Simple White Cake


This simple cake recipe was sent home from our children's school. It is the easiest, best-tasting cake I've ever made. It's great to make with the kids, especially for cupcakes. Use your favorite frosting on top of this delicious cake.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
1 9-inch square cake


  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¾ teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ cup milk


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    Overhead of white cake ingredients in various bowls and measuring cups.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9-inch square cake pan.

  3. Cream sugar and butter together in a mixing bowl. Add eggs, one at a time, beating briefly after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

    High angle of cake batter being mixed in a standing mixer with milk and flour in bowls off to the side.

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  4. Combine flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Add to the wet ingredients and mix well. Add milk and stir until smooth.

    Flour being added to a cake batter in a standing mixer.

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    Overhead of a creamy cake batter in a bowl.

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  5. Pour batter into the prepared cake pan.

    Overhead of a cake batter in a cake pan.

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  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the top springs back when lightly touched, 30 to 40 minutes.

    Overhead of a baked white cake in a cake pan.

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  7. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

  8. Enjoy!

    a close up, low angle view on a square of simple white cake frosted with white icing and served on a turquoise plate.



A 10-inch round pan will produce similar results. To make cupcakes, line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Divide batter evenly among the prepared muffin cups, and bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

209 Calories
9g Fat
29g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 142mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 3g
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 47mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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