Vanilla layer cake

    1 hour

    This three-layer vanilla sponge cake is simple enough to make for last-minute celebrations but special and versatile enough to make for a wedding cake.


    Essex, England, UK
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    Makes: 1 (20cm) layer cake

    • 350g plain flour
    • 4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 4 egg whites
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 170g unsalted butter, softened
    • 350ml milk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:40min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:1hr 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease three 20cm (8 in) round cake tins and line the bottoms with baking parchment.
    2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together three times. Set aside.
    3. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until foamy. Add 100g of the sugar gradually, and continue beating only till soft peaks form.
    4. Beat butter until smooth. Gradually add remaining sugar, and cream together until fluffy. Add sifted ingredients alternately with milk a small amount at a time, beating after each addition until smooth. Mix in vanilla. Add egg whites, and fold in gently till no streaks of egg white remain. Divide the cake mixture evenly between the three prepared tins.
    5. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or till a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool slightly in tin, then remove to cool completely on wire racks before icing and decorating.


    Sifting ensures a lighter texture, so don't skip this step!


    Vanilla layer cake
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    Hi I'm going to make it.. can you please tell me how to make the icing as well. thanks  -  07 Oct 2015


    This will knock everyone's socks off!  -  16 Nov 2016  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)