Vanilla Wedding Cake

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Author Notes: This 19th-century classic is the mother of so many American cakes.   If you have only one cake recipe in your repertoire, this should be itVeggiesByCandlelight

Serves 16


  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter- room temp
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 large egg whites (could omit and use 4 eggs above)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk

Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar (1# box)
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk
  1. CAKE
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 with rack in the center.
  3. Butter and flour pans.
  4. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar until well blended.
  5. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well...scrape down bowl and beater to make sure all is mixed before next addition
  6. With mixer on lowest speed, alternately add flour mixture and milk. Scrape down again and beat until thoroughly incorporated.
  7. Divide mixture into pans and bake for 30-40 minutes (will take less time if using white all-purpose flour in place of whole wheat) until a toothpick comes out of center clean. Cool on a wire rack in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Cream butter. Add vanilla and mix well. With mixer on medium speed, slowly add 4 cups confectioners' sugar.
  10. After all has been incorporated, add 2 TBS. milk. check for desired consistency and add a bit more milk as needed.
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5 months ago Lori Harris

At step 7 when the butter cream recipe begins there are no directions for adding the butter or the vanilla. Creaming the butter should be the beginning step.


5 months ago VeggiesByCandlelight

Thanks so much Lori .. correction made!


9 months ago VeggiesByCandlelight

Thank-you so much for your note .. I didn't realize I missed an ingredient!
(1 cup, unsalted butter at room temp)


9 months ago Richard

Thank you!!


9 months ago Richard

How much butter is in the cake recipe? I don't see it listed in the ingredients. Thanks.