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Vanilla Cake Recipe (VIDEO)

An easy Vanilla Cake with a soft and moist crumb and great vanilla flavor. We used our popular Buttercream Frosting here but it’s also fantastic with a Chocolate Frosting. This Vanilla cake recipe is the perfect base for a birthday cake or any special occasion.

Vanilla cake slice on a plate

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Watch the Easy Vanilla Cake Recipe Video:

This cake really is easy and can even be made ahead. Watch the video tutorial for how to make the perfect vanilla cake and best Buttercream Frosting (which isn’t overly sweet like most American buttercreams).

Why we Love this Vanilla Cake!

Everyone needs a great vanilla cake base and I hope this becomes your new favorite! It’s made from scratch and the combination of ingredients gives it amazing texture and flavor. We used the same base as our famous Vanilla Cupcakes and made this stunning cake. You’ll love the perfectly level cake layers – there’s no need to trim them.

Perfect vanilla cake covered in frosting and topped with sprinkles

How to Make a Vanilla Cake from Scratch:

Here is a quick visual reference for homemade vanilla cake. Get the full print-friendly recipe below.

  1. Butter and flour two 9″ cake pans and preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat Butter and Sugar 5 minutes.
  4. Beat in eggs 1 at a time then beat in vanilla.
  5. Add flour mixture in thirds alternating with buttermilk and mixing between each addition.
  6. Divide between 2 cake pans and bake at 350˚F for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes then transfer cakes (we use this cake release tool) to a wire rack and cool completely before frosting.

step by step how to make a vanilla cake batter from scratch

How to Frost a Cake:

Frosting a cake is the fun part. Once your cake is fully at room temperature, make your Vanilla Buttercream Frosting. We love the vintage vibe of waves in the frosting like we did with our chocolate cake but you can also crumb coat the cake and pipe the frosting onto the cake.

  1. Place the first cake layer on a cake platter.
  2. Spread a generous layer of frosting over the top, going to the edges.
  3. Cover with the second cake layer with the top side down for a perfectly level cake surface.
  4. Coat the top and sides of the cake with remaining frosting and use an offset spatula or spoon to create waves in the cake.

How to assemble and frost a vanilla cake

Add sprinkles if desired. Sprinkles are the easiest way to turn a plain cake into a birthday cake!

Sprinkles and vanilla frosting swirls on cake

Our Best Baking Tips:

  • Room temperature ingredients are critical so your batter blends well without separating or becoming grainy.
  • Avoid Substitutions! We always recommend trying the recipe as written before experimenting.
  • Measure Correctly – check out our post on how we measure ingredients for baking.
  • Weigh your pans – we use a digital food scale to make sure the layers are evenly divided.

Ingredients for vanilla cake with flour, butter, eggs, sugar, baking powder, salt and buttermilk

How to Keep Leftover Cake Moist:

If you have sliced your cake and want to refrigerate leftovers for later, cover the cut side of the cake with plastic wrap, placing it directly onto the cake. This will prevent moisture loss and keep your cake from drying out.

Sliced vanilla cake on cake platterf

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Vanilla Cake Recipe

4.92 from 194 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Vanilla Cake Recipe with cut slice

An easy Vanilla Cake with a soft and moist crumb and great vanilla flavor. This Vanilla cake recipe is the perfect base with Vanilla Buttercream for a birthday cake or any special occasion.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Keyword: vanilla cake
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 313
Servings: 14 slices of cake

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Butter and flour two 9" cake pans, tapping out excess flour.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. Set flour mixture aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl using an electric hand mixer (or stand mixer), beat butter and sugar on medium-high speed for 5 minutes until thick and fluffy, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  4. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating well with each addition then scrape down the bowl. Add 4 tsp vanilla extract and beat to combine.
  5. Reduce mixer to medium speed and add the flour mixture in thirds alternating with the 1 cup of room temperature buttermilk, allowing the flour and buttermilk to incorporate with each addition. Scrape down the bowl as needed and beat until just combined and smooth.
  6. Divide batter evenly between 2 prepared cake pans and spread out the batter into the pans smoothing out the tops with a spatula. Bake on the center rack at 350˚F for 28-30 minutes. Rest in pans for 10 minutes then run a knife or thin spatula around the edges to loosen and turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before applying Vanilla Frosting.

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 155mg4%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 501IU10%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Stacy
    January 28, 2023

    Can you make ahead and freeze the cake layers for use later?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 28, 2023

      Hi Stacy, I bet that could work. Ensure you wrap them well.

      Reply

  • Sandra
    January 22, 2023

    Made this cake this weekend. Frosting and cake are beautiful. Everyone loved it. Live all of your recipes.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 22, 2023

      So glad it was a huge hit! Thanks a lot for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Gigi
    January 16, 2023

    Hi Natasha! I’m 12 and I’ve been baking for a long time and I’ve made this recipe many times using gluten-free flour, which works better that all-purpose flour. The cake was crumbly and the frosting started ripping off the golden brown layer of cake and got crumbs in it. What was I doing wrong that made the cake crumbly?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 16, 2023

      Hi Gigi! I have not tested this recipe with gluten free flour, so I am not sure if that is what effected it. Some things that you can try to help… make sure the cake layers have fulled cooled before you frost (you may even try to refrigerate them). Also, if you used my recipe for buttercream frosting, I would check the texture and consistency of your frosting. If the butter was too cold, or if you did not add any cream or enough cream to the frosting, the frosting will be harder to spread which will break off pieces of cake crumbs as you frost the cake. I hope that helps!

      Reply

      • Gigi
        January 16, 2023

        Hey Natasha! Thank you for replying, and I did cool the cakes overnight actually. Overall, this cake was very delicious!

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          January 16, 2023

          You’re welcome, Gigi! Try cooling/chilling the cake to see if that helps. Often times it can be difficult to frost when it’s so fresh because it’s fragile. If you refrigerate the cake layers, be sure to let them fully cool and put them in an airtight container so they don’t dry out.

          Reply

  • Adrian
    January 1, 2023

    Hi, I’ve made this cake many three times and the buttercream frostings ends up tasting like a blob of butter and greasy. Am I doing something wrong. If so, how can I fix it? Lastly, is the buttercream frosting American?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 1, 2023

      Hi Adrian! Yes, the frosting linked in this recipe is American buttercream. Often times if it tastes like butter, it’s because it needs to be mixed longer. If you prefer a different frosting, you may try one of my other frosting recipes HERE.

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      • Adrian
        January 6, 2023

        Hi, thanks for the reply.
        When you mean it needs to be mixed more, do mean the butter itself or when you are mixing the ingredients together for the final time? How long would you say I need to mix it more because I don’t want it to curdle. Lastly, would chilling the before making the Frosting reduce the chance of curdling. I believe that’s the last question

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          January 6, 2023

          Hi Adrian, I assumed you were referring to the frosting tasting too much like butter. Is that correct? If so, it shouldn’t curdle since this isn’t a whipped cream-based frosting. I have a video for the frosting, watch my process so you can see the texture of my frosting at the end. Mixing it longer incorporates more air into the frosting to make it light and fluffy, as well as making sure the sugar is incorporated well. The temperature of your butter is important so read my tips/notes in the blog/recipe post.
          The cake layers should be completely cooled (I even chill them sometimes) before I frost the cake. Hope that helps!

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      • Adrian
        January 6, 2023

        Okay, I lied, I have another question. Do I have to refrigerate the leftover cake after I cover it in frosting? I remember the second time I made this cake I left it out on the counter with a bowl covering it and got coagulated grease puddles at the rim of the cake plate.

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          January 6, 2023

          Yes, you can refrigerate it. Just make sure to keep it in an air-tight container to help keep it moist. It will dry out a bit when refrigerated but let it come to room temperature again before cutting/serving.

          Reply

  • Sara
    December 30, 2022

    Hi Natasha, I am planning to bake this cake for my son’s birthday, but I have a few questions:
    We don’t really like buttercream frosting but your cupcake frosting on the vanilla cupcakes is divine! Could that frosting work here? Knowing that I will be making a 3-layer cake, most likely a day ahead, any tips here? How long ahead should I get it out of the fridge?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 30, 2022

      Hi Sara! That would work fine. Just be aware, the frosting is not very stable so it is not the best for tall cakes. Make sure the cake layers are cooled down completely and even cold when frosting. I would not take the cake out too soon, this frosting does not harden as much as buttercream so it can be served directly from the refrigerator.

      Reply

  • Nancy Karrer
    December 28, 2022

    I made this for Christmas Day for the first time. I followed the directions perfectly (I think) but it turned out really dense, bready and heavy…like a brick. Any ideas on what may have caused that? I made it the day before and stored in fridge overnight.

    I love your recipes so much!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 28, 2022

      Hi Nancy! It sounds like you could have used too much flour. I recommend watching my tutorial on how to measure flour HERE. Also, don’t over-mix the batter. I hope that helps!

      Reply

  • Jovie
    November 1, 2022

    baked this yesterday and it turned out really well! a bit dense for my liking but everyone has different preferences.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 2, 2022

      Totally understand. Thanks for Sharing!

      Reply

  • Genelyn-Philippines
    October 14, 2022

    i tried to baked your chocolate,red velvet and this vanilla cake and my family loves it, and even sell it and got a positive response from my customer….

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 14, 2022

      That’s great! I’m glad it’s enjoyed.

      Reply

  • Jackie Crandall Walsh
    October 9, 2022

    Seven minute frosting would be great on that cake. Looks good either way.

    Reply

  • Heather McLeod
    September 28, 2022

    Hi Natasha
    Love your receipes!
    Please advise on cake Tin Sizes, at the top of the screen it says to change for no of slices, but how does this work for cake tin sizes? Thanks

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 28, 2022

      Hi Heather, changing the number of servings on the recipe card will change the ingredient list but unfortunately, it does not change the instructions or give new pan sizes. I did not test this recipe in multiple pan sizes to provide that information. You may find this article on cake pan conversions helpful.

      Reply

  • Susan M
    September 21, 2022

    I made this recipe for a 24″ x 16″ 2 layer slab cake for a 80 person corporate event with the vanilla butter cream frosting.
    Huge hit! I used vanilla custard and whipped cream between the layers. Needless to say, there was no cake left!
    Thank you for this amazing recipe! Best vanilla cake recipe I have ever used in 50 years.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 21, 2022

      Wow! That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Susan! I’m so glad this was a hit with a crowd!

      Reply

    • Anita
      September 30, 2022

      how many times did you have to multiply this recipe to make a cake that size?
      thanks!

      Reply

  • Su
    September 14, 2022

    Hi Nathasha, love your recopies, But I find it hard to measure the ingredients in cups. It would be super helpful if you had your ingredients in grams.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 15, 2022

      Hi Su! If you click on “metric” in the recipe card, it will convert the ingredient list to grams for you.

      Reply

  • Sheila Moses
    September 11, 2022

    Vanilla cake recipe

    My first time making a cake from scratch. I followed the directions exactly as in the recipe
    My oven temperature was confirmed at 350 degrees
    I was disappointed the height of each cake is a little over 1 inch. I was hoping for more height in the cakes.

    Reply

  • Angela
    September 9, 2022

    Hi Natasha – My son wants a chocolate chip cake for his birthday. I have made this cake many times with rave reviews. Would you recommend adding the chips at the end? And if so, how much?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 9, 2022

      Hi Angela, I haven’t tried that myself, but I bet that could work. Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Sofia Nicolitsas
    September 7, 2022

    Your are the BEST !! I love watching you cook and bake !! You have amazing recipes!! Thank
    You !! 🌸♥️

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 7, 2022

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Sofia! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Anuji
    September 6, 2022

    Hi
    I love love love your recipes!!!
    Have you ever made a surprise cake? I want to make a surprise cake with confetti filling inside. Will this cake be suitable for that?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 6, 2022

      I’m happy that you’re enjoying my recipes! I have not tried making a surprise cake yet but here are some of my Cake recipes that you can try.

      Reply

      • Anuji
        September 7, 2022

        Ha ha
        I have tried every one of your cakes and I LOVE them
        Thank you

        Reply

        • NatashasKitchen.com
          September 7, 2022

          So glad you enjoy them. Thank you!

          Reply

  • Sheryl Keller
    September 2, 2022

    This cake was so delicious and easy to make. It turned out very moist! The layers baked evenly as well. It was a huge hit at my mom’s 82nd birthday party!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 2, 2022

      That’s great, Sheryl! I’m so glad it was a huge hit! Happy Birthday to your mom. 🙂

      Reply

  • Anna
    August 1, 2022

    Hi! I want to try this cake out for my family and I was wondering if I could use salted butter instead of unsalted and some salt. Would that work too? And my other question is would I be able to use whole milk instead of buttermilk? Thanks for this recipe!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 1, 2022

      Hi Anna, buttermilk is what really adds the flavor profile and texture to this recipe. You can make your own buttermilk using 1 cup of milk and 1 tbsp white vinegar, stir and let is sit for 5-10mins and its ready to use. I think salted butter would be fine if you omit the salt. I have tested it and it may be a bit on the salty side but could possibly work just fine.

      Reply

  • Averie
    July 31, 2022

    Hi, I’m super excited to make this cake for a surprise party, but I was wondering how long I could store it (unfrosted) before the party? I’ve got a really busy week ahead of me and wanted to make it early.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2022

      Hi Averia, this cake can be made ahead; I have made it up to two days in advance. After it is assembled, you want to refrigerate the cake (covered with a cake cover or large inverted pot). It will be softer at room temperature, so let the cake sit out a little before serving.

      Reply

  • Jacki
    July 24, 2022

    Hi Natasha,
    This is a wonderful cake! I use, what I don’t eat, it in trifle. I only need an 8×8 cake. Do you think I should half the recipe?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 25, 2022

      Hi Jacki, I have not tested this recipe in a different pan size. I used 2 pans that are 9”x2”. You may try looking up a cake pan conversion chart to help.

      Reply

  • Brittney
    July 5, 2022

    Hello, Natasha
    I love this recipe, it was hit when I made it for my mom’s birthday 2 years ago. I want to make it again in either a 6 inch or a 8 in pan, but I want to do 4 layers do I need to increase my ingredients?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 5, 2022

      Hi Brittney, it might be difficult to layer this cake as 4 layers since it is fairly heavy. I haven’t tested that so I can’t provide specific advice. It would be very tall if you doubled the recipe. You might be able to do 1 1/2 times the recipe and bake in 4 separate cake pans. As a 4-layer cake, the buttercream will be a safer bet or Swiss Meringue Buttercream as a whipped cream-based frosting might not hold up well under the weight of the cake layers.

      Reply

      • Brittney
        July 6, 2022

        Ok thank you so much, I will definitely give that a try, and maybe I can us my 6 inch pans

        Reply

  • Ronali Gunaratna
    June 26, 2022

    Hi Natasha,
    I tried this recipe. It came out perfect. Thank you very much. Is there an email address that I can send you the cake I made? Unfortunately I’m not on Instagram.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 26, 2022

      Hi Ronali, you can use the contact form on my website or if you have a Facebook account, you can share the photos on our Facebook page or group!

      Reply

  • Debra Ashmore
    June 8, 2022

    Wow!… I tried this recipe this morning with a couple of adjustments, I used Clover instead of butter & sour cream that I had left over,and I baked it in 3 x 6inch tins & 6 cupcakes…. the most beautiful sponge ever,although in one of my tins,the sponge came away from the sides, but next time I’ll use butter to see if that makes a difference. Absolutely beautiful.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 8, 2022

      Thanks for the awesome feedback, Debra! I’m happy to hear that you loved the result of this recipe.

      Reply

  • Laura
    June 6, 2022

    Hi Natasha, here in Mexico we don’t have buttermilk. what happens if I use regular milk?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 6, 2022

      Hi Laura! You can make your own buttermilk by mixing 1 TBSP white vinegar with 1 cup milk, see my recipe notes.

      Reply

  • Roylene
    June 6, 2022

    I made this cake for my family! They loved it. Have outride cake flour?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 6, 2022

      I’m so glad they all loved it, Roylene! I can’t say this will work with cake flour to advise. With baking being such a science it may not work. If you happen to experiment please let me know how you like that.

      Reply

  • Cynthia Du-Rose
    May 20, 2022

    Hi Natasha One of your reply comments was Recommend conventional bake mode not convection why is this

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 20, 2022

      Hi Cynthia, we use conventional bake mode so the recipe is based on that. You will need to make adjustments to the recipe and bake time/ temp using convection.

      Reply

  • Alyson
    May 19, 2022

    Hi Natasha

    If I would like to turn this into a baby gender reveal cake, how much colouring is required for each cake, and would I need to eliminate any ingredients as a result of adding the colouring?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 19, 2022

      Hi Alyson, I haven’t experimented with food coloring in this recipe, but I imagine gel would work best. If you happen to test that, I would love to know how you like it.

      Reply

  • Maria
    May 13, 2022

    Question: Can I use low-fat buttermilk for this vanilla cake recipe?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 13, 2022

      Hi Maria, I haven’t tried this with low-fat buttermilk. Any substitutions may hinder the outcome of the recipe but if you experiment, please let us know how it works for you.

      Reply

  • Carolina
    April 30, 2022

    This has been my go to yellow cake recipe since I first seen it on YouTube. I love that it just uses 4 eggs( a lot of others use more), also 1 and a half cups of sugar( some others use 2). This comes out perfectly also. Thank you SOOOOOO much for this one!!!!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 30, 2022

      You’re very welcome, Carolina! Thank you for the excellent review.

      Reply

  • Alice
    April 28, 2022

    Hi Natasha!
    If i wanted to make this in smaller cakes for a birthday smash cake do i need to adjust temp/time for cooking?
    And also, would adding sprinkles like your confetti cake work in this recipe?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 28, 2022

      Hi Alice, I haven’t tested that with sprinkles, but I think it could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Natasha
    April 24, 2022

    Hello Natasha,

    can I replace the buttermilk with
    milk as I do not have the buttermilk or kefir?

    Tx!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 24, 2022

      Plain kefir will also work well instead of buttermilk. You can also make your own buttermilk at a ratio of 1 cup whole milk to 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice. Combine and let it sit 10 minutes to curdle then stir and use.

      Reply

      • Carla
        December 15, 2022

        Can I use just whole milk as another substitution I don’t have kefir or butter milk? and most of the time I don’t have lemons on hand

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          December 15, 2022

          Hi Carla! Do you have vinegar? You can make it into buttermilk with 1 tbsp vinegar and 1 cup of milk.
          I think using regular milk will be fine as well, but we’ve seen the best results to flavor and texture with buttermilk.

          Reply

  • Paola Alarcon
    April 13, 2022

    Hi Natasha!

    I’m planning to make this cake for my daughter’s Confirmation that it will be in 2 weeks.
    I have two questions can I substitute vanilla extract with almond extract? And it is ok to double the recipe?
    Thank you very much! Your recipes are amazing!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 14, 2022

      Hi Paola, I haven’t tried it with almond extract, but I bet that could work! I haven’t tested doubling this so I can’t provide specific advice. It would be very tall if you doubled the recipe. You might be able to do 1 1/2 times the recipe and bake in 4 separate cake pans.

      Reply

  • Antonia
    March 28, 2022

    I’ve tried so many vanilla cake recipes and I’m so grateful for this absolutely wonderful recipe it tastes sooooo delicious thank you so much Natasha. The pictures throughout the recipe are really great and also helpful for people who aren’t confident when baking 🙂 if I could I would give more stars. I love watching all your recipes so delicious.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 28, 2022

      Thank you, Antonia! That is very kind. So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for the wonderful review.

      Reply

  • Angela Harrelson
    March 28, 2022

    I made this cake with chocolate icing. I followed the directions exactly as written. The layers are dry! I don’t know why. I bake cakes all the time so I’m not new at this. Do you know what may have happened?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      March 28, 2022

      Hi Angela, could it have been over-baked? Not all ovens are created equal and I highly recommend the toothpick test to check for doneness. Also, make sure not to bake on convection mode.

      Reply

  • Amani
    March 24, 2022

    Hello Natasha,
    How much one cup of butter in oz or in grams?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 24, 2022

      Hi Amani, If you scroll down to our printable recipe card, most of our recipes have a metric conversion option on the printable recipe card. We are currently working on adding metric measurements to all of our recipes, but it is taking some time to add them one at a time. Thank you so much for being patient! In the meantime, check out our post on measuring which should help.

      Reply

  • Melanie
    March 22, 2022

    Love love love this cake recipe! It’s worth all the effort and definitely having all the ingredients at room temperature.
    I accidentally left the cake uncovered in the refrigerator after cutting some pieces though and was wondering if there is anything I can do to make it more moist again. I feel awful that I didn’t cover it because it was so incredibly soft and fluffy!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 22, 2022

      Hi Melanie! I’m sorry to hear that. I do not know what can be done to fix the dryness now. If you leave it out to come to room temperature before eating, that may help it not feel so dry.

      Reply

  • Marg
    March 22, 2022

    Hi Natasha,
    I am thinking of using this vanilla cake recipe and frost it with the mascarpone frosting from your strawberry layer cake recipe, and add fresh berries in between the layers. Do you think the flavors will work together? Thanks so much. Love all your recipes.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 22, 2022

      Hi Marg! Yes, I think that would work very well. This vanilla cake is so versatile.

      Reply

      • Marg
        March 25, 2022

        Hi Natasha,
        I wanted to let you know that the cake was a huge hit. The slightly tangy frosting paired beautifully with the vanilla cake and berries. My husband, who normally is not a cake guy, said “What a great cake. I love the texture and it’s not too sweet. Is it Natasha’s recipe?” 🙂 THANK YOU ❤ I am trying your chicken marsala recipe next.

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          March 25, 2022

          That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Marg!

          Reply

  • Jordan Allen
    March 21, 2022

    Hi Natasha!
    I am looking forward to making this cake in the next couple of weeks! I was wondering if you have ever tried this cake with a raspberry compote filling in the layers? I am wanting to add some freshness to the cake and wondering if its possible with this recipe!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 21, 2022

      Hi Jordan, I have not but I think that would work and be yummy.

      Reply

  • Sabrina Ramadhar
    March 17, 2022

    Hi natasha do you think I could just use egg whites to make the cake be white?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 17, 2022

      Hi Sabrina, I have not tested that. Using only egg whites will affect the texture of the cake and it may even come out tough or dry. It would need a source of fat replaced if it’s too dry. You’d have to experiment with it. Please let us know how it works out if you try it.

      Reply

  • Debbie Lorentz
    March 10, 2022

    Love what Hong all your recipes and I have tried a few with great results.
    I was trying to find your vanilla recipe for making your cakes ?
    I don’t seem to be able to find it?
    Thank you!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 10, 2022

      Hi Debbie, my Vanilla Extract recipe turned out great! I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • mylisa
    March 6, 2022

    hi i was wondering if i dont have store bought buttermilk could i make my own (getting one cup of milk and adding one tablespoon of vinegar) ?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 6, 2022

      Hi Mylisa, yes that will work. You can make your own buttermilk at a 1 cup whole milk ratio to 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice. Combine and let it sit 10 minutes to curdle, then stir and use. I hope that helps.

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  • OG
    March 3, 2022

    I used with gluten free flour and 1/4 cup less sugar and it turned out great. I also used almond milk instead of buttermilk but I added vinegar to it. Awesome!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 3, 2022

      That’s fantastic! I’m glad that turned out well, thank you for sharing that with us.

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    • Maria
      May 13, 2022

      Can you please tell me what GF mix you used? Was it still it still light and fluffy?

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  • Keziah
    March 3, 2022

    Hi! I would love to make this cake for my grandpa’s birthday. Can I use Salted butter instead of unsalted butter for the cake?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 3, 2022

      Hi there, that sounds like a good plan. Yes you may use salted butter but lessen or omit the salt in the recipe.

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  • Myri
    March 2, 2022

    Hi,
    I followed the recepie exactly how it was written and followed the video. The cake was delicious, but When I cut the cake, noticed it was dry and hard. What do you think I did wrong?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 3, 2022

      Hi Myri, It’s hard to say without being there but a dry cake is usually due to overbaking. I wonder if it was due to baking for too long?

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  • Nona
    March 2, 2022

    Hi Natasha, I made your Vanilla Cupcake recipe and Loved it and now I would like to make your Vanilla Cake recipe. I always measure my ingredients using metric. Is the metric amount stated for sugar in your recipe correct as it states 354.88g? Should it be 300g instead? Thanks so much!

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    • Natasha
      March 3, 2022

      Hi Nona, thank you so much for pointing that out. I have no idea why it showed incorrectly but you are absolutely correct. It should be 300 grams. Maybe there was a glitch in our system the first time we ran the numbers. I’m sorry about that and thank you so much for asking! I have corrected it to be 300 grams of sugar.

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  • Patty
    March 2, 2022

    In the video it says the recipe for vanilla is in the notes but I’m not seeing it?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 2, 2022

      Hi Patty, if you click Jump to Recipe at the top of the post that will take you to the printable recipe card, you will see the vanilla ingredient is highlighted in red. You can click that link to see the recipe. You can also find it HERE. I hope this helps!

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  • Lindsay Duchesneau
    February 26, 2022

    Hello,
    Can powdered buttermilk be used in this recipe?

    Thank you and I can’t wait to make this!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 26, 2022

      Hi Lindsay, I haven’t tried it with powdered to advise on the outcome. I imagine you will need to make a few adjustments.

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  • Karen
    February 17, 2022

    Can I use 2 x 8 inch pans instead? Do I need to reduce the amount of ingredients to it better? I don’t have any pans bigger than 8 inch 🙁 love the cupcakes recipe btw!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 17, 2022

      I have no tested it in 8″ pans but that should be fine. Just make sure you do not overfill the pans. I am not sure how deep your pans are but you may have some leftover batter but I cannot say what adjustments need to be made to avoid this. As far as baking time, you may need to check a few mins early but it shouldn’t make too big of a difference in baking time. Hope that helps!

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  • Sabrina Caporaso
    February 17, 2022

    Hi!! If I want to use this recipe for 7” cake and to make a 3 layer what would the ratio ingredients be then? Or should I just double the recipe fill the 3 pans 2/3 of the way and have left over batter for cupcakes etc?! Also to make the cake easier to work with, without breaking apart do I leave it in the cake pan until cool then remove to chill more and refrigerate for 20mins before frosting? Or take them out of the pan immediately once out of the oven to cool on pan? I don’t want it to break apart again. It’s so frustrating! Thank you!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2022

      Hi Sabrina, without testing that myself, you would need to experiment on timing, but I would keep the temp the same and do your best to fill the pans the same as you would for two pans. It might work to divide them into three 7-inch pans.

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  • Craig N. Williams
    February 11, 2022

    I’m going to try this cake recipe for my Caramel Cake! I love all your recipes!!!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 12, 2022

      Thank you, I hope you love it!

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  • Rebecca Hasse
    February 2, 2022

    Aw man, this is a dangerous recipe! I made this in a 9 by 13 pan and baked it for about 35 minutes at 350. I couldn’t wait until it was all the way cooled before trying it, so I cut a piece for myself and frosted it with Natasha’s vanilla frosting. Wowza!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 3, 2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Pat W.
    January 30, 2022

    What do you think was the reason my cake(Bundt type) of this recipe came out so dense?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2022

      Hi Pat, check that your leavening is working and not expired. Also, see our post on how we measure dry ingredients since too much flour can be a culprit.

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  • Amy HK
    January 17, 2022

    Of all the cake recipes on the internet, this one is the most practical with excellent results! No need to go purchase expensive cake flour and no separating your egg whites – what a relief! My 2 year old loves to bake with me and we were able to quickly make delicious cupcakes with this recipe (baked at 350 for 19 minutes). I especially love that this produces such soft cake that isn’t overbearingly sweet. You can slightly taste a hint of butter and to me that is the hallmark of homemade, from scratch. Thank you, Natasha! We are long-time fans beginning with your jello and pretzel layered dessert years ago!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 17, 2022

      Thank you for your great review, Amy! I’m so happy you enjoyed that!

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  • Rani
    January 12, 2022

    Hi there!!

    Can I make this the night before and store in an airtight container once cooled? I’m hoping it won’t dry out. I have made your vanilla cupcakes several times and they are amazing.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 13, 2022

      It’s always better to make it on the same day so it will really be fresh but making it ahead shouldn’t be a problem too, just let it thaw after from the fridge before serving.

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  • Maria Z
    December 28, 2021

    Am eager to try this recipe. Thank you for all your great recipes, videos and tips. I tried the link to the cake pans, but it did not come up with the same type seen in your video. Could you cite the source for the gold pans? Thanks.

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  • Jane
    December 25, 2021

    Baked it on our wedding day and on Christmas eve. It’s now my husband’s favorite cake. Thanks natasha

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 26, 2021

      Wow, that’s wonderful!

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  • Trini mom
    December 21, 2021

    Natasha this cake is perfect, I was worried about baking a whole cake for the first time but this recipe was so easy. The video helped a lot as well. I also tried the cupcakes my children love them, Thank you love from Trinidad..

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 21, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you all enjoyed it, Trini!

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  • Sibongile
    December 14, 2021

    This cake is delicious – did not use an electric mixer but it was easy enough to do “the old fashioned way”. Made it for my son’s 5th birthday and we all loved it. Thank you so much for this recipe

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 15, 2021

      You’re most welcome! I’m glad that you enjoyed this recipe!

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  • Sarah
    December 14, 2021

    Hi! I want to make this for my daughter’s first birthday. I was wondering if I could make one layer of cake in a 9 x 13 pan? If so, do you have baking times? Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 15, 2021

      Hi Sarah, I haven’t tested that yet to advise of the baking time. You may check the other comments at the bottom of the recipe if others have tried it.

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  • Bartica
    December 7, 2021

    Made this and the frosting. Followed the instructions carefully and exactly. Turned out perfect and tasted great for a basic vanilla cake. I am a tragic baker – so this recipe must be pretty foolproof. Thank you so much for posting this and the video!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 7, 2021

      Wow, that’s awesome! Thanks for sharing that with us, I’m glad it was a success!

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  • Annie
    December 3, 2021

    Hi Natasha- what is your elevation where you bake? Wondering if I need to adapt for high altitude. We’re about 5,000 feet here.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 3, 2021

      Hi Anne, we’re at about 2500 feet here. I don’t have experience with high-altitude baking but you can find more tips on High Altitude Baking HERE.

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  • Dayelis
    December 2, 2021

    Hi Natasha! I love your recipes. I specially like how they’re not as sweet as their American counterparts. I want to use this vanilla cake recipe as a base for a coconut cake with coconut buttercream. What changes do you suggest I make to get a coconut cake? Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 3, 2021

      Hi Dayelis, I haven’t tried this with coconut substitute to advise on the amount, but I think that could work in place of vanilla. If you happen to test this out, I would love to know how you like that.

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  • Rakhi
    November 27, 2021

    I love this cake so much! I use this recipe multiple times (birthdays, celebrations, etc.). Every time I bake this cake it turns out wonderful. Everyone I have baked this cake for has loved it! Thank you for providing this cake recipe!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 27, 2021

      Aww, I’m so glad you found a favorite on my site, Rakhi! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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  • Rakhi
    November 27, 2021

    I have made this vanilla cake on multiple occasions, especially on birthdays. Every time this cake turns out wonderful! Everyone I have baked this for has loved it!! Thank you so much for providing this recipe.

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  • Crystal
    November 12, 2021

    Can I use a 6 inch cake pan instead of 9 inch. If yes then how long do we have to leave it in the oven?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 12, 2021

      Hi Crystal! I bet this could work in a couple of 6″ pans. Depending on how deep your cake pans are, that may alter the total time they need to be cooked.

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  • Lauchele Herbert
    November 12, 2021

    Hi Natasha! I love, love your recipes and videos but I have a question. If I were to make a 3 layer cake with the same measurements of a 9 inch pan how would I add to your recipe to acquire that. Hope you see this and thanks in advance

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 12, 2021

      Hi Lauchele, this recipe makes a two-layer cake, making 1.5 times the recipe may allow for the 3 layers. I haven’t tried that myself to advise, I hope that works for you!

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      • Lauchele Herbert
        November 14, 2021

        Thank you very much Natasha this really helped a lot. I love your cake recipe☺️

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          November 14, 2021

          You’re so welcome!

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    • Victoria
      January 5, 2022

      Hi Natasha I love your recipes 😋. I want to make 3 layers 10″ pans. Can I double the recipe?

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 5, 2022

        Hi Victoria, this recipe makes a two-layer cake, making 1.5 times the recipe may allow for the 3 layers. I haven’t tried that myself to advise, I hope that works for you!

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  • Rebecca A Disney
    October 16, 2021

    This is hands down a cake to remember!! I use vanilla bean paste for a deep vanilla flavor and I get lovely butter sugar fluff before I start. I made this once and served it as a single layer fresh for my father and the crumb was so light it almost melted. I used my now pasted grandmothers frosting recipe on it and he nearly cried. Since that day I have played with layering the cake and adding Ermine filling and which has lead to refrigerator time before serving it. The cake is still out off this weld and everyone loves it, but it lost that original beautiful fluffy texture.
    My question is.. Can I restore that after its been in the fridge? Or should I serve room temp? I love your channel 💞

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 18, 2021

      Yum! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Rebecca! Thank you for that wonderful review! I bet this is so good with vanilla bean paste! It’s always better to make it on the same day so it will really be fresh but making it ahead shouldn’t be a problem too, just let it thaw after from the fridge before serving.

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  • Ruby
    October 9, 2021

    Can you make a chai cream cheese buttercream please? Thanks! 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 10, 2021

      Thanks for your suggestion, Ruby.

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  • B Relentless
    October 7, 2021

    Just made this cake today. Turned out beautifully! My family loved it😊

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 8, 2021

      Great to hear that they loved it!

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  • TK
    October 4, 2021

    Love all your recipes I have tried but this Vanilla Cake was so dry and heavy. Did not look at all like your pictures I followed the recipe directions to the T The only thing different was I used Low-fat Buttermilk and baked in a 9x 13 cake pan for about 30 min. Had good flavor tho. Probably won’t make it again however your salmon and meatloaf recipes I make all the time.

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    • Natasha
      October 4, 2021

      Hi TK, a dry cake is usually due to overbaking. I wonder if it was due to baking in a 9×13 pan and then baking for too long? I’m so glad you enjoy the salmon and meatloaf!

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  • Lou Ann
    October 1, 2021

    I made this cake and found it to be extremely dense. What did I do wrong? frosting was yummy.

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    • Natasha
      October 1, 2021

      Hi Lou Ann, check that your leavening is working and not expired. Also, see our post on how we measure dry ingredients since too much flour can be a culprit.

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      • Lou Ann
        October 2, 2021

        Thanks Natasha. I used two 6″ pans because I wanted a smaller cake, and some bonus cupcakes. Maybe because it took longer to bake in those pans. Tastes good though.

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  • Paulette
    September 30, 2021

    Natasha
    We don’t have butter milk here
    What can I substitute it with?
    Thanks

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 30, 2021

      Hi Paulette, You can make your own buttermilk at a 1 cup whole milk ratio to 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice. Combine and let it sit 10 minutes to curdle, then stir and use. I hope that helps.

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  • Brandie
    September 29, 2021

    Hi Natasha, do you think this recipe would be enough for a one layer 12in cake pan? If so, do you think 35 mins would be ok?

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    • Natasha
      September 30, 2021

      Hi Brandie, without testing that through, it is difficult to guess.

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  • Mattie
    September 19, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    I made this cake today with the vanilla buttercream frosting and both were delicious. I used 4 – 6 inch Wilton pans and made a 4 layer cake. I some times have trouble with white cakes being too gummy – maybe I over mix. But this was perfect! Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 19, 2021

      Lovely to hear that, Mattie! Thank you for your good comments and feedback, glad you enjoyed this recipe!

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    • A
      November 21, 2021

      Hi ! Did you just make the original recipe ? Or did you double the batch ?

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  • Sindhu
    September 13, 2021

    Hey Natasha! Can I cream the butter and sugar using a simple whisk? I don’t have a stand mixer or electric hand mixer at the moment.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 13, 2021

      Hi Sindhu, it would definitely be more difficult to do that by hand, You might try pressing the butter into the sugar with a spatula first and then take over with a whisk when they are combined.

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  • Anusha
    September 10, 2021

    Hi Natasha, absolutely love this recipe, everytime I make this, people find it impossible to believe that it’s been baked by a young teen! I wanted to ask that approximately how much batter goes into each pan (in grams)?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 10, 2021

      That’s just awesome, Anusha! I wish I measured it to know the amount per pan. I try to get it as even as possible!

      Reply

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