Making a homemade cake can be a fun and rewarding experience. Here’s a simple and easy-to-follow recipe for a basic vanilla cake:
- 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup milk
- Preheat the Oven:
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour an 8-inch round cake pan.
- Mix Dry Ingredients:
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Cream Butter and Sugar:
In a large bowl, beat the softened butter and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy. You can use a handheld mixer or a stand mixer for this.
- Add Eggs and Vanilla:
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until well combined. Then mix in the vanilla extract.
- Alternate Adding Ingredients:
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three parts, alternating with the milk. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined; do not overmix.
- Pour Batter into Pan:
Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
Place the cake pan in the preheated oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Cool and Frost:
Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then remove it from the pan and transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely. Once the cake is completely cool, you can frost it with your favorite frosting.
Optional: Frosting the Cake
You can make a simple buttercream frosting by beating together softened butter, powdered sugar, and a splash of vanilla extract until creamy and smooth. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake using a spatula or piping bag.
Remember, baking times can vary based on your oven, so keep an eye on the cake as it bakes. This basic vanilla cake recipe can be customized by adding chocolate chips, fruit, or other flavorings. Enjoy your homemade cake!