Back with a New Cake

Hi everyone!  It’s been a long time since I’ve posted…life has gotten a little crazy lately.  Quick update:  I’ve turned another year older (against my will..I want to stay young forever), made a cake for a friend’s son’s birthday party, and finished all remaining work necessary to get my masters degree (done with school!!!).

Back to the cake I made this weekend.  It was a simple vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream, and had an image of Lightning McQueen from Cars drawn in buttercream on top.  See?

Vanilla cake is possibly the most universally liked flavor…and the easiest to make!! Looking for a quick and easy recipe for vanilla cake?  Look no further!

This cake is not dry (I don’t like the word “moist”…so will refrain from using it from here on out) and is extremely easy to make.

Basic Vanilla Cake

Makes two 8″ cakes or 24 cupcakes.

**Recipe taken from and can be found here**

  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine (2 sticks), softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Prepare pans by greasing and flouring the bottom and sides, or use cupcake liners for cupcakes.

In a large bowl, cream together butter/margarine and sugar. Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing until well incorporated. Mix in vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Add to wet ingredients in 2 additions, mixing just until combined.

Stir in milk until batter is smooth. Pour into pans and bake 30-40 minutes or until golden and springs back when touched.


Do you have any simple recipes that you return to time and time again?


Here are a few more pictures of the McQueen cake 🙂



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