Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting

Total Time:
3 hr 10 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
2 hr
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Cake:
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened, plus more for the baking dish
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • Frosting:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh strawberries, blueberries or raspberries, for serving, optional
Directions
  • For the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.

  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

  • Combine the butter, oil and granulated sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla and vinegar.

  • Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with the milk, beating on low speed until just incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.

  • Transfer the batter to the prepared baking dish, spreading and smoothing the top with an offset spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. Cool the cake completely on a wire rack.

  • For the frosting: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until soft and fluffy. With the mixer on low speed, add the confectioners' sugar 1/2 cup at a time, beating until smooth, then beat in the vanilla.

  • Spoon the frosting onto the cooled cake and spread it evenly with an offset spatula. Garnish with fresh berries if using. Cut the cake into squares and serve.


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