Today: Get My No Fail, Easy Cookbook Series for 60% OFF
Buy Now

Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe

Pin RecipeReview Recipe
close up shot of a slice of vanilla snack cake recipe on a plate
This easy vanilla cake recipe comes out moist and delicious and is then smothered with a tasty buttercream frosting.
Jump to Recipe
Table of Contents
  1. Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe Ingredients
  2. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe
  4. How To Serve This Vanilla Snack Cake
  5. Storing This Easy Moist Cake Recipe
  6. More Recipes You’ll Love
  7. JUMP TO RECIPE

Anytime the whim strikes, bake up this delightful and easy vanilla cake recipe for a treat. Soft, simple, and sweet, it is a perfect little dessert packed with rich vanilla flavor to satisfy a craving.

close up shot of a slice of vanilla snack cake recipe on a plate

Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe Ingredients

vanilla snack cake recipe raw ingredients that are labeled
Don't want to lose this recipe? Get it emailed to you directly! Enter your email below. Plus you'll get a free e-cookbook and amazing recipes sent to you daily.

Who doesn’t love the rich, sweet taste of a freshly baked vanilla cake? And the best part? With this easy vanilla cake recipe, you can whip up a delectable dessert in no time.

The moist, fluffy texture and delicate vanilla flavor are sure to leave your taste buds dancing with delight.

You’ll need:

For The Cake:

  • 1½ cups of cake flour 
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ cup of vegetable oil 
  • ½ cup of whole milk
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon of almond extract

For The Frosting (optional):

  • ¾ cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of whole milk

Substitutions And Additions

FLOUR: Instead of using cake flour, you can use all-purpose flour for this delicious vanilla cake recipe. It will need to be sifted and then whisked.

SOUR CREAM: Instead of sour cream, you can use ½ cup buttermilk (½ whole milk, ½ buttermilk) in this homemade vanilla cake recipe.

TOPPING: Vanilla frosting, chocolate frosting, powdered sugar, or cinnamon sugar all work on top of this simple vanilla snack cake recipe. And, of course, everything’s better with rainbow sprinkles.

How To Make This Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe

These easy, step-by-step directions will walk you through whipping up the simple cake batter along with the sweet frosting to make this cake in a flash.

For The Cake

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the cake flour, white sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set dry ingredients aside.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

It is very important that you do not over mix or aggressively mix the flour in; otherwise, the cake will be very dense.

STEP TWO: Using a separate bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, milk, sour cream, egg, vanilla, and almond extract.

sour cream, egg, vanilla and almond extract whisked together in a bowl

STEP THREE: Gently fold the wet ingredients into the flour mixture, folding just until the flour is incorporated.

sour cream and flour mixed together in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Pour the vanilla cake batter into the prepared 8×8 square baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven for 28 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cake at the lower end of the recommended baking time.

Vanilla cake baked for 20 to 30 minutes

STEP FIVE: Cool the cake completely before frosting the top of the cake.

PRO TIP:

Place the cake in the freezer while you prepare the frosting, and it will be ready to ice and eat in no time.

For The Frosting (optional)

PRO TIP:

This moist cake can also be eaten without any frosting. It is also perfect with fruit or just by itself, warm and right out of the oven. You can also use canned frosting.

STEP ONE: Using a medium bowl, and an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream together the butter and vanilla for 1 to 1½ minutes.

blend together the butter and vanilla

STEP TWO: Lower the hand mixer to low speed and add the powdered sugar and milk. Increase the speed to medium speed. Mix for another 1½ to 2 minutes, or until the frosting is smooth and fluffy. 

sugar and milk added to the butter mixture

STEP THREE: Use a rubber spatula or an offset spatula to spread the creamy vanilla buttercream frosting evenly.

frosting spread over the cake

How To Serve This Vanilla Snack Cake

You don’t need a special occasion to make the best vanilla cake recipe around. Serve after lunch or dinner or for an afternoon snack.

If you want to turn it into a larger dessert, add a scoop of our no-churn vanilla ice cream and whipped cream on top. If you want to be extra indulgent, drizzle hot fudge on top.

Serve this simple cake with our iced tea, raspberry iced tea, sweet peach iced tea, or our southern strawberry sweet tea on the side to wash it all down.

Try a few of our other cake recipes when you are inspired to bake something. Our jello poke cake and ding dong cake are just two of many options.

Storing This Easy Moist Cake Recipe

ON THE COUNTER: If you do not wish to frost this classic vanilla cake, you can store any leftovers covered at room temperature for 2 days.

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any frosted leftovers of this moist vanilla cake in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

IN THE FREEZER: The unfrosted cake can also be frozen. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, then with aluminum foil for 3 months. Allow the cake to come to room temperature before frosting and cutting.

close up overhead shot of vanilla snack cake recipe in a baking dish

Moist and rich, this one-layer easy vanilla cake recipe is the perfect dessert to whip up anytime you want something sweet. Cut into mini squares for just the right serving size. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I turn this yummy vanilla cake into a layer cake?

You can double this easy cake recipe and stack two of the cakes together with a layer of frosting between and on top. Voilà, you have a simple layered cake.

What is a snack cake?

A snack cake is a small, single-layer cake, usually finished with a simple glaze or frosting. They are generally less involved than a layer cake yet are perfect for a small gathering, an easy dessert, or just for a snack anytime.

How do you decorate this vanilla cake?

This cake can be decorated any way you like. Top with frosting or a dusting of powdered sugar. Add sprinkles, or if you want to dress it up, you can pipe on more elaborate decorations.

More Recipes You’ll Love

Get Recipes on Pinterest

get recipes on pinterest
get digital lazy cookbooks
Get a Free Cookbook
Subscribe now to receive our FREE Sweet & Treats digital cookbook with 15 amazing desserts inside!
close up shot of a slice of vanilla snack cake recipe on a plate

Vanilla Snack Cake Recipe

5 from 1 vote
This easy vanilla cake recipe comes out moist and delicious and is then smothered with a tasty buttercream frosting.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

Cake

  • cups cake flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract

Frosting (optional)

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 tablespoons whole milk

Instructions
 

Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray an 8×8 baking pan with nonstick spray, set it aside.
  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the cake flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set it aside.
  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, milk, sour cream, egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
  • Gently fold in the flour mixture, folding just until the flour is incorporated.
  • Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Allow the cake to completely cool before frosting.

Frosting (optional)

  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, and a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, cream together the butter and vanilla for 1 to 1½ minutes.
  • Lower the mixer speed to low and add the powdered sugar and milk. Increase the mixer speed to medium. Mix for another 1½ to 2 minutes, or until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
  • Use a silicone spatula or an offset spatula to spread the frosting evenly.

Notes

  • It is very important that you do not over-mix or aggressively mix the flour in; otherwise, the cake will be very dense.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your cake at the lower end of the recommended baking time.
  • Place the cake in the freezer while you prepare the frosting, and it will be ready to ice and eat in no time.

Nutrition

Calories: 555kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 615IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 1mg
Have You Tried This Recipe?Follow me on Pinterest @spaceshipslb

Get Recipes on Facebook

get recipes on facebook

Proudly Prepared by the Spaceships Kitchen

This recipe was developed, tested, cooked and photographed by the Spaceships Kitchen. From our dinner table to yours, we hope you think it's out of this world!

You May Also Like

get digital lazy cookbooks

Reader Interactions

Comments

    Leave a Comment

    Recipe Rating




    Comments

16108

Free Membership!

Get all our new recipes straight to

your inbox plus a BONUS

download in your first email! ❤