the Best White Cake recipe

homemade white cake recipe is the best, simplest homemade white cake. |

After seeing the success that our homemade chocolate cake recipe has had and how much you all love it I realized that that my best white cake recipe could be something that you would find valuable as well. Having a chocolate cake or white cake recipe that you KNOW will produce a fantastic cake makes life so much simpler. It might take a bit longer to make these homemade cake recipes than a box mix, but it certainly is better for you to use REAL ingredients. And, there is something so satisfying to make a cake from a similar recipe as Grandma did, back in the day. Put a bit of music on, pour a glass of wine, and get baking. Truly, you’ll be feeding your soul!

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Classic cakes like chocolate cake, white cake, carrot cake, and pound cakes never go out of style. Especially really, really good cake recipes like grandma used to make!

the easiest, most basic homemade white cake

homemade white cake recipe that is as easy and basic as it gets! |

Tips to a perfect white cake:

  1. Use room temperature buttermilk and egg whites.
    Don’t skip this. It makes a huge difference!! Just set your buttermilk and whites on the counter a few hours before you intend to start.
  2. Using shortening keeps your cake white in color.
    But don’t be afraid to use butter! The flavor is better. Just be sure your butter is softened a bit.
  3. Spray & flour your pans.
    There is nothing worse than cake that sticks to the pan. Especially when making layer cakes. Of course, if you are making a 9 by 13 cake there is no need to worry about this step as much as if you are attempting a layer cake. You can even pick up cooking spray that is made just for baking and has flour right in it…easy peasy!
  4. Use clear vanilla concentrate, if possible.
    Again, this does nothing for the flavor…only the color. And don’t be afraid to try almond extract….yum!
  5. Use good flour.  We used Bob’s Red Mill.  It’s organic and incredibly versatile.  And it is the same high protein flour used by professional bakers and produces high, well-textured loaves of bread equally as well as it produces light, airy baked goods.
  6. Make your own buttermilk, easy-peasy…
    1 cup of regular milk
    1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
    Stir together and let sit 10 minutes…buttermilk!

This homemade white cake recipe that the best it gets. And delicious! |

I’m a big fan of tried and true recipes, and this white cake is one of them. I can imagine a family back in “the day” sitting about talking and laughing around this very same cake. That makes me feel like I have a small touch of the “way it was” in my kitchen. Granted, I am making this cake with my fantastic oven, mixer, and fancy pants tools. But still. I still have a bit of nostalgia for recipes like this.

If you are looking for a simple technique for frosting a cake, I created a quick video. I highly recommend an angled spatula for frosting, but an icing smoother(like what you’ll see in most of this video) is also great!


4.31 from 13 votes

Homemade White Cake

This is the best white cake! Easy to make and turns out great every time!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword white cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 287 kcal


  • 4 egg whites let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla I use clear
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk see post for easy way to make your own


  1. Grease & flour pans (1 - 9 by 13 or 2 - 9 inch round).
  2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Beat shortening with an electric mixer for about 30 seconds on medium speed in large bowl.
  4. Add sugar and vanilla. Beat until combined.
  5. Add egg whites and beat for about 30 seconds.
  6. Add flour mixture and buttermilk. Beat until combined.
  7. Beat on high for an additional 30 seconds.
  8. Spread batter into the pan (s)
  9. Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes (30-35 for 9 by 13 pan).
Nutrition Facts
Homemade White Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Potassium 108mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Sugars 30g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 0.9%
Calcium 4.8%
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


homemade white cake recipe is the best, simplest homemade white cake. |
5 from 3 votes

simple White frosting

This is a simple white frosting that works perfectly with our easy white cake!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword white frosting
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 9 by 13 cake
Calories 2238 kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Beat the butter until creamy.

  2. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, while beating.

  3. Add vanilla.

  4. Add the milk until desired consistency (you may want to add additional milk)

Recipe Notes

Use as pale of butter as you can find to keep the frosting white in color.


Nutrition Facts
simple White frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2238 Calories from Fat 837
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 93g 143%
Saturated Fat 58g 290%
Cholesterol 247mg 82%
Sodium 830mg 35%
Potassium 39mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 360g 120%
Sugars 353g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 56.7%
Calcium 6.1%
Iron 1.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Anonymous
    May 10, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    Hey, in the icing recipe you’ve listed almond extract, but in the instructions it’s vanilla. I’m guessing vanilla is the correct ingredient?? :)

    • Nellie
      May 11, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      Either. Vanilla is traditional but I like to use Almond for a fun twist.

  2. Liana S.
    March 7, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    Hi, I have tried this recipe for my y son’s birthday . I paired it with speculoos butter cream instead. Everyone love them! Thinking of doing them again but I do not have shortening at home now! If I use butter would it be 1/2 a cup too?

  3. Peggy
    August 11, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Hi I made this white cake gluten free and it turned out fantastic. I used my gluten free converter chart and made this cake using Bob Mills white rice flour. I also added a 1/2 teaspoons Xanthma gum. Followed everything else according to your recipe. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    • Nellie
      August 14, 2017 / 9:17 am

      So glad to hear it! And thanks for the tips on turning it gluten-free. I know there are many readers that will appreciate it!

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