Velvety Vanilla Cake

This Vanilla Cake Recipe was the first cake recipe I posted on my blog so I thought it was time for an update. This Vanilla Cake has three layers of soft vanilla sponge, vanilla buttercream and is decorated with rainbow sprinkles.

Since this recipe was posted there are lots more cake recipes on my blog including this Chocolate and Strawberry Cake and this Rainbow Drip Cake.

Before You Start Baking

Before you start baking you need to preheat your oven. This is such an important step and ensures that the cupcakes bake correctly and you don’t end up with them burning on the outside and raw on the inside or just completely raw.

I would also recommend lining your baking tins before you start to and just leaving them to one side.

For this recipe I used 3 8 inch loose bottomed baking tins. I lightly grease them with butter and then add the baking parchment to the bottom and sides.

Finally, if you are using Unsalted Butter you need to take it out the fridge to come to room temperature. If you are using a baking spread like Stork I don’t tend to bother, but you need to use unsalted butter in your buttercream so you want it to be soft so you can mix it into your icing sugar.

To Make the Vanilla Cake

To start making the vanilla cake cream together the butter and sugar until it is pale and fluffy. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until they are combined. You don’t need to mix for very long only until they are combined and smooth. If you have a stand mixer I wouldn’t recommend putting the mixer on and then leaving it. If you overbeat the mixture it can cause lots of problems.

In this recipe I used Neilson Massey Vanilla Bean Paste because I love the flavour it gives to the cake. Most of my ingredients I use are supermarket own brand. Except for the Vanilla Extract and I always use Silver Spoon sugar.

Spoon the mixture into your cake tins and pop them into the oven for 35-40 minutes.

How Do I Know the Cakes Are Baked?

You will know the cakes are baked when they are golden in colour. There are a few ways to test whether or not a cake is baked. You can use a cake tester and test the thickest part of the cake if the skewer comes out clean then the cake is baked. If there is still batter on the tester then pop them back into the oven for 3-4 minutes. Repeat until the cake tester comes out clean.

You can also gently press the top of the cake and if it springs back then it is ready. If not pop it back into the oven for 3-4 minutes and test again. Repeat until the cake is baked.

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I would recommend testing each individual cake, depending on where they are in the oven they might not bake at the same speed. If you find one of your cakes is ready and the other isn’t put the unbaked cake back into the oven for 3-4 minutes and check, repeat until it is baked.

Once the cakes are baked, leave them to cool for 15-20 minutes in the cake tin. If you remove them and they are still really warm they will most likely just break. Leave them to cool fully on a wire cake rack.

If your cakes have a slight dome if you put them on the wire rack upside down the weight of the cake will flatten the dome. Meaning you don’t need to level them.

Buttercream

Crumb Coat

Once your cakes have cooled fully, you can make the buttercream.

Buttercream is super simple to make all you need to do is mix together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract until it is thick and creamy. If you find the mixture is too thick add in 1tsp of milk at a time and mix repeat until it is the desired consistency.

I find the easiest way to decorate the cake it to put the buttercream into a piping bag with a large round nozzle.

Put the first cake on your plate or cake board and pipe the buttercream on top. Smooth it with an angled palette knife. Don’t worry if it splodges out the side. Repeat until all your cakes are stacked.

With your cake smoother go around the sides and smooth any of the buttercream that has splodged out the side. If there are any gaps pipe the buttercream onto them and smooth again.  

This doesn’t need to be a thick layer of buttercream as this is just our crumb coat. Once there are no gaps pop the cake into the fridge for 30 minutes until the buttercream has set.

Top Layer of Buttercream

Once the buttercream crumb coat has set, pipe the remaining buttercream onto the sides and top of the cake.

Go around with your cake smoother and smooth the buttercream. If there are any gaps or bumps just fill these in with the remaining buttercream. If I scrape any buttercream off when I am smoothing I just pop this back into my bowl and use it to decorate the top.

Once your cake is completely smooth, add the sprinkle decorations to the bottom. I did this at this point so they will stick to the buttercream.

The easiest way, I found, to add the sprinkles was by hand. I poured the sprinkles into my hand and then pressed them into the bottom of the cake.

Pop the cake back into the fridge for 30 minutes until the buttercream has set.

Decoration

For the decoration on the top I used my left over buttercream and a Wilton 1M Piping Nozzle to Pipe some swirls on top. I finished it off by adding some more sprinkles.

Equipment

Scales

Measuring Spoons

Mixing Bowl

Spatula

Cake Tins

Cake Tester

Angled Palette Knife

Cake Smoother

Large Round Piping Tip

Piping Bag

Turntable

Cake Board

Wilton 1M Piping Nozzle

Sprinkles

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Alternatives

 You can decorate this cake any way you like. All decorations are always optional.

You could also make this chocolate cake instead of vanilla. In the cake just use 375g of Self-Raising Flour and 50g of cocoa powder. In the buttercream use 700g Icing Sugar and 50g Cocoa Powder.

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Velvety Vanilla Cake

Sarah Mark
This Vanilla Cake Recipe was the first cake recipe I posted on my blog so I thought it was time for an update. This Vanilla Cake has three layers of soft vanilla sponge, vanilla buttercream and is decorated with rainbow sprinkles.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Decoration Time 1 hr
Servings 14 servings

Ingredients
  

For the Cake

  • 425 g Caster Sugar
  • 425 g Unsalted Butter/Stork
  • 425 g Self-Raising Flour
  • 8 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Buttercream

  • 750 g Icing Sugar
  • 375 g Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1-3 tsp Whole Milk
  • Sprinkles

Instructions
 

To Make the Cakes

  • Preheat the oven to 180C (160C Fan). Line three 8” cake tins with greaseproof paper and leave to one side.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the flour, eggs, baking powder and vanilla and whisk until all combined.
  • Split the mixture evenly into the three cake tins and bake in the over for 35-40 minutes. You will know they are ready when they are golden brown and springy to touch.
  • Leave them to cool in the cake tin for 15-20 minutes and then remove and put them on a wire rack to cool fully.

To Make the Buttercream

  • In a bowl, mix together the icing sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth. You might find that the buttercream is quite thick if this is the case add a teaspoon of milk at a time until the buttercream is the desired consistency.

To Decorate

  • Once your cakes have cooled place the first one onto a cake turntable or plate and either pipe (I used a large round piping nozzle) or smooth the buttercream onto the top. Don’t worry if it splodges out of the sides we will fix this later.
  • Place the next cake on top and repeat. Repeat this process until all three cakes are stacked.
  • Using a cake smoother go around the sides of the cake and smooth out any icing that has splodged out.
  • If there are any gaps, fill these in and smooth again. Don't worry if you can still see the cake through the buttercream this is just the crumb coat. Pop the cake into the fridge for 30 minutes until the buttercream has hardened.
  • Once your crumb coat has hardened Pipe the remaining icing around the sides and top of the cake. Smooth with your cake smoother. Any buttercream that comes off on your smooth pop back into your mixing bowl. We will use this to decorate the top.
  • If there are any gaps fill these with buttercream and smooth again until the cake is completely smoothed.
  • Add the sprinkles to the bottom of the cake. I did this by putting them in my hand and pressing them onto the bottom of the cake.
  • Once the sprinkles have been added put the cake back into the fridge for 30 minutes until the buttercream has hardened.
  • Once you buttercream has set pipe the remaining buttercream onto the top of the cake. I used a Wilton 1M Piping Tip for this and finish with some more sprinkles.

Notes

This recipe was updated April 2021. 

If you do have any questions about this Vanilla Cake or any other recipes on my blog you can contact me either by sending me a DM on social media or an email. You can find all my details on the right-hand side of this page. 

54 Comments

  • Kaz

    31 January 2020 at 8:53 pm

    This looks and sounds delicious… and you make it sound so simple too 🙂 thank you for sharing!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      31 January 2020 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you! I try my best to make the bakes as simple as possible so everyone can give them a try.

    2. Shyla

      9 April 2021 at 1:59 pm

      5 stars
      Looks so delicious. I am definitely trying this recipe. Yum! This made me so hungry to read and the pictures made it even better! I love your posts.

      1. aspoonfulofvanilla

        15 April 2021 at 7:51 pm

        Yes! I hope you enjoy!

        1. Sarah

          23 July 2021 at 2:50 pm

          Well now I want cake! This looks sooo good. I love a good simple cake, and that frosting looks perfect!

          1. aspoonfulofvanilla

            28 July 2021 at 11:31 pm

            Thank you!

  • allofbritnee

    31 January 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Looks great!!! Is caster sugar granulated sugar?

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      31 January 2020 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you! For this cake I used caster sugar.

  • Timetotalk19

    1 February 2020 at 10:27 am

    This looks so gorgeous I love baking cakes I might have a go at this one. Great post 💗

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      1 February 2020 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you! It is delicious I hope you enjoy it!

  • Kim

    1 February 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Oh wow, this cake looks amazing! I love how you’ve decorated it. 💞 Thanks for the tip about adding the sprinkles around the edge.

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      2 February 2020 at 11:52 pm

      Thank you! I loved making this cake and it was the first time I had added sprinkles to the bottom, I was pleased with how it turned out.

  • zoeymgardner

    1 February 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Looks delicious! I wish I could eat through my screen. 😂

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      2 February 2020 at 11:53 pm

      If I could mail a piece I would!

  • meaghanbethany

    2 February 2020 at 11:34 pm

    I definitely shouldn’t have read this before bed.. I’m craving some beautiful buttercream now!

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      2 February 2020 at 11:54 pm

      Oh no I’m sorry haha should have put a warning on the post ‘This may make you hungry’ haha

  • Jordan

    3 February 2020 at 3:55 am

    This looks so good! I love baking and I’m always looking for new recipes to try. Definitely need to make this recipe soon.

    Jordan | Myflourishingretrospect.blogspot.com

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      3 February 2020 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you so much for commented! I would love to know what you think if you do make this recipe.

  • aimsysantics

    3 February 2020 at 7:21 pm

    This cake looks so delicious! 😋😋 I like how you have decorated it too, especially the effect from the piping…you must have a really steady hand to do it! Great instructions, makes it really easy to follow along.
    Count me as a new subscriber if you do make videos for YouTube!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      4 February 2020 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you! I try to make the instructions as simple as possible as I don’t want to put anyone off trying a recipe especially if you are not an expereinced baker. I have filmed two videos for YouTube so will hopefully have them up in the next few weeks!

  • nortoncharity

    5 February 2020 at 12:01 pm

    Oh my goodness this cake looks so amazing! I love to bake so I need to try this out sometime!
    -Charity http://www.morningsonmacedonia.com

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      5 February 2020 at 9:15 pm

      I love this cake too it is delicious, if you make it use the #aspoonfulofvanilla on Instagram and Twitter so I can see your lovely creation!

  • ellieslondon

    16 February 2020 at 5:11 pm

    I love the sound and look of this recipe and I think that any cake recipe worth it’s time should good use of the word ‘splodges’ < FAB! ♥ x

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      16 February 2020 at 11:41 pm

      Thank you! It was the only word I could think of to describe it hahaha

  • lindapurcell724gmailcom

    16 February 2020 at 7:16 pm

    This sounds wonderful. Thanks for a great recipe.

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      16 February 2020 at 11:41 pm

      Thank you very much!

  • adamjnew85

    16 February 2020 at 7:42 pm

    I just fell in love with a cake 😍🥰🤪

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      16 February 2020 at 11:41 pm

      It is beautiful isn’t it!

  • Lana Likes

    16 February 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Vanilla is one of my favourite flavours! This looks so yummy | lanalikes.com

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      16 February 2020 at 11:42 pm

      Thank you! Vanilla is one of my favourite flavours too!

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    19 February 2020 at 7:06 am

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  • Lauren (@LaurenyCaton)

    21 April 2020 at 9:41 am

    This look so yummy! I really want some cake now.

    Lauren | https://www.laurenyloves.co.uk/

    1. aspoonfulpofvanilla

      23 April 2020 at 6:31 pm

      Thank you!

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  • Jaya Avendel

    21 April 2020 at 9:18 pm

    ‘Velvety’ in a cake is a word I love, the the swirls and loops of icing looks delicious!
    When a cake has ten eggs, I know it will be moist and fluffy. 🙂

  • Cristina Rosano

    9 April 2021 at 2:40 pm

    This looks delicious! I really love the piping on top and the sprinkle decorations! It sounds like it’s easy enough for me to try and not mess up, thank you for sharing x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      15 April 2021 at 7:52 pm

      Thank you! x

  • Courage To Blog

    9 April 2021 at 3:15 pm

    This looks so tasty. I love the color and the fun of the sprinkles.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      15 April 2021 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you!

  • Lucy

    9 April 2021 at 4:16 pm

    Oh this cake looks delightful! x

    Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      15 April 2021 at 7:56 pm

      Thank you! x

  • Heidi

    10 April 2021 at 7:07 am

    This cake looks delicious! I love how you explained everything so thoroughly, too.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      15 April 2021 at 8:01 pm

      Thank you! x

  • Eleanor Jones

    23 July 2021 at 11:00 am

    Great post! I love this recipe because birthday cake is such a lovely occasion x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      28 July 2021 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you! I am glad you love it!

  • Della Driscoll

    23 July 2021 at 12:49 pm

    5 stars
    You can’t beat a simple vanilla cake and I love all the colouful sprinkles! Great recipe like always x

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      28 July 2021 at 11:31 pm

      Thank you! I love a simple vanilla cake.

  • Tiffany McCullough – Metaphysical Mama

    23 July 2021 at 3:38 pm

    This looks so delicious! There is nothing like a vanilla cake with buttercream. Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      28 July 2021 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you!

  • JamieAdStories

    23 July 2021 at 6:00 pm

    5 stars
    That looks sooo sweet and enticing.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      28 July 2021 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you lovely!

  • Headphonesthoughts

    23 July 2021 at 7:15 pm

    I don’t think I have had a vanilla cake in a while. I would totally love to try this out.

    1. aspoonfulofvanilla

      28 July 2021 at 11:33 pm

      YES! You need to try it!

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