Vanilla Cake With Old-Fashioned Vanilla Frosting

vanilla bean cake
Diana Rattray
  • 50 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yield: 8 to 10 Servings
Ratings (8)

This simple one-layer vanilla cake will nicely satisfy a weekend cake craving. Use equal amounts of vanilla extract if you don't have vanilla beans or paste.

I love this cooked frosting because it isn't as sweet as the typical confectioners' sugar frosting. It does, however, take extra beating time to break the granulated sugar down. Use a fine-grained granulated baker's sugar for the frosting if possible. You can find baker's sugar at Amazon.

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What You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour, 6 ounces
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (superfine if possible)
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) butter, room temperature

How to Make It

Heat the oven to 375° F (190° C/Gas 5). Grease and flour a 9-inch round cake pan.

In a bowl, combine the cake flour, baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and soda.

In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream 8 tablespoons of butter with 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in 1 tablespoon of vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract.

Slowly beat in about one-third of the flour mixture, alternating with half of the buttermilk, until well blended. Scrape the bowl with a spatula. Repeat with another one-third of the flour mixture and the remaining buttermilk. Slowly beat in the remaining one-third of the flour mixture.

Spoon the batter into the prepared cake pan. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool the cake in pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Carefully turn the cake out of the pan to cool completely. Frost or glaze with your favorite icing or use the Old-Fashioned Vanilla Frosting recipe, below.

Makes about 8 to 10 servings.

Old-Fashioned Vanilla Frosting

Whisk the milk, 2 tablespoons of flour, and a pinch of salt together in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the mixture is very thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Beat sugar and butter together until smooth and creamy and no longer grainy. This will take several minutes. Beat in the cooled flour mixture until the frosting is light and fluffy. Beat in 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste.

Makes enough frosting to frost a one-layer cake.

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