Vanilla cake recipe with step by step pictures. Basic and best vanilla cake recipe made with ingredients like flour, sugar, oil or butter, vanilla extract and eggs.
Vanilla cake recipe
Finding a good cake recipes can be really difficult. But if you found one, then the recipe has to be kept under lock and keys. In my case it has to be in this blog. This is one of my no fail, vanilla cake recipe. I add tutti fruity or chocolate chips or even nuts in them and take it one step further. But my basic recipe is this one.
I already have a vanilla cake recipe and an eggless vanilla cupcake recipe in this blog. This is another addition to my cakes folder. I made a three layered cake for one of my client, so i baked them in three cake tins and frosted. But if you think that you are not going to make frosting for it, then half the recipe or even you can bake it in a large cake tin.
About Vanilla Cake Recipe
A vanilla cake is a cake that contains vanilla extract. It is frequently covered in icing. It is frequently served at weddings. Cake is a baked flour confection made from flour, sugar, and other ingredients. Cakes were originally bread modifications, but cakes now encompass a wide range of preparations that can be simple or elaborate, and
which share characteristics with desserts such as pastries, meringues, custards, and pies.
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Ingredients for Vanilla Cake Recipe
- All Purpose Flour / Maida - 3 cups / 360 grams
- Sugar - 3 cups / 600 grams Powdered (I used granulated sugar)
- Eggs - 5
- Oil - 1 cup / 240 ml (I used refined oil)
- Milk - ½ cup / 120 ml
- Curd / Yogurt - ½ cup / 120 ml
- Vanilla Essence - 1 tblspn
- Baking Powder - 2 tsp
- Salt - ½ tsp
All Purpose Flour / Maida :
Maida requires more oil or butter when baking or cooking because it is lighter and rises faster, which is why bakers prefer maida to atta. All-purpose flour can be used for a variety of tasks, including baking, cooking, coating meats and vegetables, and thickening sauces and gravies. To manufacture all-purpose flour, a blend of
hard wheat (which has more gluten) and soft wheat is crushed together.
Baking powder :
Baking powder is used in baked goods to increase volume and lighten the texture. It works by releasing carbon dioxide gas into a batter or dough via an acid-base reaction, which causes bubbles in the wet mixture to expand and leaven the mixture.
Because of the fantastic flavour it adds, vanilla essence is used in almost every recipe for baked goods. This extract is always added to desserts because it adds flavour chemically and also brings out the flavours of other ingredients in the mixture.
How to Make Basic Vanilla Cake (Soft & Fluffy)
Preheat the oven to 180 Degree C. Grease three 9 inch round cake pans with oil or butter well. Dust it with flour and coat on all sides, now tap of the excess flour and set aside.
Vanilla Cake Batter
Break open 5 eggs in a bowl and set aside. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl and mix well, set aside. Mix curd and milk in a jug and set aside. Now take oil, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl, use an electric beater or handheld mixer to beat the mix till it is light and mixed properly. Add in 1 egg at a time and beat well. Now add in half the flour mix and fold gently. Pour half the curd and milk mix and fold gently. Now add the remaining flour and curd milk mixture and fold well.
Baking the Cake
Now divide the batter between the cake pans and bake for 25 to 30 mins, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. Now invert the cake and frost it as you wish.
Vanilla Cake Recipe | Basic Vanilla Cake Recipe (Soft & Spongy)
- 3 cups All Purpose Flour (360 grams)
- 3 cups Sugar 600 grams (Powdered)
- 5 Eggs
- 1 cup Oil (240 ml)
- ½ cup Milk (120 ml)
- ½ cup Curd (120 ml)
- 1 tbsp Vanilla Essence
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- ½ tsp Salt
- Preheat the oven to 180 Degree C. Grease three 9 inch round cake pans with oil or butter well. Dust it with flour and coat on all sides, now tap off the excess flour and set aside.
- Break open 5 eggs in a bowl and set aside. Mix flour, baking powder and salt in another bowl and mix well, set aside. Mix curd and milk in a jug and set aside.
- Now take oil, sugar and vanilla in a large mixing bowl, use a electric beater or handheld mixer to beat the mix till it is light and mixed properly.
- Now add in 1 egg at a time and beat well.
- Now add in half the flour mix and fold gently. Pour half the curd and milk mix and fold gently. Now add the remaining flour and curd milk mixture and fold well.
- Now divide the batter between the cake pans and bake for 25 to 30 mins, or untill a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. Now invert the cake and frost it as you wish.
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Vanilla Cake Recipe Step by Step Pictures
|Take all your ingredients|
|Crack open 5 eggs in a bowl|
|Take flour in a bowl|
|Add in salt and baking powder|
|Mix it well|
|Now add milk in a jug|
|add curd to it, mix well and set aside.|
|Now take oil in a big mixing bowl|
|Add in sugar|
|Add good amount of vanilla|
|Once it is properly mixed|
|Add eggs one at a time|
|Add eggs one at a time and beat|
|beat till it is frothy|
|Now add in half the flour mix|
|followed by half the milk mix|
|Now add in the remaining flour mix|
|And pour the remaining milk mix|
|Now it is combined|
|Prepare three cake pan, i did a three layered cake,
you can use one big tray too.
|Pour the batter in|
Small Batch Vanilla Cake Recipe (with 2 Eggs)
This is the recipe for soft vanilla cake made with just 2 eggs. Easy and basic recipe for vanilla cake.
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Baking Time : 40 mins
Ingredients for Vanilla Cake (with 2 Eggs)
- All Purpose Flour / Maida – 1 ½ cup / 150 grams
- Sugar- 1 cup / 200 grams
- Eggs - 2
- Baking Powder -1 ⅛ tsp
- Baking Soda – ¼ tsp
- Milk - ½ cup / 120 ml
- Vegetable Oil- ½ cup / 120 ml
- Vanilla Essence- 2 tsp
- Chocolate Ganache Frosting as needed
- Sprinkles or any decorative stuffs
How to Make Vanilla Cake (with 2 eggs)
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F. Butter a round baking tin on all sides and dust it with flour. Tip off the excess flour and set this aside for a moment.
- Take flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl and mix well. Set this aside.
- Take eggs, sugar and vanilla in a mixing bowl and beat till light and pale.
- Add oil, milk and mix well. Now sift in the flour mixture in this and fold gently until combined.
- Pour this into the prepared tin and bake it for 30-35 mins until it is light golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let it cool in the tin for 10 mins. Remove it from the tin and allow it to cool down completely and decorate with your favourite frosting.
|Take all your ingredients|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why is it called vanilla cake?
It simply refers to the flavour of vanilla custard ( the classic French way of making ice cream from cream and egg yolks). By incorporating egg yolks into the batter, French vanilla cake mimics the flavour of custard, resulting in a yellow cake.
Is vanilla cake white cake?
A white cake recipe only calls for egg whites, which are either whipped and then folded into the batter or added directly to the butter/sugar mixture. Vanilla cake uses both egg whites and egg yolks (typically), resulting in a slightly off-white coloured cake with the most flavour in my opinion.
What is a Cupcake?
A cupcake is a small cake that can be baked in a small thin paper or aluminium cup. Frosting and other cake decorations, such as fruit and candy, may be used, as with larger cakes.
What is a Ganache?
Ganache is a chocolate and cream glaze, icing, sauce, or filling for pastries.
What is the difference between frosting and ganache?
Ganache is a rich and creamy chocolate and whipping cream mixture, whereas frosting can refer to a variety of baked good toppings.
I think cooking and perfection is in your blood.
With Maha(baby) you are doing this is great.
Can wheat be used insread of maida
Hi Arthi for half of this measurement how many eggs should I add
cake looks so soft...
Can u tell me ingredients amount for 150g Maida...
R u using granulated sugar or powdered sugar..u mentioned powdered sugar in ingredients..but n pics it seems like granulated sugar
@Shweta GuptaYes u can use but it will affect the texture of the cake, you can use half wheat and half maida
@sabitha gokulUse 21/2 eggs. Use two whole eggs and break one egg, beat it and add half of it. If it is super large eggs add 2
@Nivedhitha ArvindThat is hard to calculate, you can halve it
What type of oven should I use to bake 2 cakes simultaneously. At present I use a convection oven which can fit only 1 cake at a time...
@Nivedhitha ArvindYes i used granulated sugar, you can use that too, but if you powder that before adding it will mix easily.
Hello aarti madam... I am engineer to cooking... Ur site helps me lot.. Pls keep on uploading new items... I have a doubt... I made this cake 2 times... I used butter instead of oil its taste good but in the middle of top of the cake is not cooked... My oven is LG.. I kept 230 temperature and time 30 mins... Its not cooked.. I increased time but its not cooked my became harder... Pls give me solution
@AnonymousThe cake should be baked at 180 degree not 230 degree
S that possible to do this cake without that beater???
Pls give me an alternate option inorder to try dis Aarthi....
@Aarthi MathiYes it is possible, just use hand whisk
i bakd dis cake exactly and it turned out pretty great in taste but it was not browned at the top.what should i do to get brown crust? i use morphy richards OTG.
@mahaI am not sure what went wrong. It may be because of the oven. I can give you one tip, if you need the brown crust, just place the cake under the grill for just 45 seconds to 1 min till it browned. Never leave it and go, always stay near it and keep a eye on it. DOnt cook more than a min or it will turn hard
Why do the recipe calls for milk and yogurt?
@MadhuThe mix will give your more soft cake
Could it be prepared in cooker instead of oven??
@Anonymous yes u can
When adding the flour and the milk should I fold in or use a hand mixer
@AnonymousYou can use a handblender itself
Please Aarthi.. let me know what is maida because i always like your nice recipes but i dont understand maida
@shekha husseinMaida is all purpose flour
Maida mean plain flour
Maida mean plain flour
Can I bake this cake with the help of cooker by taking of the visial....yet to purchase microwave. ....
@RashmiYes u can make this in cooker
awesome...do see my blog http://www.harshitacooking.blogspot.com
Hi aarthi, made this cake today. Its tasted good and so soft. Now I can stop using butter anymore. Thanks for the recipe.
But one thing, I baked in LG convection oven. At 23 min I stopped baking bcz its all cooked. After cooling I cut into pieces and stored in air tight container. After 10min or so I see little sticky texture on top which I don't see when baked. Should I need to bake little more. But inside its soft and not sticky..
Waiting for ur reply..
@MadhuIt is because you have stored it in container before it is completely cooled. SO cool it completely before storing
Pls give me a substitute 4egg..love ur recipes..but i dont use egggs..
@ChandniNo substitute in this recipe
Good one want to try.
Please tell me the temperature and time if i am using an ordinary cooking range.
Miss aarthi can I reduce the sugar.
Can you pls give simple vanilla cake recipe using microwave.thanks 🙂
@Sini Hilalsame time and same temp
@AnonymousThis is a medium sweet cake, but you can reduce the sugar level
@AnonymousCheck this for microwave vanilla cake
Can I bake in microwave??? How much Time s needed to bake??
Hi aarthi..i am big follower of your recepies...but from last few days couldnt able to open your page...thanx god i am here today...my question is i have an electric oven temprature i will set at 180..but which rods for cake shud b turned on as there r three options
only upper rods
only down rods
both upper and down at the same time.
@AnonymousU have to bake with two rods on..
@AnonymousIf u have convection mode you can bake or else not
Hi..can i use margerin instead of oil...f so how many grams
@AnonymousUse 250 grams.
Gr8 help aarthi I m definitely going to try it
Hi ....oil means vegetable oil......pls tel me...bout d oil
@AnonymousYes normal vegetable oil.
can i add butter instead of oil?if it so in which measurement i can add butter?
@Anonymousyes u can use butter, use s250 grams and cream with sugar before adding other thing
hi arthi,if I want to bake eggless ,wat is the ingredients,plz mention
@Faziferozu can check my eggless vanilla cake
Instead of oven can I use cooker how many vessel I want to give pls reply am new to this...
@rgrgdfgdcheck this link for pressure cooker baking
Can i use treo microwave bowl for baking since I do not have tin container?
@Neha Dhuriaif it is oven safe, you can use them
Filwa k Noushad
Can I use self raising flour instead of Maida.. Do reply
@Filwa k Noushadi am not sure..haven't tried it so far
I tried this cake. Used two third of quantity - used four small eggs and water instead of milk and coconut oil for oil. Made the cake in 9 inch round and 15 inch loft. Came really well and is going to be my regular tea time cake I guess.
Thanks a ton for the recipe 🙂
Hi....can I use coconut oil instead of refined oil....pls suggest soon.....n how does it taste with coconut oil....does it taste good
@divya chavaliyes coconut oil will be strong
Hiii. I tried this recipe with cup cakes and succeed. till now I used to fail in baking. and yez I have locked this recipe into my cookbook. HAPPY BAKING!
Hi aarthi, can I add some chopped almond into the batter? For the oil can I use corn oil? Pls suggest
@shobayes u can use
Can I use blender instead of beater
Made several times. Fools proof and very yummy.
@mariam marfaniyes it is plain flour
@Anonymousyou can use a food processor. or whisk using hand whisk
Sorry I didn't get that sugar measurement, what will be the amount of powered sugar??
@SANJANAit is 3 cups..My 1 cup holds 240 ml
Hi... Is it possible to do without eggs? Because we don't eat eggs.. Any egg substitute pls?...
@Anonymousnot in this one, i have eggless vanilla cake recipe in this blog. check it out
Mine is kenwood convection oven.so i can bake only one cake at a time..is it ok to keep prepared batter for baking after completing thé first batch?
@Anonymousyes u can keep it
if i baked a cake in my oven ,180 degree,it took almost 1 hour and 15,min,sometimes 1;30 hours,why??what is wrong?
Hi...i m so loved ur recipe...but u said for 3 cake measurements but actally i need measurement for 1 cake can you just advise in this regarding and one more thing can u say d measurement in cups measurement instead of ml ..i am waiting for your reply...
@Anonymoushalve the recipe and use a 20 cm square or round cake pan to bake.
@Anonymousi think it is because u have used small pans. use a bigger pan and the cake batter shouldn't rise above half of the pan
I used the mentioned amount of butter and made this cake,but at the end while unmoulding it broke into pieces 🙁 cake was very soft and tasty though,just the top brown part was a little chewy. Where do you think i went wrong?
@Sanadid u cooled it before unmoulding
If I want to halve the recipe, how much vanilla essence shud I use? Thanks.
luv u 4 dis recipe mam...even i dnt remember for how long l am longing 4 basic cake recipe...ur demonstration is simply awesome
What will be the ingredients for one cup maida....plz suggest....thanks and keep inspiring others to cook...love
@Anonymousyou can just use third of ingredients in everything
@Anonymoususe 2 tsp or so of vanilla
I live in malaysia and here is the hot and hummid weather.. For how long can i store this cake on room temperature...
@Rabia Usmanu can keep it for a day. store it in fridge and warm in microwave before serving
Do we need to keep the eggs, milk & yoghurt at room temperature??
@Anonymousyes room temp is best
Can I use baking soda instead of baking powder if can use how much shd I use aarthi??
@Sathya Mathanbaking soda and baking powder is diff, you cannot sub those
Do we need to bake till we get dark brown color on top. Bcz i am baking till lite golden color and cooled completely. Then placed pieces in a box with lightly covered. After an hour i noticed little sticky texture on top of cake. Is that the reason i did not bake till dark golden. Baked for 23 min in covection oven. Waiting for ue rply.
@Madhubake it till a tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
I tried this recipe with 1/3 ingredients as the backing tray is small. Backed with both rods on in the last but second position in my oven for 25+10+10 minutes. The center was sunken and was sticky. What could have possibly gone wrong?
@Sangeethathis has to be baked with both elements on. I think you have use too much baking soda or powder.
Hi Aarthi, Thanks.cake was so yummy. But when I mix butter,sugar and eggs the batter is good. After adding essence,milk,the batter turned out into a curd like consistency.I mean it looks like when we add lime juice to milk... like that.I didn't add curd. Plz help.
Hi, which type oven you are using? I am planning to buy bajaj Majesty 1603 SS OTG.please check the model and reply
@Rani.it is not a issue, ur cake will be fine
@Rani.checvk this post
Can v bake it in cooker ?
Yes u can bake in cooker..follow my pressure cooker cake recipe
Aarthi. Ur recipes are simple n awesome. N for baking here u ve not mentioned how to bake it in microwave..At Wat degrees it has to be baked. Can u pls provide all those details when u post pics itself. TIA
Hi aarthi,ur recipes are simple n awesome. U ve not mentioned at wat degrees it needs to be baked in microwave. Can u pls mention that also wen u post pics itself.TIA
it is mentioned in the written part
hi Aarthi..deepti here....I tried a cake in the silicon moulds..but it turned out to be dry and crusty. I used the micro+convection mode to bake the cake. Also it did not get brown at the bottom.
Can I use the aluminium mould available in market? will it spark inside the oven?
for convection mode you can use that aluminium moulds
Hi Aarthi, all my cake remains unbaked in the middle, I was using LG charcoal convection microwave, now I have brought morphhy Richards 52 ltr otg n tried with that the result is same mid part of the cake is unbaked while the side is perfectly baked, I am very much disappointed by this, I am very much interested in baking, not sure how to fix pls help me out.
Can I substitute the yogurt with milk so I can put 1 cup of milk instead of half cup?
Can I use double Filtered Coconut oil?
Hi aarthy I tried ur cake it was not initially cooked so I kept it for another 20 min it was cooked but the top and sides of the cake were crispy any idea how to fix this
Hi. I have 16 litres OTG. How big or small pans will fit into it?
Mam can u post recipe of one cake basic vanilla or chocolate mam.coz I found this recipe is of larger quantity of cake
Mam I have a doubt if we use halves of this recipe should we use same 9inch cake tin size of any other size. Pls help me
can I bake this in otg
hi aarthi... u hv another vanilla sponge caje recipe on ur blog without yoghurt... can u please tell me what wil b the difference between this and that?? will this b softer??
Hy aarthi.. I made da cake today it was tasty bt it did'nt come up... It was flat... cn u explain me wt went wrong
Hi aarthi, thanks for the recipe. I made one using your recipe it turned out pretty good. Wondering if i can use desi ghee inplace of oil? Will it bake differently? As can i use home made butter instead? Please suggest. Thanks in advance!
Awesome!!! thanks for sharing this wonderful article…
Can you please tell me how much oil eggs and sugar,milk and yoghurt should I use if using 250gms flour
Trying your recepie for the first tym hope it turns out good for me just wanted to be sure about the measurements.
Hello, aarthi today I am bake cake but only one doubt can I use steel tray for baking cake or not ....please tell me.
yes u can line with parchment
Hi Aarti,I am your big fan your recipes are too good ,can I use steel tray for baking cake because I am not having aluminium tray...how much time set in my OTG . Tell me answer urgently.... It's too much important for me...
yes u can. line with parchment. same time as mentioned in recipe
can you please as how to avoid egg smell in cake?
add more vanilla extract
I tried it today !!! It was delicious and soft . Thank u aarthi !!
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