Here’s a simple vanilla cake recipe that you can easily make at home:

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, alternating with the milk, and beating until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into the prepared cake pans.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes before inverting them onto wire racks to cool completely.

Tips:

  • For a more flavorful cake, use cake flour instead of all-purpose flour.
  • To make sure your cakes are even in thickness, rotate the pans halfway through baking.
  • If you don’t have buttermilk, you can make your own by adding 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes.

Frosting:

Once your cakes are completely cooled, you can frost them with your favorite frosting recipe. Here’s a simple vanilla buttercream frosting recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually add the milk, beating until smooth.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Tips:

  • For a thicker frosting, add more powdered sugar.
  • For a thinner frosting, add more milk.
  • If you want a chocolate buttercream frosting, simply add 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder to the powdered sugar before beating.

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