French Vanilla Cake Recipe

I have more than the best homemade French vanilla cake recipe, check out more dessert recipes at the end of the page.

This homemade vanilla cake recipe from scratch is the one. Incredibly moist and tender, the taste is perfect - pure vanilla.

Here's a tip for this cake recipe: If the butter is not completely soft, you will have to beat it for several minutes to get the light and fluffy texture. 

Best French Vanilla Cake Recipe

French Vanilla Cake Recipe

Homemade French Vanilla Cake Recipe from Scratch



1 cup homemade unsalted butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
2-3/4 cups all purpose flour, sifted
2-1/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup milk
2 TBS pure vanilla extract

1 cup butter, softened
7 to 8 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 cup homemade evaporated milk
1 TBS pure vanilla extract


PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Butter three 9 inch cake pans and dust the inside with flour and tap out excess. Line the bottom of the pans with wax or parchment paper. Put the cake pans on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat for easy clean up.

Sift the dry ingredients together and set aside.

Beat the butter for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat another 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat thoroughly after each addition.

Start adding the flour mixture one cup at a time, and alternate with the milk; ending with the flour mixture. Add the vanilla, mix well and pour into prepared cake pans.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or when a knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Transfer to a rack and cool for 5 minutes, then run a knife around the sides of the cakes, unmold them and peel off the paper liners. Invert and cool to room temperature, right side up. (These cooled cakes may be wrapped airtight and stored at room temperature overnight or frozen for up to two months.)

Place the softened butter in a mixing bowl and beat with 1/2 of the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla and milk and mix well. Add another cup of powdered sugar 1 cup at a time until you reach the desired consistency to spread; you may not need all of the sugar specified. Beat until light and fluffy; spread on the cooled cake.

Have you ever heard of Amazon Mom? My cousin raves about it - says she gets great deals on diapers! Anything I can do to help my readers save money, I'm up for it.

French Vanilla Almond Cake Recipe

The French vanilla cake recipe (with almond flavoring) below is worth it's weight in gold and tastes just like a wedding cake. You can now make it at home and save money. It starts out with a basic vanilla cake mix and we "doctor it up" to taste amazing. Enjoy.

French Vanilla Almond Cake Recipe


1 box French vanilla cake mix
1 cup flour, sifted
1 cup white sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1-1/3 cups water
4 egg whites
1/8 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1-1/2 tsp pure almond extract (no imitation)
1 cup homemade sour cream


PREHEAT oven to 325 degrees, and grease/butter either two 8" or 9" cake pans - or even a 9x13 pan.

In a large mixing bowl, add first four ingredients in this recipe and make a well in the middle.

In a small bowl, mix the egg whites with the water and vegetable oil and add to the bowl. Mix for a few seconds and add the remaining ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes (time it) and pour into the prepared pan(s) a little more than half full.

Then drop the pans on the counter to bring the air bubbles to the top of the cake and pop most of the air bubbles in the batter.

Bake for approximately 36-40 minutes in a 9x13 pan. If you are using cake pans, check after 25 minutes or so, a jelly roll pan is approximately 22-24 minutes and cupcakes are 16-19 minutes.

Folks, these are estimates only because every oven is different so keep an eye on them and use a toothpick to check for doneness. It really tastes like it's a cake made from scratch, doesn't it?

You may use your own recipe for this cake, but mine is awesome - try it. Makes 3 cups.

The filling and roses were made using my Vanilla Whipped Cream Frosting.

French Vanilla Cake Recipe (with Almond extract) Variations:

Chocolate Cake:

Use a chocolate mix and substitute 3 WHOLE eggs instead of the egg whites.

Berry Cake:

Use frozen berries. Thaw and reserve the yummy juice and use this juice for part of the water in the recipe.

Lemon Cake:

Use 1 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/3 cup of water. Use 3 whole eggs instead of the egg whites. Use 1 TBS of fresh lemon zest and 1 tsp pure lemon extract instead of the almond extract.

I have more than a French Vanilla Cake recipe.  Please check out more of my favorites below:

Cake Frosting Recipes

Cake Filling Recipes

Easy Cake Recipes

Do You Have a Question, Recipe or Tip?

Do you have a great tip or recipe? Share it!

[ ? ]

Upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional)[ ? ]


Click here to upload more images (optional)

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

(You can preview and edit on the next page)

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

Falling flat 
Hello! LOVE this cake recipe, it's my go to for vanilla cake! My only question is that it doesn't seem like the cake is rising as much as I would expect …

French Vanilla Cake Recipe Not rated yet
So excited to try this. Will it make a difference if I use reg butter vs home made? thanks!!!

Click here to write your own.

Copyright 2015 ©
All Rights Reserved.

What's Trending Now

Easy Dessert Recipes 

Easy Dinner Recipes

Mexican Food Recipes

Easy Cake Recipes

Homemade Baked Ziti Recipe

Italian Food Recipes

Ramen Noodle Salad

Easy Salad Recipes

Homemade Spice Mix Recipes

Homemade Spice Mixes

Homemade Condiments

Grilled Chicken Recipes

Easy Chicken Recipes

Best Ham Glaze Recipe

Easter Holiday Recipes

I love this 3D Bunny Cake . Why have a regular rabbit cake when you can have a stand-up 3D bunny cake for Easter!

Fruit Dessert Pizza Recipe

Fruit Dessert Pizza

Appetizer Recipes

Homemade Spinach Dip Recipe

Easy Spinach Dip Recipe

Best Mexican Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe

Mexican Sopapilla Cheesecake

No Bake Cheesecake Recipe

Best No-Bake Cheesecake

Plexus Weight Loss Works!

If you CRAVE sweets and desperately want to quit AND lose weight, this program is for you!

Subscribe to Miss Homemade's favorite recipes

Raschell Rule (Miss Homemade)

Light the Grill!

Montreal Steak Seasoning

Juicy Grilled Steak

Grilling the Perfect Steak

Best Steak Marinades

Steak Rub Recipes

Chicken Marinade Recipes

Grilled Chicken Recipes

BBQ Chicken Recipes

Beer Can Grilled Chicken

Throughout the website, I offer "My Little Helper" which are items I use that simplify the task on hand.

Anything I can pass on to make you look good and the food even more impressive; I will.  Enjoy! is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License

All writing and photography copyright © 2009-2015 All Rights Reserved.