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




1 cup homemade unsalted butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs, room temperature
2-3/4 cups all purpose flour
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.
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.

French Vanilla Almond Cupcake

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.



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.



3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup shortening (I use Crisco)
4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp pure almond extract
2-3 ounces heavy whipping cream (depending on consistency)


Beat butter and shortening together until fluffy. Add sugar and 1/2 of the cream. Add salt, vanilla and almond extracts and enough of the cream to achieve the consistency you need. Beat until light and fluffy.



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


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


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.

You my use the above ingredient suggestions for a different version of my famous French vanilla cake recipe at the top of the page.

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