounces back when you touch it.
  • Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes, then loosen the edges and remove them from the pans to a wire rack, allowing them to cool completely.


*Frost with your favorite vanilla buttercream.
**The calories shown are based on the cake being cut into 15 pieces, with 1 serving being 1 slice of unfrosted cake. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate.


Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 213mg | Potassium: 123mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 293

About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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I’m comes used about the egg whites. It says 3/4 cup plus 3 tbsp. I’ve never seen a recipe that just doesn’t tell you how many eggs to use. Is this 3 fourths cup before they are beaten or after? This is very confusing how many eggs is that?

How long would you bake for cupcakes?

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This turned into my go to recipe for white cake. I love it and get so many compliments. Its great!

I’ve made this cake twice now and both times the egg whites separated when I pulled them out of the fridge and incorporated them into the batter. What did I do wrong???

Does it matter if you use buttermilk versus regular milk? I usually use buttermilk in my cake receipes.

I want to do mini cupcakes with this recipe, what would you suggest for bake time….15 mins??

so how many eggs

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Love this recipe! Can I use this batter to make cupcakes instead? What would be the time for it in the oven?

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I wish I would have read the comments first to know to use SALTED butter. I used unsalted and thought, “hmm this seems like very little salt compared to the amount of flour used”. Hope it turns out okay.
Also, as someone else commented. My batter was extremely thick.. too thick to gently fold in the egg whites, so I ended up stirring it. This was frustrating lol.

Would love to make this cake sounds delis. One thing I don’t get is step #7 says slightly beaten eggs to cake batter then add egg whites where does the slightly beaten eggs come from?

Does the cake batter normally come out thick? This is my second time and it’s still thick.

Are you cracking eggs to get the egg whites or using reddy to go egg white?

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Hello. I was looking for a good vanilla cake recipe that I could turn into a confetti cake using little Jimmie sprinkles. Do you think this batter would hold the sprinkles? Thanks so much. Looking forward to exploring your site ♡

Can you make this in a 9×13

Are you using salted or unsalted butter in the recipe?

Looks delicious and fluffy, can’t wait to try it! I will let you know how it urns out but it looks pretty easy.