The Best Moist Vanilla White Layer Cake /How To Make A Homemade Birthday Cake

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Mar. 07, 2017

Now make birthdays even more special by baking the cake at your home.


All purpose flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Baking powder 3 Teaspoon
Salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Unsalted butter 18 Tablespoon ((room temperature))
Granulated sugar 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Egg whites 6 ((room temperature))
Pure vanilla extract 2 1/2 Teaspoon
Sour cream 3/4 Cup (12 tbs) ((room temperature))
Half and half 3/4 Cup (12 tbs) ((room temperature))
Unsalted butter 1 Cup (16 tbs) ((for frosting))
Cream cheese 32 Ounce ((for frosting))
Powdered sugar 4 Cup (64 tbs) ((for frosting))
Pure vanilla extract 3 Teaspoon ((for frosting))



1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

2. Make the cream cheese frosting. Set aside.

3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.


4. Using a large bowl and a hand mixer, or a stand mixer, combine and beat the butter and sugar together until its fluffy, about 3 minutes or so.

5. Add the egg whites 2 at a time making sure they are well combined before adding the next addition.

6. Stop mixing and use a spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl. Mix in the vanilla extract and sour cream. Alternately add the flour mixture with the half and half, beginning and ending with flour.

7. Butter and flour two 9 inch cake pans. Divide the batter evenly into each pan, about 3 cups each.

8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35 minutes. To ensure the cakes are done, insert a toothpick and if it comes out clean, they are done.

9. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan for about 5 minutes and then invert them onto a cooling rack.

10. Allow the cakes to cool for at least an hour before frosting.

For Cream Cheese Frosting:

11. In a large bowl, mix the butter until smooth. Add the cream cheese and continue to mix until both are well combined.

12. Add the vanilla extract. Gradually add and mix in the powdered sugar. Once the mixture is smooth it is ready to use.

13. Leftover frosting can be stored in an airtight container and placed in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Note: If this cake is made the day before an event place it in a covered airtight cake holder and refrigerator overnight due to the frosting being made with cream cheese. Take it out of the refrigerator at least 2 hours before service so it can come down to room temperature. If it is made on the same day of service, the cake can remain at room temperature until service.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Ready In: 40 Minutes
Servings: 6

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1975Calories from Fat 1127

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 128 g196.9%

Saturated Fat 77 g385%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 938 mg39.08%

Total Carbohydrates 192 g64%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 154 g

Protein 19 g38%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet