Fluffy and Buttery Vanilla Cake (VIDEO)

4.7 from 46 votes

Made from scratch basic Vanilla Cake – buttery, tender, and full of vanilla flavor. Its moist and fluffy texture makes it a great base cake for all occasions!

This recipe yields tall and sturdy vanilla cake layers that are great stacking.

Do you need the chocolate version? Head on to Sturdy Yet Moist and Fluffy Chocolate recipe.

6-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch tall vanilla cake

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Great for wedding cakes and tiered cakes

I’ve been looking for a great basic vanilla cake that can be my go-to vanilla cake recipe whenever I make tiered cakes. I tried many and never found one that is for keeps, until now.

I’ve used this recipe to make a 3-tiered wedding cake so I can say that while it is soft and fluffy, it is firm enough to use in multi-tiered cakes. As we know, for tiered cakes, it is suggested to stay clear of softer, less stable cakes and filling like chiffon cake, pastry cream, and whipped cream.

Are you thinking of doing a DIY wedding cake? I’ve shared all the recipes, timeline, resources, and tips in this DIY Wedding Cake post.

Thick layers for tall cakes

This recipe yields a tall vanilla cake, that’s why you would need a cake pan that is at least 3 inches in height.

If you don’t have a tall cake pan, you can line some parchment paper around the pan for extra height.

Vanilla Cake Batter in baking pan with parchment paper
My baking pans are only 2 inches high, so I use a strip of parchment paper to extend the height. Baking spray helps the parchment stick to the sides of the pan.

The photos you see here were taken while I was doing my final cake for my cousin’s wedding. Unfortunately, I have forgotten to take a photo of the cake right out of the cake pan.

I then further cut each round into half to give me a total of 4 layers, which is what you see in the photos.

Top View of 3-tier vanilla cake layers

Ingredients for vanilla cake

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • fine salt
  • unsalted butter at room temperature
  • granulated white sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • eggs (large size) at room temperature
  • fresh milk (whole / full-fat)
Ingredients for Vanilla Cake recipe.

Tools and equipment you’ll need

Ditch your cups and weigh your ingredients – it will give you consistent results every time. Try it and you will never look back on using cups again!

There are a lot of reasons why you should measure by weight and entirely a topic of its own. This recipe uses a lot of flour – measuring it incorrectly would greatly affect the outcome of your cake.

I use and recommend Fat Daddios brand. They heat faster and cools quicker, preventing overbaking. It has straight sides for perfect layers!

If your existing pan’s height is below 3 inches, see recipe note no. 1.

  • mixing bowls and spatula

How to make this vanilla cake


  • Preheat your oven to 350 F (180 C).
  • Make sure your ingredients are at room temperature.
  • Grease the bottom of two 8x 3 round pans, then line with parchment paper (Note 1 in recipe card).

Make the vanilla cake batter:

Making this cake involved 3 parts: Creaming the butter and sugar, adding the eggs, and adding the remaining dry and wet mixtures alternately.

In a bowl, sift all the dry ingredients together: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 

In a stand mixer bowl, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5-8 minutes. 

RELATED: Stand Mixer Speed Guide

Add eggs to the mixture, two at a time. Blend until incorporated and scrape the sides as needed.

Add the flour mixture in four parts alternating with the milk in three parts, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Remember to add the next flour or milk until just incorporated; be careful not to overmix!

Bake the vanilla cake

Pour the cake batter into prepared pans and spread it so that is it smooth and flat in the pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 60 minutes.

Cool the cakes on a wire rack before removing them from the pan. 

Torte each cake into 2 to get 4 layers like in the photo below.

front view of 3-tiered vanilla cake

Do I really need to sift the dry ingredients?

The process of sifting breaks any lumps in flour that would weigh down the batter so your Vanilla Cake will yield a tender (not delicate) crumb. When flour is sifted with other dry ingredients, such as baking powder, sifting helps to combine them evenly before they are mixed with other ingredients. It is important not to skip this step!

Why do I need to cream the butter and sugar?

When creaming the butter and sugar together, the sugar is like punching little holes in the butter and those holes, in turn, will capture air. These little bubbles capture the gases released by your leaveners when baked, giving your cake a lighter texture. A properly creamed butter and sugar should have the color of pale yellow, not white.

Using a stand mixer, I typically whip the butter and sugar on medium speed for 5 minutes.

My cake came out dry. what did I do wrong?

There are several possible reasons why your cake came out dry. One common mistake is NOT measuring your flour correctly. If you’re still using cups to measure your flour and other baking ingredients, I can’t emphasize enough the importance of using a food scale !

Baking is an exact science, so one ingredient that’s not measured correctly can totally break the outcome.

Another common reason is overcooking them. As not all ovens are the same, remember to treat the cooking time stated in any recipe as a guide.

Your cake is perfectly done and needs to be removed from the oven when the toothpick/ cake tester comes out either clean or with a few dry crumbs.

Always begin checking your cake at the earlier doneness time specified in the recipe. I like to set my timer a few minutes earlier than the shortest baking time called for.

You can always bake something longer, but over baked or burnt products are ruined! Always check for doneness about 5 minutes before the suggested bake time.

Adapting this vanilla cake to different pan sizes

The photos you see at the beginning of this post are the 6-inch, 8-inch, and 10-inch vanilla cake, with all the layers sliced and leveled.

Here is a chart of the amount of ingredients you’ll need depending on pan size.

NOTE: This is on the assumption that the height of the cake remains the same – only the circumference of the pan changes.

Follow the same procedure as written in the recipe but you may need to adjust the baking time. Remember that the time indicated below is only a guide as not all ovens are the same.

It is a good habit to check for doneness 5 minutes earlier than the shortest baking time called for. If the cake isn’t done yet, check again after 3-4 minutes.

3-tiered wedding cake with crumb coat
3-tiered vanilla cake crumb coated with Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Do you have the measurements in cups?

All baking recipes in this site have been developed using weight measurements. I am not posting cup equivalents as I have not tested making this recipe in that method. Cups are not only inconsistent, their volume equivalents vary worldwide! Having precise measurements allows for consistently amazing desserts. Baking is all about science isn’t it? A kitchen scale is an amazing investment if you are serious about baking and I cannot recommend it enough.

What frosting goes well with this cake?

I recommend pairing this vanilla cake with swiss meringue buttercream. I love swiss meringue because it’s smooth, silky, and not tooth-achingly sweet! It can be used on a variety of cakes and cupcakes as it can easily be flavored.

You might want to try:

Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Champagne Buttercream

Quick and Easy Cheater’s Swiss Meringue

Sturdy Yet Moist and Fluffy Chocolate Cake

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4.7 from 46 votes

Fluffy and Buttery Vanilla Cake

I used this to make a wedding cake and I could say this is the best homemade Vanilla Cake recipe! Made from scratch, moist, buttery and fluffy texture makes it a great base cake for all occasions. This recipe yields a tall vanilla cake – 2 8-inch cakes that are around 3 inches in height each. I then torte each cake in half, giving me 4 layers (as you see in the photos). #weddingCake #vanillaCake #diyCake #birthdayCake #diyWeddingCake
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tall and sturdy cake, wedding cake, vanilla cake, tiered cakes, yellow cake
Servings: 2 8-inch cakes, each cake around 3 inches high


  • 625 grams all-purpose flour (22 oz )
  • 18 grams baking powder (1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons )
  • 6 grams salt (1 teaspoon)
  • 454 grams butter, unsalted, at room temperature (16 oz )
  • 533 grams white granulated sugar (19 oz )
  • 9 grams vanilla extract (2 teaspoons )
  • 400 grams eggs (8 large eggs) at room temperature
  • 488 grams whole milk (17.2 oz )


  • PREPARATION. Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C). Grease the bottom of two 8x 4 round pans, then line with parchment paper (Note 1).
  • PREPARE THE DRY INGREDIENTS. In a bowl, sift all the dry ingredients together: flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. 
  • CREAM THE BUTTER, SUGAR AND VANILLA. In a stand mixer bowl, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5-8 minutes. 
  • ADD EGGS TO THE MIXTURE. Add eggs to the mixture, two at a time. Blend until incorporated and scrape the sides as needed.
  • ADD THE DRY AND WET INGREDIENTS. Add the flour mixture in four parts alternating with the milk in three parts, starting and ending with the flour mixture. Remember to add the next flour or milk until just incorporated; be careful not to overmix!
  • BAKE THE VANILLA CAKE. Pour the cake batter into prepared pans and spread it so that is it smooth and flat in the pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 60 minutes. Cool the cakes on a wire rack before removing them from the pan. Divide each cake into 2 to get 4 layers.


(Note 1) If you don’t have an 8×3 pan add parchment paper to the outsides of the pan so it will not overflow. To do this start by preparing a long strip of parchment paper, long enough to wrap around the pan. Then fold it into thirds, fold up the bottom, then fold down the top. Grease or spray a bit of baking spray onto the bottom corners of the pan to help hold the bottom circle and sides. To prepare it for the pan, curl the folded parchment paper then put it into the pan and let it uncurl. You may refer to the photo just above this printable recipe.

176 thoughts on “Fluffy and Buttery Vanilla Cake (VIDEO)”

  1. Sam

    Hi.. Would this work with Almond milk instead of whole milk?

    1. trish

      I have not tried this recipe other than whole milk, sorry. I would love to know the results in case you give it a try! Thank you.

  2. I need this recipe for a 12 inch cake. Can you please help?

    1. trish

      Sorry, I haven’t tried making this in 12-inch size yet!

  3. Cassidy

    5 stars
    We used this and your chocolate cake recipe for our wedding cake (one layer of each). It was absolutely delicious! It’s so light and fluffy. I don’t usually love vanilla cake, but this was outstanding! It was also easy to work with! We made a couple test runs, and they turned out well each time.Thank you so much!!

    1. trish

      Cassidy, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a rating and review – this helps me a lot! For a non-vanilla cake lover, I am ecstatic that you have enjoyed both cake recipes. They are truly a keeper! 🙂

  4. Alena

    5 stars
    I’m sure I looked over it, but do you know how many people a 2 tiered cake would feed? I plan to do the 8 inch and 6 inch for my daughter’s birthday.

  5. Angelina

    5 stars
    Just finished baking the cake. Turned out perfect and smells divine. This is a great recipe! Looks sturdy enough for such a big cake. Thank you for sharing!

    1. trish

      That’s awesome, Angelina! Thank you so much for leaving a rating and review!

    2. Amanda

      Hello I was just wondering how many batches you used to fill each individual cake layers? Like the 10”,8”,6”

      1. trish

        Hello! I am not sure if I understood your question correctly. I used 1 batch (which is the recipe above) for each of the tier (6, 8, 10 inch). Each batch yields 2 tall cakes, which I further sliced to get 4 layers per tier.

  6. Melissa

    Hi, I was wondering if you could flavour those cake slightly differently? Or if it would ruin the texture and consistency. I am trying to find a lemon Rosemary cake to make for a friends wedding coming up. So I am wondering if I can take a vanilla cake and add lemon and rosemary to it? 🤷‍♀️ Thanks!

    1. trish

      Hi, Melissa. You can try adding about 20g of lemon zest and about a teaspoon of lemon extract to the milk. You can also try to experiment adding lemon juice – but it might throw off the balance between wet and dry ingredients (affecting the texture and consistency) so you might need to do some tweaking. Lemon and rosemary sounds delicious!

  7. Luba

    Hi there! This cake is turning out beautifully – thank you for sharing the recipe! I’m trying to covert it for 9in round pans – do you have any advise on the calculation for that? I used the 8in by 2.25 to covert to 12 and that turned out great so far!

  8. Kate

    5 stars
    Hello! I’ve baked the top tier so far and the cake tasted great, lovely consistency for fondant. Thank you for sharing. I don’t think I’ve got the oven temp right though – it domed, cracked, and I’ll have to cut quite a bit off. I used cake protectors. Is the 175C a standard or fan-assisted temp? I’ll check my oven first for the next layer too. Thanks.

    1. trish

      Thank you for your review, Kate! 350 F/ 175C is for a conventional oven (no fan). If using a convection oven, reduce temp by 25F. It may also due to an off oven temperature, are you using an oven thermometer? Place the thermometer near where you would be placing your cake pans to see if you have the correct temp. I discovered mine is 10 F hotter!

  9. Suzana gorvokovic

    My question is do you apply room temperature frosting on room temperature cakes ? Or do u recommend to put cakes in fridge for a while ? If so how long before icing them ? I feel like my frosting always soft even though I’ve done a thicker frosting. Please help !!! 🙂

    1. trish

      Hi, Suzana! I frost my cakes either at room temperature or from the fridge when I bake the cake layers a day before. You can choose to put the cake in the fridge for a few hours (about 2 hours I would say) so it is easier to handle and frost them. What kind of frosting are you trying to make? Buttercream should really be soft and smooth but should hold up its shape when piping. If it’s too runny then one reason can be the butter you used might be too soft/warm, or you need more powdered sugar.

      1. Louise

        5 stars
        Hi Trish

        I’ve made the chocolate version of your recipe and it’s incredible. Question on the 10inch pan, do you know how I’d calculate it using one pan to get 4 layers? Or is it just best to get a 2nd tin? My cupboard space is limited so was hoping to keep to just 1 pan haha silly I know.
        Or is it simple double the mix but increase the baking time?

        1. trish

          Hello, Louise! I recommend getting a 2nd tin. Putting a lot of batter in 1 deep cake pan (e.g. 10×3 or 10×4) would mean longer baking time – which also means the outer cake will come out drier because they are the ones that get to finish baking first. Some use a heating core to help bake the cake evenly but note that your heating core should be as tall as the height of your batter when it is in the pan. Sorry, I don’t much experience on this one!

  10. Amanda

    I am new to measuring ingredients. When you say sift dry ingredients together, do you mean weigh them first and then sift them together?

    1. trish

      Hi, Amanda – you are correct. Weigh your ingredients first before sifting them.

      1. Amanda

        Thank you! Also, I was wondering, can this be made in advance and frozen, and would it work well with raspberry filling?

      2. Amanda

        Thank you. Can this cake be made ahead of time and frozen. Also, does it work well with raspberry filling?

        1. trish

          Yes, this can definitely be made ahead. After cake has cooled and removed from pan, tightly wrap each layer in plastic film/ cling wrap and store in the fridge. I have a photo on how I did it in my DIY wedding cake post. If keeping for longer than about 3 days I suggest freezing it. I would put an extra layer of protection from freezer burn, like wrapping the cakes again in aluminum foil then placing it in a freezer-friendly container. To thaw, place in the fridge for about 8 hours or simply take out from the freezer and leave at room temp for about 2 hours before using it.

          This vanilla cake would go well with raspberry filling! 🙂

          1. Amanda

            5 stars
            Love this recipe. I’ve made it in 6, 8, and 10. Now I’m converting with your pan chart. My question is on the eggs, do you use 18 eggs for a 12 inch. Or, would you use 16 because each pan size goes up by 4? Also when your converting and it 1406.25 you just do an even 1406? And 40.5 go up to 41? Thanks!

          2. trish

            Thank you for rating the recipe! I would follow the conversion, so it’s gonna be 18 eggs. When converting, usually I round-up when it’s .5 and above, and round-down when it’s below .5 . I think this tiny difference (less than a gram) though would not make a difference so, for this case, you can choose either way. =)

  11. Lauren

    Hi! I’ve made this cake several times and it’s the best cake ever! I wanted to see if anyone has tried this batter out for cupcakes- how many does it yield, what temp did you use and how long did you bake for??

    1. trish

      Thank you, Lauren! It’s been quite a while since I used this recipe for cupcakes. My estimate is half the recipe ingredients of the 6-inch vanilla cake and it should yield about 12 cupcakes (45g of batter for each cupcake). Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick test comes out clean.

  12. Lerato

    5 stars
    I always thought I had the best vanilla sponge cake recipe but WOW WOW WOW. This has upped my game so much. Thank you for sharing!

    1. trish

      You are speaking my love language – thank you so much for taking the time to rate and share your feedback! =)

    2. I just came across this recipe and I’ve been looking for a vanilla cake recipe for sometime as most of them are so dry and I don’t like putting syrup onto my cakes…I’ve been looking for a good recipe with oil butter and buttermilk ….I will try it based on your rating etc …and definitely will give feedback

      1. trish

        This recipe does not use oil
        and buttermilk, but I hope you will like it!

  13. Anass Talai

    This is the worst recipe I’ve ever tried, the batter is too thin the cake was so dense and it didn’t rise.
    I was planing to make a birthday cake, but it ruined the whole surprise and the day.

    1. trish

      Sorry, that happened to you! The final batter should be thick but smooth, as you see in the video.

    2. Manal Hassan

      I made it and it turned out divine! Maybe you didn’t cream the butter and sugar the full 5-7 minutes or overmixed it?

  14. Sharon C Karani

    This was a really good cake and tasted amazing, however, the vanilla flavor was not strong enough for me. I’ll add more vanilla next time. Can make this into a lemon cake?

    1. trish

      Hi, Sharon. Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback! Unfortunately, I haven’t tried turning this into a lemon cake yet.


    sorry trish that chart was confusing alittle i was trying to see how much more ingredients i have to add to make a 12 x 3 size cake pan . not sure of the chart you sent me

    1. trish

      Hello! If we are going to use the recipe for 8-inch round and you want to convert it to a 12-inch round, the conversion factor is 2.25. For example, this recipe calls for 18 grams of baking powder, so for the 12-inch recipe you would need 41 grams (18 x 2.25 = 40.5) of baking powder.


      Hi Trish is the recipe on your chart fir the 10 inch is that a 10 x 2 size you need do you have ingredients for a 12 x 3 i wasn’t understanding the charts when you said to covert it by the factor

      1. trish

        The recipes on the chart are for 6×3 and 10×3. The one on the recipe card is for 8×3. You can derive the amounts for a 12 x 3 cake by multiplying all the ingredient amounts of the 8-inch recipe by 2.25 (as shown on my previous reply to your comment).

  16. Stephanie

    Hi! I’m a little confused about your recipe. Does this recipe make a 6inch 2 layer cake, a 8inch 2 layer cake, and a 10inch layer cake? I would like to use it to make a 10inch two or 3 layer cake. Do I use the recipe as is?

    1. trish

      The recipe makes two 8-inch cakes and each 8-inch cake is about 3.5 inches high. For the pictures you see in this post, I torte each cake into 2 giving me a total of 4 layers.

      1. Stephanie

        I see now. Thank you! Can I ask would doubling this recipe be enough for a 10inch cake 3 layers? Or should I triple the recipe?

        1. trish

          There is an ingredient chart for a 10-inch cake within the post. Same procedure but you have to adjust the baking time. =)

  17. Arlette

    Hi Trish, what is the right temperature of the butter to be at room temperature? So it won’t create lumps in batter.

    1. trish

      Room temp butter is at around 20-21 C (68-70F).

  18. Rachel Whitehouse

    Thank you for such a great recipe.
    I always get a big rise up the middle halfway through baking my cakes. Then I have to trim a large chunk of to level my cake. I make sure my ingredients are room temp. Do you have any suggestions for how to stop this.

    1. trish

      You’re welcome, Rachel! Your oven might be too hot. I would check first if my oven is really at the right temperature by using an oven thermometer. I discovered mine was 5 degrees hotter. When it is at the right temp and is still happening, try using a cake strip. You may refer to the the chocolate version of this recipe where I used a cake strip – https://thebakeologie.com/sturdy-moist-chocolate-cake/

      Note though that your baking time might be a little longer if you are using cake strips.

    2. Barbara

      I always put a kitchen towel over my cakes, just out of the oven, and gently push down to just above the edge of the pan. Has always worked. Never have to cut off the tops that way.

      1. trish

        Interesting…I have never tried that. Thanks for the tip! =)

  19. Cassidy

    5 stars
    We’re making our own wedding cake and are trying different recipes. This one is sooo good! It was very moist and delicious! We didn’t try stacking quite yet, but it seems sturdy enough. Thank you so much! We’re looking forward to trying the chocolate cake recipe soon!

    1. trish

      Awesome! When I finally nailed this recipe, I was so happy too. Thank you so much for the rating and for sharing your feedback!

  20. Lori

    Hello, where can I download the baking pan conversion chart for the 4 and 10 inch cakes. Thanks!

    1. trish

      Hi, Lori. It will be automatically sent once you input your email on any of the sign-up forms at the homepage, sidebar, and after each post.

  21. Kay

    Hi there! Can I use vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract?

  22. Jaycie

    4 stars
    Hi! I tried making this cake recipe and I feel like it tastes a little like cornbread. ???‍♀️ What did I do wrong and how can I fix it?! Thank you!

    1. trish

      I’m sorry it didn’t turn out well for you….I am also not sure why it tasted like cornbread if there’s no cornmeal in it? The vanilla, butter, and sugar should stand out in this recipe.

  23. Solange

    5 stars
    Hi Trish
    The dry and wet ingredients and do I still mix it on the mixer stand on slow for 2 minutes. should I removed the bowl and incorporate with a manual mixer.

    1. trish

      Hello! Continuously mix the dry and wet ingredients using the stand mixer, no need to remove the bowl.

  24. Arlette

    4 stars
    Hi Trish,
    The stand mixer do I use the flat beater to mix butter and sugar.

  25. Acestar

    Hi , thank you for sharing this recipe. I was wondering if it’s okay to use normal baking powder since I can’t get double acting baking powder where I live.

    1. trish

      I haven’t tried it yet but I think there should be no issue using baking powder that is not double acting. I would love to know in case you would try!

  26. Tinisha

    I’m excited to try this recipe…so all cake sizes yields 2 pans usage regardless of size and has a depth of 4 inches each. Im i understanding correctly. If so would i need the full recipe to make a 10 in 4 layer cake or half, because this would be enough to make 2 whole cakes?

  27. anita

    Hello, it seems awfully alot of sugar, can i cut down the sugar? will it change the outcome? thanks

    1. trish

      Hi, Anita! The recipe yields a thick cake (per pan) so it uses a lot of flour and sugar. I haven’t tried reducing the sugar for this cake, but from what I know the general guide is you can reduce the sugar of a recipe by no more than 1/3. Sugar adds moisture so it may slightly affect the texture. I would love to know the outcome in case you give it a try!

  28. BabycakesB


    Can this recipe be used for a 10 inch heart shaped cake pan

    1. trish

      Yes, but you have to take note that the recipe yields a tall cake so the height of your heart-shaped pan should be able to accommodate that.

  29. Benny

    5 stars
    This is the perfect yellow cake recipe. Its moist and fluffy yet has weight to it and feels great for carving and stacking just as stated. Most importantly it’s DELICIOUS. I carved out a shape and everyone ate up the scraps and shavings before I even finished the crumb coat!
    One question: Is a strawberry version possible? (Like that classic pink strawberry flavored cake) Or perhaps a way to alter this one without throwing off the amazing texture?

    1. trish

      Thank you, Benny! My daughter loved the scraps too, especially the ones from the top. Aside from chocolate, I haven’t actually explored making a strawberry version of this, but I would love to know in case you’ll give it a try. =)

  30. Jeanette

    You have mentioned using the flour then milk, flour then milk, when would I incorporate the other wet ingredients?

    1. trish

      After step 5 (refer to recipe card) there are no other wet ingredients left to be added.

  31. Rachel Sullivan

    How can I convert this recipe to a 12 inch pan?

    1. trish

      You can download my baking pan conversion chart to convert this recipe to different pan size.

  32. Robyn

    Great recipe! Can’t wait to try it!! I was wondering if I could use salted butter instead of unsalted butter?

    1. trish

      Use unsalted butter so you can control the amount of salt. =)

      1. Elena Verpeko

        5 stars
        Hi, I tried your chocolate version of the sturdy cake and it came out perfectly moist , sturdy and very tasty. Thank you so much. I’m wondering do you have conversion formula to convert the recipe to half sheet pan (12″x8″x3″)for the vanilla sturdy cake ( I don’t have conversion chart)

        1. trish

          Thank you for leaving a rating and review – your ratings help me so I truly appreciate it!

          I haven’t personally tried making this cake in 12 x 8 size. But to convert from 8 inch (8×3) to 12×8 (12x8x3) inch pan, the conversion factor is 1.91. So multiply all the ingredient amounts of the 8-inch recipe by 1.91. Note that this is with the assumption that both pans have the same pan height, which is 3 inches. As a general rule, do not overfill your pan; if there’s extra batter yoU may bake them as cupcakes.

  33. Emily

    3 stars
    I spent ages weighing out correctly as I usually use cups and the butter grease thing has happened to me too 🙁

    1. trish

      oh no! so sorry to hear that…I wish I was there to see your batter. Did you use the recipe for 8-inch? Were all your ingredients at room temperature?

  34. Leentjie

    5 stars
    Can you make a chocolate cake using this recipe? And if so what would the flour to cocoa ratio be?

  35. Leentjie

    Can this recipe be altered to make a chocolate cake? I absolutely love this recipe. Finally found my ultimate vanilla cake recipe. Thank you.

    1. trish

      Glad you love the outcome! Thank you for trying this recipe and sending me feedback. =) The chocolate version is in the works. The difference is not just in flour to cocoa ratio. Please watch out for it soon.

  36. Aina

    Hi, if i half the recipe do I half the baking time too?

    1. trish

      Nope. If you half the recipe, you would need just 1 baking pan instead of 2 but same baking time.

  37. elaine grant

    just a bit confused! does the recipe make just one 8×4 inch tall cake??? just doesn’t seem enough for 2 8x4inch tall cakes

    1. trish

      This makes 2 8-inch cakes and each cake is around 4-inch high. I then torte/cut each cake into 2, giving me 4 layers (as you see in the photos).

  38. Jenny

    Hi there, I have also tried the 10 inch cake, as a single layer, using 487 gr flour, but it is butter soaked. I have been unable to download your pan converter, can I get that info anywhere else?
    Would a longer, hotter bake help, do you think?

    1. trish

      Oh my, sorry that happened to you! It’s hard to say what specifically went wrong since I don’t see your actual batter. I am thinking maybe butter was not measured correctly? or there are lumps of butter not mixed well or needs more mixing for the butter to fully incorporate? There are many things that could go wrong, sorry I’m not much of help. How about you try a single layer of the 6-inch first and see from there?

      Were you able to check the spam folder? =) Sometimes it goes straight there. If not there, just let me know and I’ll gladly resend it to you.

  39. Dee

    5 stars
    Thankyou so much for this. I was looking for this type of recipe and conversations for almost a year now, i tried it and it turned out amazingly though I’d also like to know what formula should i use to convert a recipe for round pan to heart shaped pan?

    1. trish

      I’m glad it worked for you, Dee! I haven’t tried making this in a heart-shaped pan so I’m not really sure. But if I were to do it, I would use a round pan that is closest to the size of my heart-shaped pan. Then I would half the recipe for that pan size since this recipe yields a tall cake – definitely more than 2 inches. Most heart-shape pans I see are only around 2 inches in height.

    2. Farah


      My pans are 8inch but only 3 inch tall. Can I use this recipe?

      1. trish

        Yes, but put extra height on the parchment paper to be sure. See photo and explanation in the post.

        1. Margie

          I’ve made this cake several times, it is delicious, stacks well and can handle covering with fondant! My grandkids love it without icing, pure vanilla buttery taste! You mention to line sides of pan as the cake rises, I tried that and it didn’t rise higher than my 2” pans. BUT! In reading all these comments I just noticed to use double acting baking powder! Never noticed, just grabbed my regular baking powder. Now I’ll have to try it the correct way, I also have to try the chocolate version, if the grandkids will let me!

          1. trish

            Margie, I am curious which one will they like better – chocolate or vanilla?! =)

    3. Joanne

      5 stars
      Hi I have not actually made this cake yet but am excited to give it a go.. the picture is amazing!!!!!
      I just want to check what size of eggs you use in this recipe?

      1. trish

        Thanks! I hope you’ll give it a try! I use large eggs, weighs more or less 50g each without the shell.

    1. trish

      Yey! Thank you so much for letting me know, Patricia!!!!

  40. Sofia

    Can I make that vanilla cake recipe under my Fondant cake?

    1. Margie

      Sofia, I use this this recipe for all my 3 to 4 tier fondant covered cakes, it wont let you down.

  41. Angelina Daintry

    Hi Trish.

    I want to make a 9×13″ cake but when trying to do the calculation for the ingredients I got a bit confused. It seems I would need to do almost 1 1/2 times the 10″ cake size. That seems like an awfully big cake using like 10 cups of flour. Could you help me figure out the measurements?
    Thank you so much for your help.


    1. trish

      Hi, Angelina! My short and simple answer is to use the ingredient amounts listed for the 6-inch cake.

      And this is my long answer if you’re interested. =) Converting this recipe from 8×4 round to 9x13x2 rectangular cake is quite tricky because the conversion formula assumes that the yield and height of the cake stay the same. Note that this recipe yields 2 8-inch round cakes that are about 4 inches high each; this is quite a tall cake! So the reason why the amount of ingredients are extremely big is because the conversion assumes you will also be baking in 2 9×13 rectangular pans that would yield a cake around 4 inches in height (for each cake) as well.

      Here are my thoughts…If I were to convert this recipe to make only 1 layer of cake in a 9x13x2 pan, I would first divide each ingredient the recipe calls for into 4 before multiplying it with the conversion factor which is 2.33. So for the sugar, you would need 310 grams (533 / 4 x 2.33).

      Fill your 9×13 baking pan up to two-thirds full so the batter doesn’t pour over the sides; you might have a bit of batter left. Hope this helps!

  42. Angel


    I would like to make this cake for my friends wedding 6”, 8”, 10”, 14”… how many days in advance should I make the cake? And can I freeze the cake?



    1. trish

      You can make this up to 1 week again and then freeze the cake layers, though the closer to the event date the better. When I made this for a wedding cake, I made these vanilla cake layers 2 days ahead and stored them in the fridge, tightly wrapped in plastic cling wrap. I then assembled and frosted the cake 1 day before the wedding day. Hope this helps!

  43. Barbara

    5 stars
    Hi, this is the best recipe I’ve ever come across. Here in Ghana is hard to come by all purpose flour and so I use soft/pastry flour and it still comes out great. Thanks a lot Trish

    1. trish

      Thank you, Barbara. That is so great to know! 🙂

  44. Khizrah

    5 stars
    Hi, your recipe sounds good but does it rise with plain flour?? What happens if I use self raising flour instead of plain flour??

    1. trish

      Yes, it rises with using plain flour or all-purpose flour because we also add baking powder.

      Self-raising flour has baking powder and salt already mixed together so you could omit those ingredients. It also has lower protein content so the outcome of the recipe might slightly change. I haven’t actually tried using self-raising flour for this recipe though.

  45. Karen

    4 stars
    I love the flavor of this cake i made it for a wedding and it came out perfect, had to play around with the pans since i had too much batter. My question now is I want to try it for a tres leches cake, will the consistency work with the milk soaking? Thanks

    1. trish

      Glad you liked the cake! They’re great for tiered cakes, right?

      About the milk soaking, I’m sorry I haven’t tried it yet with this cake so I won’t be of much help. I would love to know your results though!

  46. achu

    5 stars
    Hi!!! I want to make de 8″ recipe but instead of vainilla I want it to be chocolate flavour. How much of cacao powder do I have to add and how much of flour do I have to take ?? thanks for the recipes!!

  47. Isha

    Can I use cake flour instead of all purpose flour?

    1. trish

      I haven’t actually tried, but I would think it’s ok to use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour. However, if you’re going to make tiered cakes I suggest to stick with all-purpose flour because we need its higher protein content for structure. Cake flour would make the cake more tender and crumbly, which might not be enough to support tiered cakes.

  48. Kailey

    Hi! I am working with only one set of 10-8-6 inch pans. Can I make the recipe work for those pans? Do you have a suggestion for the amount of batter in each pan?

    1. trish

      Hi, Kaily. Yes, it would definitely work if you have only 1 set of 10-8-6 pans. You just have an extra waiting time because you need to let the cake cool down a bit before releasing them and washing them again for the 2nd batch. Are your pans about 4-inches high? If not, make sure to add parchment paper to the outsides of the pan so it will not overflow.

      For the amount of batter in each pan, I would weigh the batter and equally divide them into 2.

  49. Tana

    4 stars
    Hi i jist want to know if i can add preservative like alcohol to this recipe

    1. trish

      Hi, Tana. I’m pretty sure you can add alcohol as flavoring to this recipe, but I am not sure with the amount since I haven’t tried. Sorry, I won’t be of help with your question. I would love to know though in case you’d try!

  50. Sheldene Jones

    Hi, I have been using bf this recipe for my first attempt at a wedding cake. The 6” and the 8” have been amazing but the 10” literally looks itbhas been soaked in butter. I’m not sure what to do?

    1. trish

      Hmmm…I double-checked the measurements posted here and they should be correct. I am thinking maybe an ingredient hasn’t been measured correctly? Like too much butter or less flour? Using my free baking conversion chart and the 8-inch recipe as the base, I just multiplied all the ingredients by 1.56 to get the measurements for the 10-inch and .56 to get the measurements for the 6-inch.

  51. Keen

    Hi… Can i use evaporated milk instead for the whole milk?

    1. trish

      I haven’t actually tried, sorry. But I would love to know how it turns out!

  52. Ann

    Could I use this receipt for cupcakes?

    1. trish

      Yes. Half the recipe for the 8-inch cake and that should give you around 24 regular size cupcakes. You may need to adjust the time though. Bake at 350 F and start to check at about 17-minute mark.

      1. Rose


        1. trish

          Hi, Rose. For this specific recipe, I don’t recommend replacing the butter with oil. This cake is made by the creaming method – beating butter and sugar to give the cake a lighter texture. Oil is not a suitable substitute as it cannot be beaten to incorporate air.

    2. Paula

      5 stars
      Hi I would like to know if you tried to use buttermilk? Does it work in this recipe? Does it become moisture?
      I tried it with milk, I loved it but some clients asked to have it moisture.
      Thank you

      1. trish

        Hi, Paula. Sorry, I haven’t used buttermilk for this recipe. I would love to know in case you would give it a try!

  53. Nancy

    5 stars
    I tried this recipie and the recipie gave me two 8×3 round cakes. The flavor is amazing, this is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I measured all my ingredients with a scale.

    1. trish

      Oh thank you for letting me know, Nancy! You just made my day! 🙂

  54. terry spuhler

    you mentioned that chocolate or lemon etc. can be added to the icing , how much of each do I add and what type? for instance for the chocolate would I add chocolate chips to the mixture over the heat to melt? How much lemon juice would I add?

    1. trish

      Are you referring to the Swiss Meringue buttercream that is linked from this page? If yes, for that recipe, add 85 grams (3 ounces) of milk chocolate (melted and cooled) as the last step, and you’ll have a milk chocolate buttercream. To make it a lemon swiss meringue buttercream, add lemon zest, lemon juice, or lemon curd. I usually start with a small amount and then add as I taste the buttercream. If I want just a hint of lemon then I’ll just go for about a 1 teaspoon of lemon zest and 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice.

  55. Anna Maria

    It’s in the oven for 35 min so far and it looks wonderful, I can’t wait to taste the final product!
    I used one 12×3 pan and it’s almost to the top!

    1. trish

      Yay! That’s a big cake! How did it go? =)

  56. Karen

    8 pieces of eggs? Dose this mean 8 whole eggs? Thank you for sharing ur recipe I can’t wait to try it!!

    1. trish

      Hi, Karen. Yes, it’s 8 whole eggs. Hope you’ll like the vanilla cake! =)

  57. Eve

    5 stars
    Hi!! Your recipe sounds and looks amazing, could you please help me how to adjust it for high altitude or is it safe to bake over 2800 over sea level. I asume at sea level won’t be a problem. Thx in advance. Eve

  58. Paula

    Hi, Thanks for sharing this recipe. I was wondering if I can use buttermilk instead of whole milk?

    1. trish

      Hmmm, I haven’t actually tried replacing milk with buttermilk for this recipe. I would think when you replace the milk with buttermilk, the acidity of the cake batter will increase slightly so to balance it you have to replace some or all of the baking powder with baking soda. Sorry, I’m not much of help with this one but I would love to know the results if you’re going to try it out!

  59. Angela

    Hi, I am in the uk. Not sure where you are based. Should I use granulated sugar or caster sugar for this recipe? Many thanks x

    1. trish

      Hi, Angela. I use granulated sugar. But if you’re measuring the ingredients by weight, you can use either granulated or caster sugar. That’s the beauty of weighing ingredients – 500 grams is 500 grams regardless of how fine or coarse your sugar crystals are. =) Hope you’ll like the vanilla cake!

  60. Pat

    Can this cake be used to cover fondant?

    1. trish

      Hi, Pat! I have never tried but I don’t see any reason why fondant will not work. =) But I think you need to cover the cake with a thin layer of buttercream to help the fondant stick to the cake.

  61. Lina

    Helloo….if i have baking powder double action, should it changed recipes? Thanks

    1. trish

      Hi, Lina! The regular baking powder I buy in the grocery is always double acting powder so it should not change the recipe. =)

  62. Marubi

    4 stars
    Maybe I misunderstood the recipe but this does not make 4 layers, each 4 inches thick? After re-reading the instruction it seems you get 4 inches per pan, two pans. So 2 inches per layer if you then cut each pan into two.
    I made it but I halved the recipe since I only wanted two thick layers. That was before re-reading so now I have two not-particularly-thick layers. Still a great cake though! Just won’t be as tall as I expected.

    1. trish

      Marubi, thank you so much for the feedback and I’m glad you liked the cake! This recipe yields around 3.5 to 4 inches thick per pan. So it should yield around 1.75-2 inches per layer if you cut each pan into two.

      1. Patricia

        I tried this recipe for the 6inch cake, it’s came out beautifully. However my cakes were only 2inches thick.

        1. trish

          I am glad it came out beautifully! Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback, Patricia!

  63. Donna

    Can this recipe be used for a half sheet cake?

    1. trish

      Hi, Donna! Yes, you can. Download the free baking pan conversion chart so you can adjust the amount of ingredient for 13×9 pan or whichever pan you have.

  64. Samantha

    Could i bake this on a sheet pan ?

    1. trish

      yes! You can use download the free conversion chart so you can adjust the amount of ingredients for the pan size that you have.

  65. Do the instrucrions also go for the 6 and 10 inch cakes just using their ingredient measurements? And does the ingredient recipe make 2 each of their cake pans also ?

    1. trish

      Hi, Destiny. Yes, the instructions are the same for the 6 and 10-inch cakes. You would also need 2 6-inch and 2 8-inch pans which will yield to 2 layers each pan.

  66. Linda

    I find there is a lot of variance with egg sizes and usually weigh my eggs and then use an equal weight of butter … how does this recipe compare. Does the weight of butter equal the weight of the 8 eggs. Could you give me an idea of the total weight of the eggs you use if the weighing is so important to the success of this cake. Many thanks.

    1. trish

      Hi, Linda! From where I am, large eggs (without shell) weigh from 50 to 53 grams. For the 8-inch recipe above, my 8 large eggs had a total weight of 412 grams. Hope this helps!

  67. Are you sure that it takes 5 cups of all-purpose flour? That sounds like a lot of flour to me.

    1. trish

      Yes, the measurement is really 625 grams or 5 cups at 125 grams per cup. This is quite a tall cake, as I’ve mentioned above. The height of each baked round (before torting and leveling) is around 3.5-4 inches. You can definitely half the recipe if you wish to have thinner cake layers. Hope this helps!

      1. Alayna

        Did you have to use dowels for this?

      2. Marlith Martinez

        Hi I have to do a10x2 inch cake and a8x2 for stacking so I should I follow the recipe guide?

        1. trish

          Yes. Just don’t forget to extend your parchment paper as your pans are only 2 inches high.

      3. Afshan

        How much butter cream required for frosting that 4layer cake.

        1. trish

          I would say I used about 4 cups of buttercream for the 8-inch, but mine was a semi-naked cake so it varies – depending on your how you would finish your cake.

  68. Carol

    Pieces of egg. Do I assume 1 piece is one egg? Thanks.

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