Homemade Vanilla Cake is the easiest homemade cake recipe you will ever make! Just 4 simple ingredients you likely already have on hand: sugar, eggs, flour, and vanilla.
This simple recipe is a cross between angel food cake and sponge cake & is perfect for so many occasions.
Easiest Homemade Cake recipe EVER!
Homemade Vanilla Cake may sound complicated, but I assure you, making a cake from scratch doesn’t have to be difficult. I’m about to blow your mind with this easy cake recipe! Just 4 common ingredients and about 10 minutes total prep time and your homemade cake will be baking away in the oven.
Meanwhile, you can get your cake toppings prepared, I am partial to fresh seasonal berries on top. They pair perfectly with the cake texture and make for a sweet and savory treat. Feel free to use your imagination for your toppings, you really can’t go wrong with the delicious simplicity of this cake.
Easy Homemade Vanilla Cake Ingredients:
For the Cake, You Will Need:
-Granulated sugar- You will need 1 ½ cups of sugar for this recipe, it will provide just the right amount of sweetness.
-Eggs: Grab 6 large eggs from the refrigerator to whip this cake up! These will help with the richness of taste as well as the binding.
-Flour: You need 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour for the base of the cake batter.
-Vanilla: 2 teaspoons of vanilla are called for in the recipe, but feel free to add a little extra if you like it a bit stronger. Using high-quality vanilla would also give a stronger flavor.
For the Almond Glaze, You Will Need:
-Butter: You will need 1 tablespoon of melted butter to make the glaze nice and rich.
-Almond extract: Use ½ teaspoon of almond extract to give this delicious glaze a nice contrasting flavor.
-Powdered sugar: Using 1 cup of powdered sugar will result in a lovely creamy glaze with a perfectly smooth texture.
-Milk: You need 3 tablespoons of milk to make this glaze into the perfect consistency.
Optional Fruit Toppings
-Fresh berries: Using any fresh seasonal berries like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries can be a great way to get your family to enjoy this cake even more. Mix and match for fun flavor and color combinations.
Step by step directions on how to make Easy Homemade Vanilla Cake
Preheat your oven to 350F degrees and grease a cake pan (Bundt or any kind you have) and dust the inside with flour. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine your sugar and eggs. Mix with an electric mixer for 1 minute.
Add in the flour and vanilla and mix on medium speed for a full 8 minutes. This is an essential part of the recipe, it will be worth it, I promise!
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick can be inserted and come out clean. The cake will be soft to the touch and should register 200F degrees on a thermometer.
Let the cake cool for 20-30 minutes, then flip it over onto a plate or cake stand to finish cooling completely.
While the cake is cooling it’s time to make the glaze!
Place all of the almond glaze ingredients in a bowl, the melted butter, almond extract, powdered sugar and milk and whisk until smooth.
Pour over the top of the cooled cake and then top with fresh berries.
Voila, your cake is ready for enjoying!
EASY HOMEMADE VANILLA CAKE
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 TSP vanilla
- fresh berries for topping
Easy Almond Glaze
- 1 TBSP melted butter
- ½ TSP almond extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 3 TBSP milk
How to make Homemade Vanilla Cake recipe
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a Bundt or regular cake pan.
- Combine sugar and eggs in a mixing bowl and mix for 1 minute. Add in flour and vanilla, then mix on medium speed for 8 minutes.
- Pour batter into cake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. (Cake will be very soft to the touch and register 200 degrees F on a thermometer.)
- Cool for 20-30 minutes, then invert onto a plate and cool completely. Serve with berries and cream or top with almond glaze, then berries.
How to make Simple Almond Glaze
- Whisk all ingredients together and drizzle on cooled cake. Top with fresh berries, slice & enjoy!
How do you make this Easy Homemade Vanilla cake recipe?
The magic in this cake lies in mixing for the full suggested 8 minutes, as a result, your cake will be light and fluffy for maximized results. I would also recommend using a high-quality vanilla extract. My go-to is the Vanilla Bean Paste as it is thicker, has tons of real vanilla bean flecks, and has a robust vanilla flavor.
How do you bake a homemade cake recipe?
This easy vanilla cake recipe is incredibly versatile! You can bake it in just about any pan but I love the presentation of a Bundt cake as it is so pretty. You can also bake this cake recipe in a 9 x 13 glass pan, or whatever your favorite cake pan is. Then you can top the entire cake with cream and berries just prior to serving, you will be so pleased with the final results. Quick note, once you add the cream and berries it gets a bit trickier to save any leftovers (wait, what is leftover cake?). So you might choose to slice and plate each piece of cake, then top with cream and berries separately to ensure you get to enjoy every slice of cake!
What to serve with homemade vanilla cake?
You can serve anything you want with this delectable homemade cake recipe. In fact, I like to top this cake with fresh berries as it has a delicate, angel food cake texture that pairs well with fruit of just about any kind. Opting for seasonal fruits is a great way to add color and freshness, but throwing a few scoops of ice cream on the plate doesn’t hurt either!
How do I store this cake?
It is recommended to keep refrigerated until a couple of hours before serving. If you chose to add the glaze and topping to the whole cake, storing in a cake tupperware is the best way to store this cake. It also depends on the cake pan used, some cake shapes/sizes will be stored differently.
Can I halve this recipe?
Absolutely! To halve the recipe you will need 3/4 cups sugar, 3 eggs, 3/4 cups flour, and 1 tsp vanilla. Make as directed but bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F in a bread loaf pan. Then slice and serve as desired.
Why is my cake dry?
Having a dry cake is typically the result of one of the following snags: using the wrong ingredients, mistakes while mixing the batter, or possibly baking the cake too long or at too high a temperature. Once you have an understanding on how to avoid these common cake-baking hiccups, you’ll bake a moist cake every time.
Can this cake be frozen and stored?
Yes of course! You can freeze just almost any type of cake, just be sure it’s cooled completely. Similar type of Bundt cakes and pound cake freeze remarkably well, just make sure they’re completely cooled and wrapped tightly before freezing.
If you loved this Easy Homemade Vanilla Cake recipe, be sure to take a look at some of our other easy cake recipes below!
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With just 4 ingredients and a few minutes of your time, you can have a cake batter ready and in the oven. You’re going to love this easy homemade vanilla cake. It’s the perfect cake for summer and enjoying with fresh berries and whipped cream.