The Best Vanilla Cake – Ever!

The simplest things are often the very best. Isn’t that lesson coming through loud and clear these days? That is what this classic vanilla buttermilk cake is all about. The perfection of the most delicious vanilla cake and the smoothest faux swiss meringue buttercream. Stacked evenly and smoothly frosted to perfection.

Mastering this basic cake recipe and presentation will build a foundation for your cake baking and designing dreams. Take a picture, because I know it won’t last a day in your home if you have kids or really, any adult sweet tooth.

Buttermilk is the secret to the dense yet delicately flavored vanilla cake. I trim the sides and tops of my cakes to create a level stacking field. Frost with the classic faux swiss meringue and you have a perfect basic cake to build your portfolio as a home or professional cake designer.

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The Best Vanilla Cake




King Arthur is my go-to flour.

Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature.

Bake your cake layers ahead and freeze them.  They will last in the freezer for two months is properly wrapped.  Wrap twice in saran wrap and once in heavy duty foil. To defrost, remove from freezer and allow to come to room temperature.  Don’t unwrap the cake layer until they have defrosted.

No buttermilk?  No problem. To make a substitute add 1 TBSP of either lemon juice or vinegar and add enough milk to measure 1 cup.  Gently stir the mixture and let sit for 5-10 minutes.

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  1. Margie says:

    Is this cake sturdy enough to stack and cover with fondant?

  2. Omolara says:

    Thanks you for sharing your knowledge free of charge, may God bless you abundantly on every side in Jesus name.

  3. Valerie Naquin says:

    Beautiful recipe! Thank you for your tremendous effort to create these delicious delightful cakes.

  4. Shaunetta says:

    You are simply amazing! I truly thank God for you. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us!

    • says:

      Thank you Shaunetta! I so appreciate your comment and I hope you love the buttermilk cake as much as I do.xo

  5. Laney says:

    I’ve been around the cake business a long time and I know how so many struggle in finding a good vanilla cake. This is it. Hands down. The cake has a beautiful flavor and perfect crumb. More importantly it is easy to make. It’s perfect for all levels of baking. Well done.

  6. Lynda Murray says:

    Tried this recipe a few months ago. It was delicious and had the perfect crumb. If I was still in the cake business this would become my new go to recipe for a great vanilla wedding cake!!

  7. Melissa says:

    Reverse Cream method is so easy! Easy EASY recipe, and it tastes delicious. Note: Was out of buttermilk but I used her tip to add lemon juice to whole milk, and it worked perfectly. Very Good Vanilla Cake! Thanks Minette! So happy to have this recipe in my arsenal!

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