Simple Vanilla Cake (One Bowl & No Electric Mixer)

This Simple Vanilla Cake is a delightful treat that requires just 6 ingredients and one bowl. No electric mixer needed! Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or craving a last-minute dessert, this novice-friendly recipe will have you baking a classic vanilla cake in no time. Plus, it stays fresh and flavorful for several days.


  • Plain flour (all-purpose flour): This versatile flour creates a soft and crumbly cake. Check the package instructions for the best flour-to-liquid ratio based on the brand you’re using. You can also use cake flour for a fluffier texture.
  • Baking powder: Essential for a nicely risen, soft, and fluffy cake. Avoid substituting with baking soda.
  • Caster sugar (superfine sugar): Lighter and dissolves easily. Granulated sugar works too.
  • Butter: Adds moisture and delicate flavor. Use melted or softened butter at room temperature.
  • Milk: Provides tenderness and a moist mouthfeel. Dairy-free milk alternatives like almond, oat, or soy milk work well.
  • Vanilla extract: Infuses the cake with that classic vanilla flavor.


  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (355°F) or 160°C (320°F) for a convection oven. Grease and line a 20 cm (8 inches) round cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Sift together plain flour and baking powder in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the caster sugar until well incorporated.
  3. Add the melted butter, followed by the milk and vanilla extract. Mix everything together until you have a smooth batter.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and spread it evenly.
  5. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the tin for a few minutes. Then transfer it to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Decorate as desired: Frost with your favorite icing, dust with powdered sugar, or serve with whipped cream and fresh berries.

Tips and Variations

  • Zest it up: Add lemon or orange zest to the batter for extra flavor.
  • Frosting options: Top with buttercream, cream cheese frosting, or a simple glaze.
  • Layer it: Slice the cake horizontally and add a layer of jam or fruit compote between the layers.
  • Get creative: Decorate with sprinkles, edible flowers, or chocolate shavings.

This Simple Vanilla Cake is a blank canvas waiting for your personal touch. Enjoy it for birthdays, afternoon tea, or any sweet occasion. Bon appétit! 🍰

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