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Simple Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Recipe photo courtesy of Johnny Miller

This easy all-purpose yellow cake takes just a bit longer to make than one from a packaged mix, but it's worth it.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2013
Total Time Prep Yield





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For the frosting:

Cook's Notes

Cream cheese is the key to frosting that's sweet but not cloying.


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How would you rate this recipe?
  • bakerjl8441199
    17 FEB, 2018
    Was really fluffy and moist however, it tasted more like cornbread than a cake to me. Does anyone else’s taste like cornbread?
  • megonhen2853735
    22 JAN, 2018
    instead of softening the butter melting it would make it more smooth and fluffly
    24 JUN, 2017
    I made the cake using the exact recipe and it came out light and moist. Absolutely delicious. I'll make this recipe again!
  • elizarsoccer
    21 APR, 2017
    I love baking, but was VERY disappointed with this recipe. I did everything that it told me to, and baked it for 40 minutes, but it came out flat, dry, and raw. It looked like a raw pancake. Very disappointed.
  • lavetiamrutag
    27 AUG, 2016
    I am very new to baking. There were clear instructions to preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once the batter is ready it should be baked for 30 mins but what i would like to know is at what temperature should it baked. Thanks.
    • meloyd06icloud
      26 MAR, 2017
      You cook everything at what temperature the oven or stove is meant to be preheated at, in this case, 350°F.
  • chrisp725
    27 MAR, 2015
    At the top it says it yields one 8 inch layer cake but in the recipe it says butter 2 pans. Do I need to double the ingredients to make 2 layers?
    • lporto
      13 JUL, 2015
      At the top it says it yields one 8 inch layer cake but in the recipe it says butter 2 pans. Do I need to double the ingredients to make 2 layers?
    • foonl
      1 JUN, 2015
      No an 8inch layer cake means that its made up of 2 eight inch cakes sandwiched together, so that means the batter should be divided between the 2 cake pans.
    • baranowskisam
      29 MAR, 2015
      chrisp725, A layer cake refers to a two layer cake
  • MS11344570
    11 MAY, 2015
    This is one of my favorite cakes of all time! The cake is very tasty and tender and the frosting is absolutely delicious! Was a big hit and my family loved it !
  • leahvbakes
    2 MAY, 2015
    My new favorite vanilla cake recipe. Nice and light and fluffy. Some were saying it was dry -I cut down the cooking time some and I always use cake flour... Delicious! (I didn't use the frosting recipe)
  • baranowskisam
    29 MAR, 2015
    Excellent! And I used skim milk because it was all I had. But it was so buttery, yum!
    • baranowskisam
      29 MAR, 2015
      note that I only made the cake, not the frosting. But the cake was 5 star.
  • rosasdolcevita
    24 MAR, 2015
    This cake is divine! Very tender and flavourful. It was well received by the whole family. Will definitely make this again!

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