Friday, October 19, 2012

classic vanilla cake

Pin It
i had the pleasure of babysitting my two nephews a few weekends ago.
it was so much fun! they are brothers and 7 years a part, it is funny to see how they interact - Aiden the youngest, he's 3 emulates everything his big brother Xavier does.
we went on a nice long hike, every rock Xavier climb, every down tree he jumped his little brother was right behind him making his way over and onto the trees and rocks....with a little help from his auntie of course.

so as a treat i decided to bake them a cake - a simple classic vanilla cake frosted blue with lots of fun sprinkles...not only did we enjoy cake but we also made popcorn on the stove and Xavier made his first, completely from scratch pizza - dough and all! i couldn't be more proud.

the cake is super simple, easy to whip up in the morning to enjoy that very same afternoon.
when it comes to cakes i definitely prefer vanilla.
growing up i never requested chocolate cake for my birthday and whenever chocolate cake was served at other birthday parties i always opted for a double helping of ice cream
my original intent was to bake this cake with the boys - but aiden is high energy so a hike was a better plan.
Xavier on the other hand, has been baking and cooking with me since he was little. anytime we had him to ourselves we would always find our way to the kitchen - at 3 he was even helping me with the dishes...okay it was more like playing with the kitchen sink sprayer which resulted in a flooded kitchen - but to him he was the biggest helper of the day.
so make this cake with or for someone you love - it is sure to put a smile on their face.
Classic Vanilla Cake
makes 1 6" layer cake or 1 8" round cake
you will need:
for the cake
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3 tbsp corn starch
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 Cup Sugar
3/4 cup soygurt or Coconut Yogurt
3/4 cup cold water
2 tsp pure vanilla extract 
your favorite frosting recipe with coloring of choice ~ India tree makes a nice line of plant based colorings
pre heat oven to 350*
grease (2) 6" or (1) 8" cake pan(s) & line the bottom of each pan with a parchment round and lightly grease the parchment - set aside
in a medium mixing bowl sift dry ingredients together
in a medium bowl whisk sugar + wet ingredients
slowly stir wet mixture into dry until well combined. evenly divide the batter between the cake pan(s) or pour into the single pan.
bake in the pre heated oven 20-23 minutes - until a cake tester comes out with a few moist crumbs when tested in the center of the cakes.
remove from oven and allow to cool  - turn cakes onto a cooling rack and fully cool before frosting.
once fully cooled frost with your favorite frosting and decorate!
Print this recipe


  1. Yum - it looks like such a lovely fluffy cake!

    I love baking with my nephew, in fact - I should make a date with mine so we can spend some quality time together in the kitchen. This cake would be a perfect thing to make together.

    1. Aren't nephews awesome! You should defnitely have a baking date with your nephew soon, I am hoping mine never grows too old to want to cook with his auntie :)

  2. Wow, this is such a perfect birthday cake. It is really beautiful. :)

  3. i always preferred vanilla cake, too. this cake looks so light and fluffy and delicious! and the frosting looks to die for, and i'm not a frosting gal.

    your day with your nephews sounds so enchanted and lovely. i love the image of your hike. it must have been a tad challenging with a 3 year old ;)

    also, i LOVE the pictures overlooking the green grass! PERFECTION.

    1. Truth is I am not a total forsting gitl either - this added just the rightamount of "frostiness" to the cake :)

      I could not believe how well Aiden did - no complaints, just happy boys all around, my older nephew told me this was the best weekend ever :)

      The grass in our backyard gets crazy green and thick - the best partis its all natural, all organic of course :)

  4. This cake is definitely putting a smile on my face Heather! What a gorgeous presentation - amazingness! I bet your nephews were in heaven with you! xox

    1. My nephews are the greatest - they are just pure hapiness :)

  5. How cute! Sounds like a fun day :) I am a chocolate fan, but I do love a good vanilla cake too. Yours looks great!

    1. Thanks Meliss - chocolate definitely has its place, but I am a total vanilla girl :)

  6. Seriously, are you super woman? I could never put together a cake, stovetop popcorn and a pizza with other people's kids in my house (including my own). Love this cake and love that it's oil free. I sense cupcakes coming on here!

    1. Hahaha - definitely not super woman, they are good kids and love food too :) It probably helped that this was after our long hike!

  7. WOW!! What a weekend! Those are some lucky boys:) it looks super delicious! love the sprinkles:)

    1. It was such a great weekend Caralyn- thanks for stopping by!

  8. I love your site! You should post some of your food pics on it could help get you more readers.

  9. Your weekend sounds incredible, HOW DID YOU DO IT? I absolutely love this cake it is a work of art :)


  10. seriously. gorgeous. cake. wow.

  11. This is definitely a keeper recipe! in the midst of the all the chocolate or other inticate flavors, the vanilla gets forgotten. i do love a fluffy vanilla cake with some cream and fruits! love the fresh and bright pictures. made my day since its been raining the past 3 days and will continue for the next whole week!

    1. We are expecting snow tonight, I am sure I will be revisiting this post to remember what green grass looks like!

  12. The texture of your cakes always look so wonderful. I hope to give this a try soon! Like you, I always asked for vanilla cake as well.

  13. This is beautiful Heather! Those boys must be very special indeed to get a cake like this :)

  14. I loved this post, Heather. Those boys sound like so much fun and this cake was an awfully nice treat. :-)

    1. They are so much fun- I miss Xavier being little, I can't believe how quick they grow up! Having him and Aiden around is so much fun :)


Thanks for stopping by - your comments make my day!