I’ve been using the same recipe for birthday cake for a few years now. The kids both prefer vanilla cakes, and this vanilla cake, although, you know, is just vanilla…is SO SO good.
And this recipe is a workhorse for me. I mixed up the batter for cupcakes for Isaac’s party last Saturday. Then I mixed it up again and divided it between mini cupcakes for his class a tiny 6 inch round cake for our family. One recipe of batter made 24 regular sized cupcakes, or 48 minis and a mini 6 inch cake. It does it all!
And it’s REALLY good. The cupcakes have nice domed tops, they are moist and the flavor is fantastic.
Here’s the recipe!
Vanilla Birthday Cake (adapted from Passion for Baking, of course!)
1 cup softened butter
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour
1 1/2 cup milk
Mix together butter and sugar. Add in the eggs and extract and mix well. Sprinkle in powder and salt. Add in a cup of flour and a splash of the 1 1/2 cups milk and mix. Continue alternating flour and milk until you’ve added all 3 cups of flour and all of the milk. Mix really well.
Then…do whatever you want! Line a cupcake pan with cupcake wrappers…or oil and flour a cake pan, square, round, whatever you want to do. Preheat the oven to 350 and then the bigger the pan, the longer it’ll take to bake. It’s about 12 minutes for cupcakes and about 25 minutes for cake. But, check it with a toothpick to make sure it’s done.
Allow the cakes to cool and then decorate with your favorite frosting!