Simple White Cake Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk extra if needed to make smooth
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 - 9” round cake pans. See notes.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Recipe Notes

Note 1: This recipe makes 2-9” round cakes. Halve the recipe for 1 9 X 9 square cake.

Note 2: To make checkerboard cake make the full recipe. You will need it somewhat thin. Use a checkerboard cake insert. You will need 3 – 9” round cake pans. For 2 color cake you will need 2 colors of food coloring. It will require approximately 4 cups of prepared frosting.