Classic Vanilla Bean White Layer Cake with hints of Lavender
This Classic Vanilla Bean White Layer Cake is a fluffy, soft and reliable cake recipe you need in your recipe box!
Happy Monday!! I have another one of my favorite classic recipes for you today! There is a reason why a vanilla birthday cake never goes out of style. It’s everything you want in a birthday cake; soft, fluffy, sweet and filled with sprinkles!! It’s is a timeless classic and every home baker needs a good recipe to call upon.
This one here today is my go-to for a vanilla bean white layer cake! Despite the fact that half of my family always asks for chocolate cake for their birthdays, I make this for most other occasions. It is easy to whip up, add on seasonal flavors (lemon, coconut, mint, eggnog etc) and even decorate.
The key to a good classic vanilla cake is the quality of the ingredients you use and the method you use to combine these ingredients. I love the reverse-creaming method for a soft, fluffy white cake. Instead of creaming butter + sugar to start, you mix the dry ingredients and add the butter to start. The butter gets cut into small pieces and is aerated. Using egg whites and cake flour also makes this cake one of the lightest you will enjoy. Beyond these, the vanilla extract you use is also important. A great vanilla extract makes a big different in the flavor of your cake.
A few months ago I went to a blogger conference in Orlando, Food Blog Forum, where I was gifted a small bottle of Rodelle Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract in my goodie bag. I was excited to try it out as I am a snob when it comes to vanilla extract and butter in making a good cake. I tested Rodelle’s vanilla extract immediately when I got home in this Irish Cream Cheesecake and I could instantly taste the difference the vanilla extract made in the recipe.
Naturally, I wanted more than my sample bottle so I reached out to the good folks at Rodelle who were happy to send me a few other samples of their products. The rest is history as I am not baking any cakes without them! I used their all-natural Vanilla Bean Paste to enhance the vanilla flavor in this cake and I just love the vanilla speckles that dote the cake.
So my friends, if you are looking for a classic vanilla bean white layer cake for your recipe arsenal, look no further than this cake!! I did add some hints of floral lavender in the recipe below, just because it’s spring but feel free to leave that out. The lavender is optional, so feel free to leave it out of the recipe. You can cut the recipe in half for a 6-inch cake. Make sure you adjust the baking times accordingly if you do. Cake recipe adapted from Test Kitchen.
For the Frosting:
To make frosting:
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The lavender is optional, so feel free to leave it out of the recipe. You can cut the recipe in half for a 6-inch cake. Make sure you adjust the baking times accordingly if you do. Cake recipe adapted from Test Kitchen.