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Sometimes having a light, moist yellow cake is all a girl wants to satisfy her sweet cravings. I love how simple and versatile this creation is. While it can take on a multitude of icings, a simple slice of this cake is the ultimate accompaniment to tea or coffee, or just about anything.

This is the cake I knew as a child and the very first one I learnt from my mother. This is also the cake I experimented with numerous times – adding cocoa to make it chocolatey, or adding nuts to add some flair. However, this basic recipe always worked best! Sorry for the picture, I unfortunately did not take any better pictures of the cake I made most recently 😦 The cake also wasn’t as brown – it’s just the Instagramming at work!

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Basic Vanilla Cake

A moist vanilla cake that can be eaten alone or topped with the icing of your choice.


What you need:

All-purpose flour – 1 ½ cups
Vegetable oil – ½ cup
Sugar – 1 1/8 cup
Eggs – 3
Baking powder – 1tsp
Buttermilk – 2/3 cup
Salt – a pinch
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp


The Method:

Preheat the oven at 350 F.

In a large bowl (or the bowl of your Stand Mixer), beat the oil and sugar together till fluffy.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Also whisk in the vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.

Now with the mixer running, add the flour mixture to the sugar and eggs alternating with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.

Scrape the bowl and beat well.

Grease a 9” round cake pan and dust with flour. Pour the batter into this pan and place in the center of the oven.

Bake for 40-45 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Let it cool for 10 minutes and then remove to a rack to cool.

Layer with icing or enjoy as it is!


Tip: If you don’t have buttermilk, you can add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk. Let it rest for about 5 minutes and the buttermilk is ready!

Happy baking!

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