Vanilla Cake

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: two 9-inch layer cakes
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1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus more for the pans

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for the pans

2 tablespoons cornstarch

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups whole milk, at room temperature

1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 2/3 cups sugar

4 large eggs, at room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Oil the bottom and sides of two 9-by-2-inch round cake pans. Flour the pans and tap out the excess.
  2. Whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Combine the milk, vinegar and vanilla in a small bowl.
  3. Beat the butter, oil and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, 5 to 7 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time; beat until thick, 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to medium low; beat in the flour mixture in three batches, alternating with the milk mixture. Beat just until smooth, then finish mixing with a rubber spatula. Divide the batter between the pans.
  4. Bake the cakes until lightly browned and the centers spring back when lightly pressed, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool 15 minutes in the pans. Loosen the edges with a knife and turn out the cakes onto the rack; let cool completely.

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