Classic Vanilla Cake

Classic Vanilla Cake

Smothered in vanilla bean frosting, this classic cake is light and moist and perfect for any celebration.

2 hrs total time

30 mins active time


Serves 10



  • 2¼ cups (11½ oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp baking powder
  • 8 oz unsalted butter

    chopped, at room temperature

  • 1½ cups (10½ oz) superfine sugar
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3 large eggs

    at room temperature

  • 1½ cups (12 fl oz) milk

    at room temperature

Vanilla buttercream frosting:

  • 8 oz unsalted butter

    chopped, at room temperature

  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3½ cups (1 lb) powdered sugar


  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp heavy cream

    at room temperature


  • 1Insert the wire rack into position 6. Meanwhile, continue to the next step.
  • 2Grease and line the base of two 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper.
  • 3To remove lumps and aerate.
  • 4Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes, until pale and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl, if necessary.
  • 5One at a time until well combined.
  • 6Stir in a third of the flour, followed by half the milk. Continue to alternate ending with the flour. Alternating the ingredients prevents the batter from separating.
  • 7Divide evenly between the pans and level the top.
  • 8Once preheated, place in the oven and start the timer.
  • 9Cakes are ready when a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. If not, give it a bit more.
    Tip: Don’t insert the skewer into any of the cracks as this will give an inaccurate reading.
  • 10Stand in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack, top-side up, to cool completely.
  • 11Beat the butter on medium-high speed until pale and creamy. Add the vanilla, sugar and salt and beat, slowly pour in the cream and beat until combined.
  • 12Use a serrated knife to level the tops. Place one cake, top-side up on a cake board or serving plate. Spread with a third of the frosting and sandwich with the remaining cake, top-side down, to create a flat top. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and side. A turntable and cake scraper makes it easier to spread the frosting over the cake.
  • 13Cake can be served plain or decorated for any occasion.