White Cake Recipe

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Some one recently turned SEVEN years old at our house.  My kids usually have strong opinions about what type of cake they would like.  This particular child did not want chocolate cake since we had just had several family birthdays (including mine) where chocolate cake was served!  So we decided to go with a white cake!  An ALL white cake.  And since this girl is all about girly things…we decided to go with “fluff” as our boys refer to it!

We also just decorated her cake really simply by adding some “cupcake toppers” stuck to toothpicks and stuck them into the cake.  The cupcake toppers spelled out her name with a letter on each one and then the number 7 was on one in the front of the cake.  I made them by simply using a 2 inch scalloped paper punch for the outside ring.  Then I printed out the letters of her name and the seven and cut them out using a 1.5 inch circle paper punch.  Simply glue them together so the circle is centered in the scallop.

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We used this recipe which we found at Food.com.  And really liked it.  It was good, moist and had a great flavor to it.  That says a lot coming from me…a chocolate cake kind of a gal!

White Cake Recipe


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Grease and flour pans lightly. I used three 8 inch round pans.

  3. Cream together butter & vanilla extract.

  4. Add sugar slowly until all is added and it is mixed well.

  5. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.

  6. In a separate bowl sift flour, baking powder and salt together twice.

  7. Now add flour mixture, alternating between the milk and flour. Mixing well after each again.

  8. Pour equal amounts into each pan and give it a tap on the counter to remove any air pockets.

  9. Start checking at 25 minutes to prevent burning on the bottom and sides.

  10. Keep checking every 5-10 minutes.  May need to bake for a total of 30-40 minutes which can vary with different ovens.

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We used one of our favorite frosting recipes.   I am not a huge fan of frosting…sorry Lara, guess that means more for you!  But this frosting?  I really like…like I will scrape extra helpings of frosting onto my plate!  It is that good.  Usually the reason I don’t love frosting is how heavy and thick they are.  This frosting is light and fluffy!  So it was perfect for the look we were going for.  It is the same frosting we used on her Rainbow Cake a couple of years ago.

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Fluffy Vanilla Frosting

1.  Place 2 sticks of salted butter, at room temperature (otherwise you will get chunks of butter in your frosting), into mixer and whip together until nice and smooth.

2.  Then add 1 tsp. of vanilla.

3.  Gradually add about ½ to ¾ of a bag (regular size about 4 cups? ) of powdered sugar (Confectioner’s sugar).

It will be a bit chunky and not very smooth.

4.  Gradually add 1 tsp. of milk while mixing frosting.

5.  If it is still not the consistency you desire, add another tsp. of milk until you get a nice thick frosting that is smooth.

6.  Then fold in 1 tub of Cool Whip.

That’s it.

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What about you?  Do you like cake?  And if so…what is your cake of choice?


  1. says

    I don’t have a good white cake recipe in my repertoire… but plenty of chocolate cake recipes! So I can’t wait to try this one…. I also am intrigued by the addition of cool whip in your fluffy frosting recipe!

    Happy 7th Birthday!

    At our house, we have one turning 6 tomorrow and one turing 8 on Friday. Lots of baking in my future!

  2. Jennifer Hojnacki says

    Love those special days! Your entire presentation is beautiful. We use a special Happy Birthday cake for everyone’s birthday and it is fun to see their anticipation (even now that they are pre-teens and teenagers and barely get excited for anything anymore :( ) for their birthday cakes knowing that the cake plate is going to be used for them. I have seen a ton of adorable designs that are similar; our is from Hadley Pottery (http://hadleypottery.com/shop-by-item/special-occasion).

  3. says

    Hey there! I love the birthday cake and the recipes you shared for the white cake and the frosting! And Happy 7th Birthday to your lil girl! =) I, too, also love chocolate cake…but seeing these photos of the white cake just looks delicious…and I agree on the frosting part too, dislike how heavy and thick frostings are, so I would use whipped cream, hehehe…but I’m glad you shared the frosting recipe because I’m going to give it a try. THANK YOU! And what’s perfect is that my dad’s birthday is this month too…=) Thanks again and have a wonderful day!

  4. nemiha says

    this cake look super yummy. I”m pretty sure I”m going to make one for no reason but eating.

  5. says

    ooooh this looks mouthwatering! thanks for sharing. i have been in dire need of a new light and fluffy frosting!!!!!!

  6. Ginger Lilly says

    This looks yummy but I would love for someone to comment and say if this recipe worked out for them.

    I’m really tired of trying recipes that turned out to need more of a certain ingredient or less of another.

  7. sandra says

    i tried this cake the other day but with different frosting…….well…….mine didnt turn out so good.
    it tasted very good,but it didnt raise….
    do you have any idea what happend? i cant figure out what i did.

  8. Jenn says

    Oh, my! Tried this recipe this summer and have probably made it 10-12 times since. Everyone asks for it! Your frosting is a MUST for this cake. I am a frosting girl, and this is so unique. Still sweet, but so light all you get is the flavor. Love, love, love this recipe!


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