Before we move on, let's hit a couple key points. As with any great VANILLA cake, the main ingredient here is VANILLA. So make sure to use a great quality vanilla extract. Now my favorite is Madagascar vanilla, but it can be hard to find. So my cake loves, here are a few awesome vanilla extracts (and beans) to choose from:
Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla
McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
Tahitian Vanilla Beans
Dark Mexican Vanilla Extract
Watch the Video Tutorial Below!
NO-FAIL VANILLA CAKE
Vanilla Cake Recipe:
3 Lg Eggs
2 C Buttermilk (Half & Half, 2 T vinegar)
1 C Vegetable Oil
2 C Sugar
3 C Flour
1/2 t Salt
1/2 t Baking Powder
2 t Baking Soda
1 T Vanilla Extract
The Simplest Directions Ever!
1. Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl: Combine all dry ingredients. This includes flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. I like to fluff up the dry ingredients with a whisk. This helps to make the flour light and airy without having to sift. #BakingHacks
2. Next we add all of the wet ingredients to the dry mix. Many prefer to purchase buttermilk, but honestly I find it more cost effective to just make my own. I do this by mixing about 1 tablespoon of vinegar for every 1 cup of milk or half & half.
3. Mix all of the ingredients together for a couple of minutes just until all of the flour has completely incorporated. Be careful as to not over-mix the batter. Line your cake pans with parchment paper and rub the sides with butter or nonstick cooking spray.
4. Lastly, pour the batter into 2 9 inch or 3 8 inch pans and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until springy to the touch. If you're not confident in the touching method, go ahead a stick a toothpick in the center - it should come out clean.
Allow the cake to cool before decorating. Here are a few delicious frostings to choose from.