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Basic Vanilla Cake Batter

Prep time 20 mins
Yield Makes about 6 cups
This basic vanilla cake batter is the perfect beginning to beautiful cakes, cupcakes, and petits fours. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk

How to Make It

  1. Beat sugar and butter at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until yellow disappears after each addition. Beat in vanilla and almond extracts.

  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl; add to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at medium-low speed just until blended after each addition. (Batter will be thick.) Use immediately.

  3. Ultimate Vanilla Cake Batter: Substitute 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste for vanilla extract. Proceed with recipe as directed.

  4. Chocolate Cake Batter: Reduce cake flour to 2 cups. Proceed with recipe as directed in Step Whisk 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa into flour mixture in Step 2; proceed with recipe as directed. Beat 1/3 cup hot water into batter just until smooth.

Cook's Notes

Add an additional 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract if you do not have almond extract.