The Best Vanilla Cake. All bakers search for the best vanilla cake recipe. After 30 years, I developed my own moist, buttery, perfect vanilla cake; with Marshmallow Frosting too.
The best vanilla cake recipe is something every curious baker spends plenty of time searching for. I’ve tried dozens over the years and have conducted many experiments, tweaking each recipe trying to get the result I want. This one is the best I’ve tried so far.
It is quite moist and has a good density but not as dense as pound cake. I like the balance of texture that is achieved by using a combination of all-purpose flour and cake flour. It is important not to over measure the flour.
One essential ingredient in this recipe is real dairy butter; margarine just won’t cut it. I’ve used whipping cream in other recipes but this one gets a lot of richness from using undiluted evaporated milk instead.
Finally, the vanilla flavouring is crucial. DO NOT use artificial vanilla flavouring! In fact NEVER use it! Use the best quality, real vanilla extract that you can find for real, exotically fragrant vanilla cake. Vanilla paste is also delicious in this recipe. You use an equal amount to vanilla extract.
The frosting on this cake is a family favourite which goes by many names but is referred to at our house as Marshmallow Frosting. It has been featured several times on this site. You can find it in our terrific recipe for Black and White Cake here. It is the perfect frosting for this cake.
Frost with Marshmallow Frosting and serve.
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- 1 1/2 cups cake or pastry flour
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup evaporated milk undiluted.
- 4 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Sift together both flours, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
For this recipe it is very important to be sure to sift the flour very well before measuring. Flour that is too compacted can cause a denser, heavier cake. If you do not have a flour sifter, put some flour in a bowl and whisk it for a minute before spooning the flour into the measuring cup to measure. Do this for both types of flour in the recipe.
Cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after every addition.
Beat in the vanilla extract.
Gently fold in the dry ingredients in three equal portions, alternately with the evaporated milk. When adding dry and wet ingredients alternately in any baking recipe, always begin and end with the dry ingredients.
Pour batter evenly into 2 well greased and floured 9 inch cake pans.
Bake in a 325 degree F oven for about 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Watch it carefully, you will not want to over bake this cake, as soon as the toothpick comes out clean, remove the cake from the oven and let it rest in the pans for 5 minutes before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
As with all my cake recipes I recommend using aluminum cake pans for gentle even heating with much less chance of over baking.
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