Vanilla Birthday Cake with Old Fashioned Vanilla Buttercream

Source: Once Upon a Chef

Snapshot Review

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

My Husband’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Will I make again?:  For sure!

Recipe Difficulty:  Takes a little bit of skill.

Time Involved: Takes some time.

Occasion: Birthday!

My Thoughts on this Recipe

I found this Vanilla Birthday Cake with Old Fashioned Vanilla Buttercream from Once Upon a Chef when I was looking for a white cake to make for my husband’s birthday. I gave him a few recipes to choose from, and he chose this one, and I’m glad he did because this is a delicious white cake. This cake has 4.5 stars on her website from over 500 people, so I bet you will like it too!


The main ingredients are all purpose flour, baking powder, butter, sugar, egg whites, milk, vanilla, almond extract, cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar. View the full recipe here.


When preparing the pans, I followed my usual prep, which is to butter and flour them, add parchment along the bottom of the pan, and butter and flour that. I learned to do this from the Barefoot Contessa, and I trust that the cake will come out of the pan when I do this. I do not trust using cooking spray, which is in this recipe.

Next time I will whisk the eggs a little more. Some people in the reviews said they had better results when the eggs were more fully whisked, and I had just done it lightly.

The almond extract in the cake was a delicious addition. The cake kind of reminded me of a sugar cookie flavor for that reason. I would definitely do that again.

The cakes took 30 minutes in my oven, and I had it on convection bake. I cooled the cakes for 15 minutes before flipping them over on a baking rack.

One thing I really appreciate about this recipe is that it makes enough frosting. It drives me nuts to have to make more or not be able to cover the cake the way I would like, so I’m thrilled that I can ice the cake with ease knowing there is more than enough frosting!

Future Ideas/Variations

This cake is great the way that it is, but next time I might try changing up the frosting to chocolate or strawberry.

Final thoughts

This cake is perfect for your next birthday or celebration!


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