Simple Vanilla Cake Recipe

Simple Vanilla Cake Recipe

Today was a stay at home day for my family and I.  I decided to make our classic simple vanilla cake with my 4-year-old. She loves to bake (and so do I). This simple vanilla cake, made from scratch is delicious but really easy to make. It’s a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen too!

Simple Vanilla Cake Recipe Ingredients

The Cake:

200g Self-raising Flour

4 Beaten Eggs

200g Caster Sugar

200g Softened Butter

2 tbsp Milk

1 tsp Baking Powder

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

The Topping – Butter Icing:

140g Icing Sugar

100g Softened Butter

1 tsp Vanilla Extract



The method for this tasty simple vanilla cake is really easy to follow.

For the vanilla cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°.
  2. Add the flour, caster sugar and softened butter into a mixing bowl.
  3. Beat the eggs and add them to the mixture.
  4. Add the milk, baking powder and vanilla extract to the bowl and whisk until smooth.
  5. Line a cake tin with butter and spoon the mixture into the tin.
  6. Bake at 180° for approximately 20 minutes.

Once the cake has cooled, make the butter icing.

  1. Add the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract to a bowl.
  2. Mix until smooth.

Spread the butter icing over the cake and add some sprinkles of your choice for decoration.

In the past, we have added chocolate chips to the mixture, this worked really well and transformed our simple vanilla cake to a tasty vanilla and chocolate cake. We have also made cupcakes, placing the mixture into cupcakes and spreading the icing over the individual cakes. To use this simple vanilla cake recipe to make a Victoria sponge cake, simply use two cake tins to split the mixture. Then add jam and the butter icing to one of the baked cakes and place the other cake on top of it to create a sandwich.

This incredibly simple vanilla cake recipe has been passed down through my family and is a perfect recipe to try out with the kids.






  1. shalycee
    November 12, 2018 / 8:29 pm

    Such a great recipe for a simple cake. I love the photo of your little girl helping! My mom used to let me help me the kitchen too! ✨✨

    • November 13, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      She really does love helping in the kitchen – I love the time we spend together baking – precious memories 🙂

  2. Debby
    November 12, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    This looks amazing ab d very detailed. I’ll definitely try this ❤? Thanks so much ❤

    • November 13, 2018 / 8:42 pm

      Thank you Debby 🙂

  3. November 12, 2018 / 8:55 pm

    Wow I’m sure I could even manage this. I’m a sucker for buying desserts. Sounds delicious

    • November 13, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      I’m sure you could manage it – I too am a sucker for desserts 🙂

  4. Chloe
    November 12, 2018 / 9:20 pm

    I love cake recipes and I especially love vanilla cakes. This sounds like it would be really tasty!

    • November 13, 2018 / 8:40 pm

      Many thanks Chloe – it’s delicious 🙂

  5. missbeautysaver
    November 12, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    Hi, Ashley!
    What a great looking cake! That recipe is simple but honestly, even the simplest of cakes are still tricky to get right. It looks like you and your mini baker smashed it! Buttercream icing is the one thing that never fails to make a cake truly exceptional to me! I wonder, how is the Norpak butter compared to the leading brand – can you tell a difference? I’m really curious to know now!
    Hanna | @

    • November 13, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      The only way I ever mess up this cake is by leaving it in the oven for too long (I tend to wander off and forget). We tried Norpak about a year ago and haven’t looked back since. It tastes exactly the same for a fraction of the price 🙂

  6. Venus
    November 13, 2018 / 2:17 am

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe ?

    Venus |

  7. Bianca Worthy
    November 13, 2018 / 3:09 am

    I love to bake as well. I’ve never heard of a Victorian sponge cake. It sounds so easy and quick to make. The last thing I need are quick ways to make dessert! Oatmeal raisin cookies are my thing. Thanks for the recipe! Bookmarking to try the sponge cake over the holidays.

    • November 13, 2018 / 8:36 pm

      Thank you Bianca, I should really stop baking. The oatmeal raisin cookies sound delicious 🙂

  8. November 13, 2018 / 4:58 am

    Look really yummy and not at all hard to make that actually makes me want to do it

    • November 13, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you! It is really tasty and so easy to make 🙂

  9. busytykes
    November 13, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    My four year old loves baking as well! Thanks for the fun recipe!

  10. Huda
    November 25, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    Omg yum! This looks SO delicious! Now I’m in the mood to bake some cake! ????

    • November 26, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      Thank you – it is really filling 🙂

      • November 26, 2018 / 9:42 pm

        Thank you my lovely 🙂

  11. May 10, 2019 / 1:22 pm

    Baking cakez is defo something I need to give a go in the near future! Love how much simpler it actually is, especially your vanilla cake one 🙂 Appreciate you sharing Lella!

    Johnny | Johnny’s Traventures

    • Lellalee
      May 10, 2019 / 1:29 pm

      Thank you Johnny xxx

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