Vanilla Wedding Cake

April 13, 2014
2 Ratings
  • Serves 16
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 it —VeggiesByCandlelight

What You'll Need
  • Cake
  • 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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8 Reviews

poornima P. August 15, 2021
I m trying to make a three tiered cake for the first time.. can you please say how many cups of batter this recipe would make? It would be most helpful. Thanks.
David W. October 20, 2019
I have an issue and that is the cake is not white (because of the flour). Can I use all-purpose flour instead? Or should I keep with the whole wheat flour?
Rakhi M. March 2, 2018
Can you please help with some guidance on the decoration ? It looks simple but elegant, something I would like to follow. Thanks. Rakhi
Lori H. October 21, 2014
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.
VeggiesByCandlelight October 23, 2014
Thanks so much Lori .. correction made!
Thank-you so much for your note .. I didn't realize I missed an ingredient!
(1 cup, unsalted butter at room temp)
Richard June 23, 2014
Thank you!!
Richard June 20, 2014
How much butter is in the cake recipe? I don't see it listed in the ingredients. Thanks.