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My Favorite Vanilla Cake

This is everything you want in a vanilla cake: rich and fluffy, and it actually tastes like vanilla. Boom!

This vanilla cake recipe is light, fluffy, and full of flavor - definitely not boring! | Teaspoon of Nose

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There’s a specific reason I’m sharing this cake recipe today:

Today is my husband’s birthday!!!

Right now he’s deployed, so we can’t celebrate together. But if I could, I’d ship him this cake. It’s right up his alley: great vanilla cake with chocolate frosting.

This cake, y’all. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s quite possibly the best vanilla cake I’ve ever tasted.

It’s strength is in the fact that it actually tastes full of vanilla!

This vanilla cake recipe is light, fluffy, and full of flavor - definitely not boring! | Teaspoon of Nose

This vanilla cake recipe is light, fluffy, and full of flavor - definitely not boring! | Teaspoon of Nose

One hint: get the good stuff. I’ve been using vanilla extract I got in Mexico, and I swear it makes everything taste 100 times better. Do it. Find you some.

I first made it for my grandmother’s 89th birthday earlier this summer, and I swear I’ve been dreaming about it ever since. Based on this one but with a few adjustments.

A note: I always say this, but everything at room temperature! Anything from the fridge here should sit on the counter for a few hours. It’s important for everything to combine well that it’s all at the same temperature.

This vanilla cake recipe is light, fluffy, and full of flavor - definitely not boring! | Teaspoon of Nose

This vanilla cake recipe is light, fluffy, and full of flavor - definitely not boring! | Teaspoon of Nose

 

The Best Vanilla Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus little extra for greasing pans
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sour cream(full fat is best)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • chocolate frosting

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans.
  2. In a large bowl, sift flour and whisk in salt, baking soda, and baking powder
  3. In another bowl, beat the butter on high for 2 minutes, until lighter in color and fluffy. Add sugar and beat another 2 minutes on high. Add the egg whites, one at a time, and beat until fully incorporated each time.
  4. Add the vanilla and sour cream, scraping the sides and bottom as necessary. Beat until combined
  5. Add about 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix on low until just combined. Add half the milk, still on low. Repeat until all the flour and milk are just incorporated.
  6. Divide the batter evenly between the two cake pans and back for about 25-27 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. While they’re baking, make this chocolate frosting. Trust me, it’s the best around.
  8. Let the cakes cool on wire racks and let them cool completely before frosting!
  9. Frost the cake and serve! I’ve decorated mine with edible pearls.

This vanilla cake recipe is light, fluffy, and full of flavor - definitely not boring! | Teaspoon of Nose

This vanilla cake recipe is light, fluffy, and full of flavor - definitely not boring! | Teaspoon of Nose

This vanilla cake recipe is light, fluffy, and full of flavor - definitely not boring! | Teaspoon of Nose

When Logan gets back, we’re celebrating a belated birthday with this vanilla cake! What’s your favorite birthday dessert?

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