A light, fluffy and delicious frosted vanilla cake with sprinkles – perfect for a birthday or any celebration!
Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned baker, everyone needs a classic go to vanilla cake recipe for birthdays, special occasions or anytime you have that vanilla cake craving. I know that when I started baking, that was the very first recipe I wanted to try to tackle.
Over the years I’ve tried a lot of recipes claiming to be the best or perfect vanilla cakes and today I am sharing my very favorite vanilla cake that I turn to whenever I need a no-fail recipe.
It’s light and moist and at the same time fluffy and soft. The key is to divide the cold butter into small even pieces — sift together all the dry ingredients (at least twice) — and ensure the milk and eggs are at room temperature beforehand.
I also find that using using quality brands and weighing the ingredients results in a fluffier and better tasting cake every time. If you don’t have a food scale, you can use the measurements I listed but I highly recommend one for that perfect fluffy texture. Also, be careful not to over mix or overbake the cake or it will dry out – every oven is different so know your oven and start watching the cake at 20 minutes and check on it every two minutes afterwards.
This recipe is tested specifically for a 6 inch three layer cake. If you want to bake this into an 8 inch two layer cake, please increase the baking time to around 28-30 minutes and increase the frosting amount per layer.
This delightful cake goes perfectly with the dreamy vanilla bean frosting. Although my heart belongs to Swiss meringue buttercream, I have to say that this is my go-to frosting I use whenever I’m bringing a cake to a kid’s birthday party or if I’m in a pinch.
It’s smooth, creamy and fluffy for piping swirls onto cakes and cupcakes and kind of reminds me of a bakery-style frosting with its rich and bold vanilla flavor you get from the vanilla bean.
So whether you choose to cover the cake with a smooth layer of frosting — pipe on pretty roses — or cover it with oodles and oodles of sprinkles for a baby girl’s first birthday — it’s a delicious classic that I hope will put a smile on everyone’s face that tries it 🙂
P.S.❤ Thanks to all of you for your sweet birthday wishes for my daughter. We had a great day and she got to try her first taste of cake 🙂 ❤ If you need me, I’ll be cleaning up the oodles of sprinkles that didn’t make it onto the cake and are still hiding around in the kitchen.
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