Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe At Home| Step By Step Guidance

Simple Vanilla Cake Recipe At Home| Step by Step Guidance for Best Vanilla Cake Recipe

The vanilla cake recipe is the first cake recipe that I learned from my mom. Being brought up in a small town has its own perks and we did not really have any bakeries in our town when we were kids. Mom's kitchen was the only place where we used to get freshly baked cakes. She used to create magic with her round top open oven. Whether it was my or my sister's birthday or Christmas or New Year, for us it was time for a yummy cake made by mom.

Homemade Vanilla Cake Recipe

When I think about a vanilla cake the vision that comes to my mind is a big throne set in the kingdom of clouds, harps playing in the air and angels singing in their sweet voice. I am shaken to reality when the thought of making the cake batter crosses the mind. Any homemade vanilla cake recipe would call for creaming butter and sugar and yes, the texture of the cake does depend on this. Also, butter lends this cake with its beautiful flavor but does not come cheap.

I have tried several moist vanilla cake recipes that do not use butter. Though these are easy to make and also easy on the pocket; they also seem to be lacking in terms of flavor. On the other hand vanilla cakes made without butter also tend to be super moist. You could easily store them in the refrigerator or carry for snacking during that weekend trip. So the thought of coming up with a vanilla cake recipe that is light and airy and also very flavourful was literally giving me sleepless nights. As they say, try and try and you will succeed, so did I. You can heighten the flavor with one magic ingredient which I happened to realize accidentally. More on that later.

Homemade Vanilla Cake
Homemade Vanilla Cake

This soft vanilla cake tastes so good that you might find it difficult to stop at just one piece. The best part of the recipe is that you could put it together just like that. You just mix everything and the batter is ready. This is also a very food recipe for a layer cake. You can frost this with vanilla or chocolate buttercream or dark chocolate ganache or whipped cream or just about any frosting you can think of. This fluffy vanilla cake gets along with everyone! I decorated this cake with vanilla buttercream in hues of pink and white.

Soft Vanilla Cake| Pink Vanilla Cake
Soft Vanilla Cake| Pink Vanilla Cake 

Doesn't it look gorgeous?

Do you know what makes this vanilla cake recipe my favorite? The fact that it can be used as the base for any cake that you would like to make. With some easy variations, this can become a chocolate or coffee or any fruity flavored cake (you are welcome!). Now coming to that magic ingredient that lends this cake a subtle yet amazing flavor. The name of the ingredient is nutmeg- yes you read that right. I came to know this by chance. I happened to accidentally mix nutmeg powder to the flour that I was using for making my easy vanilla cake and I fell in love with the aroma of the finished product. Vanilla and nutmeg combine to form a flavor that is beyond words and you can only feel it when you eat it.

Vanilla Cake Recipe| Check Out the Following Easy Step by Step Process


Flour                 200 gms
Sugar                200 gms
Eggs                     4 large
Oil                         ¼ cup
Milk                       ½ cup
Salt                     A pinch
Baking Powder       2 tsp
Vanilla Essence      2 tsp
Nutmeg Powder     ¼ tsp


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C. Grease and dust or line with parchment paper a 7" round cake pan. 

  • Shift into a mixing bowl the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg powder to make it light and airy.

  • In another bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and whisk the eggs a little to break them.

Vanilla Cake Recipe Step by Step
Vanilla Cake Recipe Step by Step

  • Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix it all together with a whisk or a hand beater till it's just light and fluffy.

  • Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 30-35 minutes or a skewer inserted into the cake comes out without any traces of wet batter.

  • Leave on a cooling rack till you can touch the cake pan with bare hands and then take it out of the pan. 

  • Enjoy it warm or cooled to room temperature or decorate it the way you want. 

Do try this vanilla cake recipe out, I am sure you are going to love it. You can substitute the oil with melted butter and also add nuts or dried fruits to your liking. The amount of nutmeg that I have mentioned will enhance the vanilla flavor. If you are baking this cake for the first time, my suggestion is that you stick to the specified amount. Nutmeg has a really strong flavor and the cake may not taste very good if it is overused. You can certainly adjust the amount to your taste on your next attempts.

Let me know in the comment section below how this recipe turns out for you.

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