Vanilla Cake Recipe

Vanilla cake is a classic recipe that everyone should know how to make! This recipe doesn’t require buttermilk, making it accessible for baking enthusiasts who don’t normally keep buttermilk on hand. Customize it with your favorite toppings and filling.

Vanilla cake without buttermilk topped with frosting.

This recipe is for just a basic vanilla cake. The great thing about it is that it is a blank canvas just waiting for your creativity. Let’s take a quick look at how to make a Vanilla Cake.


For this homemade cake recipe, you need the following ingredients:

  • unsalted butter
  • vegetable shortening
  • sugar
  • egg whites
  • vanilla extract
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • milk

How To Make Vanilla Cake Without Buttermilk From Scratch

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

Go ahead and prepare your baking pans – line them with parchment paper, spray them with nonstick spray, or grease the pans with shortening and sprinkle them with flour to create a non-sticking surface.

While it is warming up, cream butter, shortening, and sugar in a bowl. This is a great time to pull out your stand mixer and use it. If not, you can use a hand mixer or a good old-fashioned whisk will do.

Creaming sugar and butter.

Add egg whites and vanilla and mix until it is smooth-ish.

Adding vanilla to sugar mixture.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.

Adding leavening.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the creamy sugar mixture, alternating with milk. Mix it until it becomes smooth.

Adding milk to batter.

Next, divide the batter evenly between prepared baking pans. Lightly tap the pans on the countertop to help even out the batter.

Pouring batter into pans.

Bake them for 30 – 35 minutes. You want to be able to stick a toothpick in the middle of the cake and for it to come out clean. If it comes out with batter on it, the cake is not ready to come out. If that’s the case, bake it a little bit longer. Keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t overbake.

slice of white cake

Vanilla Cake Without Buttermilk

This recipe for Vanilla Cake is a blank canvas waiting for your artistic touches. Customize it with your favorite toppings and filling.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 413kcal


  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • ½ cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 large egg whites room temperature
  • 1 Tablespoon real vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk


  • Place top oven rack in center position and pre-heat oven to 350°F. Prepare two 8-inch round cake pans by spraying with non-stick cooking sprayand lining the bottom with a parchment paper round. Set aside.
  • Cream butter, shortening and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add in the egg whites and vanilla, and mix until smooth. 
  • In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix to combine. Add in the milk and continue mixing until smooth.
  • Divide the cake batter evenly between the prepared baking pans and place in the pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  • To frost the cake, first level the top of each cake layer by carefully slicing the rounded portion of the cake off. (A cake leveler works great for this). Put the leveled side down on a cake plate. Add a thin layer of the Buttercream Frosting to the exposed top side.
  • Add the second cake layer, again with the leveled top side down. Add the remaining frosting to the top of the cake, slowly working it around from the middle of the cake top to the edges. Scrape some of the frosting over the edges and apply a thin layer of frosting to the sides of the cake.
  • Slice and serve immediately. Enjoy!


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 215mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g
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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    It’s Funny, I tend to LOOK for Cakes WITH BUTTERMILK, as apposed to Sour cream or Yogurt (I/ don’t like that texture, or taste)
    Sooo when I came across this recipe, @ 1st I was going to skip over it… cuz I thought maybe it has Yogurt or Sour cream… soooo Glad I looked!
    Can’t wait to try it. G-D Willing.
    (I’ll B USING NON Dairy ingredients (like I always do!)

    Thanks again 4 this recipe, can’t wait to see & try some of ur other recipes 😋!

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