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Classic Vanilla Cake Recipe

With a tender and moist crumb and just the right amount of sweetness, this Classic Vanilla Cake Recipe will become your new go-to. Pair with buttercream or cream cheese frosting!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 406 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 2 whole egg whites


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cake pans with parchment paper and then spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside
  • In a liquid measuring cup, combine milk and vanilla. Set aside.
  • In a stand mixer, stir butter, oil, and sugar together until combined. Then add-in, one at a time, the eggs and egg whites, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl and mix again. Alternate adding in the flour mixture and the milk mixture, starting and ending with flour. Scrape the sides and mix again to ensure a lump-free batter.
  • Divide the batter evenly between baking pans and smooth the tops. Bake for 30-40 minutes in the lower 2/3rds of the oven.
  • Cool 15-20 minutes in the cake pans then flip the cakes onto cooling racks. Cool completely before frosting and decorating.


This Vanilla Cake Recipe will make:
  • one - 9x13 cake (bake for 30-45 minutes)
  •  two- 8 or 9-inch round cakes (30-40 minutes)
  • 24 cupcakes (bake for 18-20 minutes)


Calories: 406kcal
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