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Vanilla Cake

By Chelsea Sugar
Vanilla Cake
12 servings
  • 214 reviews

  • Difficulty Easy
  • Prep time 20 mins
  • Cooking time 30 mins
  • Serves

    1 cup Chelsea White Sugar
    125g Tararua Butter
    2 eggs
    2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    1 1/2 cups Edmonds Standard Grade Flour
    1 3/4 teaspoons Edmonds Baking Powder
    1/2 cup Meadow Fresh Original Milk

    Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting
    375 grams unsalted Tararua Butter, softened and cut into cubes
    3 cups sifted Chelsea Icing Sugar
    3 tablespoons (45 mL) Meadow Fresh Original Milk
    1 vanilla bean, scraped
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    pinch of salt


    Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and flour a 23cm x 23cm cake pan or line a muffin pan with paper liners.
    In a medium bowl, cream together the Chelsea White Sugar and Tararua Butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla essence.
    Combine Edmonds Standard Grade Flour and  Edmonds Baking Powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the Meadow Fresh Original Milk until mixture is smooth. Pour or spoon into the prepared pan.
    Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes. For cupcakes, bake 20 to 25 minutes. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

    Whipped Vanilla Bean Frosting
    In a mixer whip Tararua Butter for 8 minutes on medium speed. Butter will become very pale & creamy.
    Add remaining ingredients and mix on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed for 6 minutes. Frosting will be very light, creamy, and fluffy.
    You can swap the vanilla bean and use a total of 1 1/2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract.

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Average Rating
(214 reviews)

Worked out beautifully! Delicious, soft and spongey texture and quick to make!
I took note of the previous reviews and used a smaller square cake tin so the cake wasn't too flat, but it still served about 16 x 3" square portions. You could use this for a layer cake easily. (I also didn't used another icing recipe). Will make again!!

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Tastes delious

this was a good tastying cake but the heat was wrong. it burnt the top of my cake and that made the whole thing terrible.

Easier than I thought, tastes great

This was awesome. Kouvr had the best time baking with mia

it was good

it was not my fav but it was really yummy

really tasty
your CAKES are the BEST

It tasted delicious, but I had added all the ingredients and it came out very low, It had sank down into itself. I had discovered this because I had put more than it had risen to.

My daughter, tried this recipe, because she forgot to make a cake earilier. Sorry if I spelt it wrong. English is not my strong suit. But anyway, please put softened butter.

they were so good


It was yum

This cake was absolutely delicious and amazing would definitely recommend

We have made this lovely cake over and over again!

hii use ur recipie every day

Delicious moist cake! I made it gluten free, I just used a bit more milk!! It turned out great! I also altered it and made it into marble cake and put cocoa powder in a 1/3rd of the mixture with some more milk and 1/3 some red food colouring!

some people are complaining but my recipe turned out great you probably just mucked it up

It’s an amazing cake I made it. 7 times today

Perfect and delicious
Better than I expected
Best ever

i like it


your cakes are the best

very yummy

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so fluffy and easy to make whole family loved it would make again not a pretty cake but taste makes up for it
100% recommend

So nice really fluffy and tastes delicious

My go to recipie! Doesn’t make as much as pictured but it is the perfect cake size. Very light and fluffy and easily adaptable into other recipients such as white choc raspberry muffins.

I did this recipe into 2 of the 6 inches cake tins. Turn out very nice and frosting is very nice too thank you

I have made this cake so many times and it has always turned out perfect definitely recommend this recipe

very good

Really nice small, fluffy cake with a good texture. I do suggest instead of this icing either buy some or make the one from the vanilla cupcake recipe. Otherwise amazing.

It is such a soft delicate recipe and tasted amazing.

Really good and fluffy but the cake was really small I would suggest putting it in a smaller cake tin

everyone hating on the cake but just get better at making it :)

My cake was so small:(

This is yum, thank you.


yummy cake. easy to make. love it so much.

Lovely cake. But the icing quantities are way off. I halved the butter and icing sugar and still have too much.

Read some reviews so I made a couple of modifications, all else by the book.
Replaced 2 Tbs of butter for coconut oil.
Whipped my egg whites first to soft not quite peaks.
Used cake flour, sifted.

Used an 8x8inch = 20.32x20.32cm glass cake pan.
Took 20min with convection/fan, it was getting to dark since I can't turn the fan off so I turned oven off and waited 5 min(hoping it would not fall) then 5 min back on at 175'c then off again for 5 more min.

Have my own buttercream/coconut oil frosting, will cut in half with BlackBerry jam center.

Looks fluffy and the perfect size for me and my hubbie with great flavor ;)


Chelsea sugar does the cake rise in the middle? If yes I have something to stop that so I just want to know if I want to use because you can only use it. And I want to know before I bake the cake?

Was easy to make with my 6 year old and tasted delicious

I think this cake is so fluffy and is amazing and tasty

Good cake, small and fluffy.

poopy tasting ugly looking cake.

A delightful fluffy and elegant cake that is great to share with family and friends and is great to make for birthdays or celebrations with kids!

I thought it wasn't that bad i made it into a cake at first but no it didn't turn out as nice as i made it into cupcakes the cupcakes were better

When I made the cupcakes I was glad I checked on them because they were cooked at ten mins but they were delicious and when i made the cake the outside cooked but the inside was still gooey I ended up cooking it way after 40 mins when my timer went off.

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AMAZING, TASTES AMAZING, I LOVE IT. It's light and fluffy.

So easy I loved it it was so good one of the best cakes ever!

It’s amazing! All my family loved it, it’s so light and fluffy and omg the cake and the icing taste amazing , would so do again!

OMG the best cake ever!

What the hell! I have made many cakes in my time, but none of them have had this happen to them. The cake batter was strange, kinda screechy and super thick. I haven't tried the cake yet but I'm not to sure how it will turn out. I probably did something wrong but idk.

Tastes good but a 23 cm tin makes a very low sad looking cake and it would have been very burnt if I'd cooked it for anywhere near the time stated :(

This cake was very nice to eat and super fun to make.
I did not need to double it just put it in a square cake tray.

I hate this cake

What is tararua butter?
CHELSEA SUGAR: Hi there, Tararua is a brand of butter you can purchase in the supermarket. It is regular salted butter.

The cake is flat and I highly recommend doubling it. This cake would definitely not serve 12 people.

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Not impressed with this recipe. The tin size in the instructions was too big, not enough mixture. It looked nothing like the picture. Wouldn't try it again

It was an amazing recipe for genius hour.

Super easy recipe but also wish I read the reviews first because the cake was far too flat so its so small and there is way too much icing (and I love icing!) Recommend increasing mixture quantities for the cake and reducing for the icing. Wasted a lot of butter.


Wish I'd read the reviews before I made this! Looks nothing like the photo provided!! The tin was too big for this recipe so the cake is flat!
WAY too much icing, so such a waste... especially of butter which is expensive!
Let's hope the taste makes up for it! This is for my daughter's birthday so I'm really disappointed.

I baked my partner a cake for her birthday for the first time and very disappointed about the butter cream icing. DO NOT USE THE AMOUNT OF BUTTER IN THIS RECIPE!!

love love love

Best cake ever!! It was super easy and fun to make!

Very nice and delicious recipe. We use the butter cream or cheese cream for frosting.

I tried to make this cake for my sons 7th B'day party, but this didn't turn out well. The recipe came out flat, and there was too much cream which tasted buttery.

It was tasty!

Flat as! It's a small cake so 20cm tin or small would be better. So disappointed.

These recipes look great. Easy to view and I will try some of these recipes.

The lightest and yummiest vanilla cake I’ve made ever!! I love this recipe and use it constantly now because it’s just so good!

The lightest and yummiest vanilla cake I’ve made ever!! I love this recipe and use it constantly now because it’s just so good!

Very nice. Just the way I like them.

Love it

I am gluten free and dairy free I have been for a while and I have struggled to find recipes out there that taste good gluten-free and surely enough this is one of them I would highly recommend.

Ensure to beat for quite a while, as it makes the cake smoother and less grainy :) Overall great! I would use a little more baking power though, as didn't rise much.

Has anyone ever added crushed Oreos to this? Success or not? Thanks.
Chelsea Sugar:
You could add a small amount of crushed Oreos to this cake, however, it might be best to do an Oreo icing instead to ensure the texture of the cake is not impacted.

Cake is good but icing almost tasted like plain butter. Would cut butter by half and then I might be able to eat the slice with icing.


How do I do the butter? Because it doesn't say to melt the butter before I mix, but if I don't melt it the sugar just sprays everywhere and does not mix together.
Chelsea Sugar:
You can soften the Tararua Butter before mixing it with your Chelsea Sugar.

Best recipe ever!

I did this dairy free for a rainbow layer cake, turned out great when I used almond milk, mediocre when I used soy milk. Definitely recommend anyone dairy free to do this with ALMOND milk.

Best recipe ever

Such a simple recipe to follow and so tasty.

Didn’t turn out like the photo at all and tastes too much of egg.

I thought this recipe was amazing!

Wow. The best cupcake ever in the world. Love it.

Omg awesome. I love it.

Delicous! Love it! It was a great mothers day cake. Mum loved it. It was delicious and sweet and moist.

The nicest creamest cake ever!

This was a delicious recipe. Though I did find the frosting was a bit grainy, you will have to beat it longer.

Good as

It looks so good and moist I could eat it every day. Its so nice and white I say you should give a go its soooo good my mouth is watering at the thought of it.

Perfect especially with buttercream. Really soft cake and could easily layer but worked just as good as a square single layer cake!

This is a nice and easy cake to make, I found it a bit on the eggy side, but I think that is just personal preference.

I absolutely loved this cake! It is my favourite recipe and I am sure to use this recipe again!

This is the best vanilla cake I have ever made. This is the only vanilla cake I have ever made. Very simple and fast to make. Thank you.

Easy as awesome cake recipe hardly any work easy to make and I’m ten thanx Chelsea sugar this recipe really hit the mark or even above

I hope it tastes as good as it looks!!!,


Yummy recipe but it is a bit dry.

The cake itself was more like a sponge but still really well done, everyone loved it

Easy cake. Made it a few times now. Great for birthdays.... I often layer it. Just add food colouring.
Frosting makes heaps. If you're not layering it only need half mix.

Some of the best cake I've ever made. My family loved it!


It was a nice cake - light and fluffy.

Love this recipe, I tried a few different ones and this was the best, lovely moist cake. Not a particularly tall cake, but I just made two and layered them. I added sprinkles to my mix to make it a “funfetti” cake for my daughter’s birthday.

Had pretty high hopes. Smelt awesome in the oven. Cooked nicely through and rose very nice and even. However after doing the taste test we found the cakes texture was a bit grainy and there was an aftertaste that both me and my partner immediately thought was the bi carbonated soda. Maybe it was my fault with the mixing but the measurements were on point and made sure to mix everything very well.

It was delicious

I've tried this recipe twice now. Both times the cake did not rise and was mushy/not fully cooked in the middle. I made sure to follow the recipe exact the second time and it still did the same thing. Very disappointed

Hi Chelsea, I want to use buttercream instead. How much do I use?
Chelsea Sugar:
You could make one batch of our Basic Buttercream Icing recipe.

My cake was 1 and a half cm and it was all eggy and it did not rise. I am not happy.

I read a comment that Chelsea replied to and it states that there is 1/4 cup of oil in the recipe... that is not written anywhere above. I made the cake and it came out flat and did not rise. Thinking it was me doing something wrong, I made again, same thing happened.... still has a good taste however no where near like the picture.

This was my first ever cake recipe I tried and it was absolute gold! Keeping this one for the books! It was moist, perfect amount of sweetness and just overall cake goodness!

Best cake I have made

Waiting for it to cook. Not sure how it will turn out.

Was put 23cm cake pan like recipe said and cake is tiny, like a large pancake. Needs to be in a 20cm cake tin and make 2 recipes for a decent size cake

Very disappointed in this recipe,
the cake did not rise and we did everything as listed.
Cake was dry and did not please our guests as much as we hoped.
Please fix this.

Very tasty. Thanks Chelsea, this recipe rules.

Very tasty. I added cinnamon since it was winter and it was so nice and moist. Thx Chelsea this recipe rocks.

Very nice!!

It's a very very small recipe. makes about half of what i expected.

Amazing cake, my go-to recipe!

I love this recipe but can I use instead of butter?

Chelsea Sugar:
Hi Breanna, you could substitute the butter for coconut butter, shea butter or cocoa butter.

Used this recipe for my daughter's birthday party and everyone loved it.

I doubled the recipe to make two cakes for stacking, but didn't need to double the frosting recipe. There was ample for the job.

Cool cake

Yum yum yum. Made this for my sons 13th birthday cake today, super easy, super quick, and super yum. I used self raising flour instead as this was all I had, with a little extra b.p. I put real strawberry butter creme icing on top with a few sprinkles and the whole cake is gone.

Fantastic! 5th time making it, so easy, and i’m 10!

not esey

I didn't have vanilla essence so used coconut essence and it was so great and moist loved it

yeah our one was horrible

but it might have to be the cooks

cool recipe


mmm so yummy! but a bit small and droopy in the center, but lovley and golden!

Yummy the best experience ever


Fabulous recipe I tried it and it turned out yummy but not the right shape

Made it Gluten Free but had to use 1/4 cup more milk ( after making it 4 times - now mastered ) - so Yum and moist - made in a Round Ring Tin
Did double the mixture at one attempt and used one tin - not a good thing - going to make one at a time if i need two cakes.
Everyone just loves it - My favorite thanks Chelsea Sugar

Well mine turned out similar to a pancake. I did make it in large round pan and so perhaps a bit big. I am using it to layer in a chocolate cake and so kind of perfect. Hopefully it tastes better than it looks :)

It was great and I loved it!!!!

This was great. If it didn't turn out right for you, you probably made it wrong.

does it make a one layer cake or two layer cake?
CHELSEA: the recipe is designed for one layer. Double the recipe if you want to layer it. Happy baking!

This cake was very moist, delicate and fluffy. Would definitely recommend. I also tried to substitute the vanilla essence for lemon juice from a few lemons. This also worked and made also a moist and fluffy strong lemon cake. Although would prefer to use my buttercream recipe for the icing below.
Buttercream Recipe:
2 in a half cups icing sugar
1 stick unsalted butter
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
Cream butter until nice and fluffy, then add the icing sugar (small portions at a time).
Then add the milk and vanilla essence. Mix until all Incorporated.
Suitable for all cakes and cupcakes etc.
Please enjoy;D

Great tasting cake but is about half the size of the cake in the pic yummy though

Turned out nothing like the pictures and was dry

Amazing!! It comes out a bit dense but it is still moist. 9.5/10.

Very good cake! Would try this recipe again!

I'm in love.

Very easy to make, tastes great! Perfect recipe.

This actually took me 50 minutes to back(not including making the cake), but it was a good cake except that it had a slight "eggy" taste to it but other that that I really enjoyed it.

(Try it with Raspberry Jam!)


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Moist and tastes amazing would give a 1,000,000 out of 10. Great recipe.

Hi, has anyone attempted this using oil? How did it go?
Chelsea Sugar:
There is 1/4 cup of oil in the ingredients. For best results, please follow the recipe.

I made this cake and it took over half an hour to prep. We put it in the oven and it was in there for over 40 mins. It browned and started to burn so we took it out and tested with a toothpick and it was fine but ended up being liquid in the middle. It also turned out to be less than half the height of the picture and didn't rise at all in the oven. once we took it out and let it cool for a bit it sunk in the middle. We were very disappointed in this recipe and we wasted money on this.

Made this today with chocolate and coffee swirl in it. 30min in oven and come out nice and fluffy.

These have just come out of the oven and I am waiting for them to cool down. They look and smell AMAZING! cant wait to top with whipped cream and fresh berries. I will sandwich two together with cream in between :) It's the dessert for our Christmas lunch 2018 (tomorrow) and I'm so excited to show it off

I love...

Ok, extremely delicious.
Not very good icing though

Only made 1 small cake and I had to double the recipe to make a normal sized cake. Other then that it tasted pretty good.

I loved it

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This is a delicious and easy cake. I definitely recommend it.

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This is a delicious and easy cake. I definitely recommend it.

It is a nice cake without the icing but it takes a bit longer than 30 minutes

I really like this cake recipe, have made it multiple times and have loved each and every time!!

Yum, looks great but it will have to be a 10/10 for me and I just want to have 5m like this.

Easy to follow and make, fantastic recipe

Not that good

I doubled the mixture and made a six layer rainbow cake, turned out perfectly and looked very impressive. Each layer took 10-12 mins to cook.

I don't know how it is
I never made it.
LOL Jks I did make it and I give it 10000/10000

mine came out as a thick batter, not of usual pouring consistency, still in the oven.***

I'm a nine-year-old that's really passionate for baking! I would like to push my limits but my mum suggests keeping it simple! so this is my perfect go to! I will say I've used this recipe before and it was delicious now I'm making cupcakes hope they work!!!


Super moist and beautiful!

wouldn't say a 10/10 but it was yum and me and me fam loved it! :D

The cake was delicious but the recipe made SO MUCH ICING!!!! and it was disgusting. Wayyyy too sweet. We used like 0.1% of the icing and now we all want to throw up. 0/10 would not recommend the icing. Cake was great though!

i did a 3 layer cake with this and used food colouring, had to cook for 40mins and turned out perfect, changed the icing

Tastes yum.

I love baking I hope there is still more coming and now I do not have to buy cake from the shop anymore

It looked like cheese and it tasted like over cooked pasta.

Mine cooked on 30 mins i really like this recipe but the icing is not the best to rich and sweet. Anyway i used a different icing and it looked and tasted DELICOUS!!! Thank you Chelsea! Amazing cake I recommend anyone to try it really easy and basic! 100/100!

it was fabulas

thank you so much it really helped

I Made It As A Mothers Day Cake. So Excited To See How It Turns Out

great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so yummy

Will this recipe be okay to use for a rainbow layer cake?
Chelsea Sugar:
Yes, you could use it to make a rainbow layer cake.

Hi there Chelsea, us it fine to use a 22cm by 22cm cake tin if I don't have a 23cm by 23cm cake tin? Thanks.
CHELSEA: yes that's fine.

Great! it is a tasty easy to make Cake.

Love this cake in 20 minutes its gone before i can get a piece

I liked the easiness of the making of the cake, does smell a bit weird but with frosting & icing it will look & taste yummy!

Very good

Baked on outside but didnt bake in the middle - still mixture (it bounced back to the touch but inisde was liquid.)
CHELSEA: Hi there, we recommend testing cakes with a skewer to make sure they are cooked in the middle, as cooking times can vary between ovens.

It's really easy to make but the taste is weird.

Very easy to make!!

I'm making it for my 14th birthday :))) sure it'll taste delicious.

I'm amazed at this cake to me is like a sponge cake 100/100❤

So amazing and to make the vanilla cake fun and creative add sprinkles to the batter that's what i did for my friends birthday cake 100/100 love it.❤

Great!!! Made it for a friends birthday. Didn't make as much as I thought it would so couldn't ice the middle. Maybe if you want it to be iced in the middle you will need to double the recipe. Happy baking though. It is a super easy and quick recipe and will go down well and make you super popular with your family and friends.

Quick easy fail-proof yummy cupcakes!

It's amazing. Quick and easy to make and I love this recipe.

Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tastes great and easy to make!

I tried this recipe today and worked out great!
The cake was moist, tasty and had not much of egg taste.
It took 30 min but I made it without the icing. Added more vanilla essence as I like it more and overall was irresistible.

Cake didn't rise very much sadly. However, very light and fluffy. Icing was ghastly sadly, so so rich and way too sweet, so much so that the cake was overpowered.

Tasty enough but no where high enough to slice in half for frosting

I've made this twice and perfect each time , quite fluffy and soft. I made it with rich choc icing. Took 35 mins to cook, my oven cooks hot. I love how easy it is, last time I cut a bit of white sugar out and added tablespoon brown sugar for a slightly more caramel taste.

I have to agree with the other reviewer.....does not make as a good cake compared to cupcake, it took longer than suggested to cook the cake.

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Perfect cake! Came out fantastic first go!

Seemed to take longer to cook than the allowed time. Not sure I would use this as a cake recipe but cupcakes yes.

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GREAT! FIRM moist and delicious used it to make strawberry shortcake!

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I used this recipe for cupcakes, simply beautiful.

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i just love a fluffy sponge cake so this recipe just hit the spot for me;):) i make it all the time thanks heaps thumbs up!!!!!! and yeah makes lovely cupcakes too=)

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