A vanilla sponge cake is a must-have recipe for any cake decorator. This simple and easy sponge cake can be used for celebration cakes, novelty cakes as well as wedding cakes. A great place to start if you are new to baking a cake from scratch.
One of the most basic cake recipes you must have on hand when you start baking from scratch is a vanilla cake. This simple, easy and effortless vanilla sponge cake is it. Moist with a soft crumb and melts in your mouth. Made with delicious butter and plain all-purpose flour.
It is also a very versatile cake. You can use it with frosting as well as fillings such as strawberry, blueberry, or other fruit fillings. One of my favorite cake filling with this is custard or pastry cream filling.
Ingredients and substitutes
- Flour – I like cake flour for this recipe because it lends a wonderful soft cake with a tender crumb. If you do not have cake flour you can make your own cake flour substitute
- Butter – I always use unsalted butter so I can control the amount of salt in the cake. But, if salted butter is all you have use it and omit salt in the recipe.
- Milk – I use full-fat 3% milk. You can also use skimmed or low-fat milk.
- Vanilla – I think vanilla bean paste is perfect to use for this cake but you can certainly use vanilla extract or substitute some of the sugar for vanilla sugar.
Unfrosted this cake will keep at room temperature for 3 to 4 days. Well wrapped in the fridge it will keep for a week. It can also be frozen for up to a month. Once frosted, it will keep at room temperature for 2 to 3 days. In the fridge for a week and can be frozen for up to a month.
If you can’t use a cake immediately, I always recommend freezing rather than chilling. I find the freeze does a better job of locking in moisture as compared to the fridge.
Wrap the cake well in plastic wrap, then in parchment paper. If you plan to freeze it for longer, wrap it in aluminum foil again. The parchment will prevent freezer burns while the aluminum will keep the smell of other foods from getting into the cake.
The main difference is the use of egg whites as compared to whole eggs. The absence of egg yolks in a white cake gives it a lighter and brighter batter which bakes whiter than other vanilla cakes. Using white butter or oil makes a white cake appear whiter too!
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1 x makes 2 x 6-inch round cakes
2x makes 2 x 8-inch round cakes
3x makes 2 – 10 inch round cakes
4x makes 2 x 12 inch round cakes, etc
- ½ cup (113 g) Butter unsalted, room temperature
- 1 cup (200 g) Sugar
- 2 cups (250 g) Cake flour
- 2 Eggs Large
- 1½ tsp Baking Powder
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ cup (120 ml) Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup (227 g) Butter unsalted, room temperature
- 4 cups (480 g) Powdered sugar
- ½ tsp Salt
- ¼ cup (60 ml) Milk
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- ½ cup (100 g) Sugar
- 1 cup (240 ml) Water
- 1 tsp Lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 325°F /165°C/ Gas Mark – 3
- Dry ingredients – Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Next add the eggs, one at a time. Followed by the vanilla extract. Pro tip– adding eggs one at a time will prevent the eggs from curdling. If the batter does curdle just add a tablespoon of flour to help stabilize it.
- Next, add the flour and milk in three batches. Combine well but do not over mix. Pro tip – we do not want to activate the gluten in the flour so work gently once you add the flour.
- Pour the cake batter into the prepared cake pans. Bake on the middle rack for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean. Pro tip – using baking/ cake strips for your pans will prevent a dome and excess caramelization around the edges which looks better for layer cakes.
- Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely. Pro tip – always cool cakes completely before decorating otherwise the frosting will melt on warm cakes.
- In the bow of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until light and fluffy.
- Then, add the salt, and powdered sugar one cup at a time. Once all the powdered sugar is in add the water or milk and vanilla extract.
- Continue to whip for 2 to 3 minutes until the buttercream is pale but light and fluffy.
- Place the first layer on the cake board or cake stand. Add a dollop of buttercream and spread evenly with an offset spatula. Then, place the second layer on top followed by more butter and the third layer. Chill the cake for 15 minutes. Pro tip – chilling the cake will help hold the two layers together and prevent them from moving while frosting the outside.
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