The Best Vanilla Cake

If you’re looking for a go-to vanilla cake recipe for wedding cakes, birthday cakes, shower cakes, anniversary cakes, or just because cakes, that will have everyone who tastes it coming back for more, this is it.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 whole eggs, separated, at room temperature
  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup shortening
  • 1 tbs pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp lemon extract (optional)
  • 3 cups cake flour (To make cake flour, replace 2 tbsp of flour with cornstarch per cup. So, for this recipe, add all the flour to a bowl, remove 6 tbsp and then add 6 tbsp of cornstarch. Whisk well to combine.)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 cup buttermilk, full fat, at room temperature
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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 325. Grease and flour three or four 8 or 9 inch round cake pans and line the bottoms with a round of parchment paper that is also slathered with a bit of butter or shortening.
  2. Separate the 4 whole eggs, placing the 4 yolks in a small bowl and the whites in a separate medium
  3. size bowl. Add the 3 additional egg whites to the other 4 for a total of 7 egg whites. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until frothy. Slowly pour in 1/4 cup of the sugar, beating as you pour. Continue to beat until the meringue is glossy and stiff peaks form when you lift the whisk from the beaten egg whites. Set aside.
  4. Fit the standing mixer with the paddle attachment and cream the butter, shortening and remaining 2 cups of sugar until light and fluffy, about 6 minutes. Stop the mixer to scrape down the sides of the bowl a time or two. Beat in the vanilla and lemon extracts.
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