This simple vanilla butter cake is our “go to” recipe for all sorts of special occasions. It’s a basic butter cake recipe that I’ve had in my recipe folder for ages, tweaked here and there over time.
The cake has featured at many a family birthday celebration over the years. It’s a reliable and tasty crowd pleaser. Another advantage is that it tastes just as good, if not better, the day after it has been baked. The three egg factor probably helps with this. Making the birthday cake in advance is a great help for party planning.
A simple vanilla butter cake recipe
A warning – this is not a tall cake when baked in a standard cake tin, as you can see from the photos. If you do want a taller cake, either use a smaller diameter cake tin, or you could make two cakes and layer them, perhaps with some extra frosting between the two layers.
I have to admit I avoid fancy cake decoration at all costs, and rarely even ice my cakes. It’s just not my thing. However, for a special occasion I will frost a cake with buttercream and stretch myself with some simple decorating.
For the cake in the pictures, I put a small amount of the frosting into a separate bowl to colour it, popped some blotches of the coloured frosting here and there (in an artistic fashion, of course!) all over the cake, and gently swirled each of the blotches with a knife. Adding sparkly balls makes everything better. And if you need even more fancy bits, add some (non-toxic) flowers.
Here’s a simple buttercream frosting recipe:
- 150g butter, softened
- 300g icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- few drops of food colouring, if desired
Beat the softened butter, slowly add sifted icing sugar and continue beating. Add milk & vanilla and combine well.
If it was chocolate cake you were after, have a look at the next post for the simple chocolate cake recipe we’ve been using for years.
By the way, I hope you have a happy birthday!