Supremely Soft And Fluffy Vanilla Cake

Calling all cake lovers πŸ˜‰ Im sharing with you all one of the best, failproof vanilla cake recipes ever! This is one of the first recipes that I posted on my Facebook page, it was and still is one of the most popular recipes that I’ve shared! So many of you have made it, both as cakes and cupcakes, and given rave reviews.

I have been making this vanilla cake for years. It was one of the first recipes I learned to perfect and I still use it now when I have a sudden vanilla cake craving.

A simple and flavourful oil-based vanilla cake that uses basic kitchen staple ingredients and is basically failproof. 

The cake is so easy to make, requiring minimal, basic ingredients and is so insanely light and soft it’s unbelievable! I used this as my go to vanilla recipe because it calls for everything that I always have ready, on hand in my kitchen and can be made, frosted and eaten really fast.

More times that not I find myself missing ingredients that cakes call for like butter or sour cream. This cake was always a life saver because it can be made with the simplest ingredients and they can be substituted when needed, like using only oil if you find yourself out of butter. The cake itself doesn’t need a stand mixer or even a hand mixer as I’ve made the batter using a regular whisk many times and the result is just as delicious.

Another thing I love about this cake is that it can be frosted and topped with ANYTHING! It’s so practical and delicious, you can pair it with any flavour frosting like strawberry, peanut butter, caramel etc. For an all vanilla cake, I like it best with my favourite vanilla frosting. It doesn’t have to be a fluffy frosting, you can top with just glazes and icings, top with nuts or cake crumbs.

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Supremely Soft And Fluffy Vanilla Cake

Recipe by Linda @thedutchbaker

8 – 12


This recipe yields enough batter for a layered 8 or 9 inch cake, 24 cupcakes or a 9 x 13 inch cake. Recipe can be easily halved.


  • 3 cups all purpose flour (375 gms)

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup (250 mls) oil (1/2 cup melted butter (100 gms) can be used in place of 1/2 cup (125mls) oil)

  • 1 1/2 cups (300 gms) sugar

  • 4 eggs

  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 cup milk (250 mls)

  • Top withΒ vanilla frosting


  • Grease and flour 2 or 3 round 9 inch cake tins.
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt until combined. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla and sugar. Whisk for 1 1/2 – 2 minutes using an electric whisk, until it has slightly thickened and lightened in colour.Β Whisk in the melted butter and oil.
  • Add the flour mix and milk to the eggs/butter mix in alternating batches, starting and ending with flour mix. Be careful not to over mix.
  • Divide batter evenly between pans and bake at 170C for about 28 – 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Do not over bake. Cool completely in an airtight container before frosting.

41 thoughts on “Supremely Soft And Fluffy Vanilla Cake

    1. Thank you! That is so sweet! I know you and your husband will love these! Its super easy and delicious, always a winner πŸ˜‰ I have made it will almost all types of toppings πŸ˜‰ thanks for your lovely comment xx

  1. That looks so yummy! I usually choose chocolate cake with chocolate frosting but this may make me change my mind.

    1. Thank you Lynne πŸ™‚ I do hope you try it, Im sure you’ll love it! Well surprisingly I love the texture using oil because it is so soft its just so pleasant to eat. That being said I can’t deny the flavour of butter so that’s why I use a mixture of both πŸ™‚ being completely honest with you, I do make it using all oil more often that even both butter and oil only because I use the butter for frostings πŸ˜‰ thanks for your sweet comment xx God bless <3

  2. Thank you for sharing! I’ve been trying to find a good base cake recipe and this one is going into my rotation very soon. I live at high altitude, so would you recommend any tweaks to this recipe for that reason?

    1. Hiya πŸ™‚ thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment πŸ™‚ I think you should be fine, just don’t bake for too long. It’s a very simple recipe so you shouldn’t have any problems. Let me know how it turns out! God bless ❀

    1. Thanks Johanne πŸ™‚ love your name <3 yep this is one of the best, I do have others I use that call for butter and sour cream etc but its always great to have a simple, always on spot recipe πŸ™‚ thanks for your sweet comment xx

    1. Hahaha thanks Dana! I know when I was thinking about what word to use to describe the texture of the cake, I wanted something good but that isn’t always used πŸ˜‰ took me a while to come up with it! And yes these cakes really are delish! Especially if your in a ‘Im too lazy to make something but I need something sweet!’ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ thanks for the sweet comment xx

    1. Your welcome <3 this is a very personal recipe for me because it's the first one I prefected when I discovered my passion for baking and it has stuck with me since πŸ™‚ thanks for all your sweet comments xx

    1. Hi Josette πŸ™‚ thank you so much for your sweet comment πŸ™‚ this is probably the most recipe that has been tried and loved since I first shared it back in 2014! Im happy to say that people have also made it since re-sharing it here and have given great reviews which is great since it continues to show how failproof and delicious it is! πŸ™‚ God bless xx

  3. Yes… So this is 2018 and I was looking for a simple cake recipe for a surprise birthday cake for my cousin and I stumbled upon your recipe and I must confess it was an absolute blessing. I normally don’t leave comments but I had to come back to drop one. The cake came out so soft and fluffy and absolutely delicious. Thank you!

    1. Hii! I am so happy to hear you loved this cake! thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment, I really appreciate it and thanks again for trying out this recipe! πŸ™‚ God bless xx

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