Best vanilla cake recipe

Vanilla Sculpted Cake Recipe

This is the BEST vanilla sculpted cake recipe using AP flour that I have ever tried. It's moist, tender crumb is great for using in wedding cakes or sculpted cakes and the flavor can easily be adapted to make custom flavors!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword vanilla cake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6 cups
Calories 859 kcal


  • 12 oz AP Flour I like king arthur brand
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 8 oz unsalted butter room temp
  • 12 oz granulated sugar I like superfine
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs room temp
  • 8 oz milk room temp
  • 2 oz oil
US Customary - Metric


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and prepare two 8" rounds with cake goop or preferred pan spray.

  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder and salt and set aside

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter for 20 seconds until smooth

  4. Sprinkle in the sugar and whip on med-high until light in color and fluffy. About 8-10 minutes. Scrape the bowl halfway through mixing

  5. Bring back to low mixing, add in eggs one at a time. Let mix in fully for one minute fore adding the next egg. Mixture should look smooth, not broken or lumpy. If it is, your eggs might have been too cold. 

  6. Add your vanilla and oil to your milk 

  7. Add flour to mixture in four parts, alternating with the milk. Start with flour, mix until just incorporated, then add 1/3 of the milk. Repeat in alternating steps beginning and ending with flour. Let mix for 10 more seconds then stop 

  8.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Do not over-bake or your cake will shrink and your sides will not be straight.

Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Sculpted Cake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 859 Calories from Fat 405
% Daily Value*
Fat 45g69%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Cholesterol 209mg70%
Sodium 265mg11%
Potassium 376mg11%
Carbohydrates 103g34%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 59g66%
Protein 11g22%
Vitamin A 1185IU24%
Calcium 169mg17%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.