Basic vanilla buttercake

The simple things are often the best.

  • 1 hr 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 12
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A good basic, light cake that is perfect as a base for kids' birthday cakes. It is also nice plain or with cream and berries.
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Basic vanilla buttercake
  • 250 grams butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups (275g) caster sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2¼ cups (335g) self-raising flour
  • ¼ cup (35g) plain flour
  • ¾ cup (180ml) milk
  • 2 teaspoons icing sugar


Basic vanilla buttercake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease a deep 20cm (8-inch) square cake pan; line base and sides with baking paper.
  • 2
    Beat butter, extract and sugar in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Stir in sifted flours and milk, in two batches. Spread mixture into pan; smooth surface.
  • 3
    Bake cake for 1 hour. Leave cake in pan for 5 minutes before turning, top-side up, onto a wire rack to cool. Dust with sifted icing sugar before serving.


You can also use a 22cm round cake pan for this recipe.This cake will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days. It can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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