Jul 5, 2020

Quick & Easy Vanilla Cake

Easy Vanilla Wacky CakeBy popular demand, here is the vanilla version of my hugely popular quick & easy chocolate cake. As simple as the recipe is, it was not easy to get it right. I finally came up with a version that always turns out for me. I know it has a lot of sugar but every time I tried to use less, it did not turn out. With this “wacky” style cake, the sugar is needed for structure.

I also tried different pans, a square 8 x 8 pan and a round 8-inch pan, and was disappointed in both results. A 9-inch pan was the perfect size for a consistent cake. I suggest sticking with the recipe as written and you won’t be disappointed. It’s a light and delicious homemade cake that anyone can make, even amateur cooks. During the coronavirus quarantine, it’s good to have a dessert that does not use eggs, or even butter except for the frosting.

2 Minute Vanilla FrostingI’ve also just posted my new 2-minute vanilla frosting, made with just 2 tablespoons of butter, although this cake is really good with chocolate frosting too. I usually cool the cake in the pan and only frost the top.

If you plan to remove the cake to a platter, I suggest greasing the pan and lining the bottom with parchment paper. You can buy packages of parchment paper rounds or cut our own. I hope everybody likes this simple yet delicious cake and I’ll be waiting for the first photo! Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

18 Comments on "Quick & Easy Vanilla Cake"

  1. Tom In Las Vegas

    I am so glad to see you posting again. ALL of your recipes are perfect and continue to make them. This one tonight for certain!

  2. Lillette

    Can I add lemon juice instead of vanilla.

  3. Gloria

    Hi Jenny, Will be making this cake soon, probably with my grandson who lives next door. I’m not cooking much right now as I had knee replacement surgery a week ago – ouch! Seeing your photos and reading the blog is a happy part of my day. Thanks!

  4. Terri

    Can u double the recipe to put in a 9×13

  5. Olivia

    Hi Jenny,
    This recipe sounds amazing! One question though not regarding the recipe, do you still upload new YouTube videos?

  6. MARIA

    JENNY CAN COOK, THANK YOU , THANK YOU THAT VANILLA CAKE WAS ESPECTACULAR:) AS MUCH AS YOU CHOCOLATE CAKE:) YOY ARE WANDERFUL:)

  7. JIL2

    YOU STATED THAT YOU WERE “DISAPPOINTED IN BOTH RESULTS” WHEN HAVING USED BOTH THE 8″ ROUND AND 8″ SQUARE BAKING PANS. WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED TO CAUSE THE DISAPPOINTMENTS?
    I DO NOT HAVE A 9″ PAN OF ANY SHAPE AND SINCE I LIVE ALONE AND SELDOM ENTERTAIN, WOULD RATHER NOT GO BUY ONE JUST FOR THIS RECIPE. THANK YOU.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      In both the 8-inch pans, the cake was sticky and dense inside and not really edible.

  8. Brenda

    Yummy easy cake thank you

  9. Francoise

    I’m going to try your “wacky” vanilla cake but, question: distilled vinegar?
    Is this something to purchase? Or what should I do to the vinegar I have? It’s a first for me! Thanks.

    • Beth B

      If you have regular stinky vinegar, chances are that it is distilled. It’s not a wine vinegar or a cider vinegar.

  10. Sheila

    I just want to let you know how much I appreciate your efforts in creating the perfect vanilla cake for us. Have a great week.

  11. Connie

    I would love to see you do some more videos. I always enjoyed watching your videos, too.

    I hope you are doing well.

  12. Cynthia L. Buda

    Jenny,

    You are the same as when we watched you on your show in Chicago. You are honest, truthful, and you have love in your heart. It comes through on this website and in your recipes. Thank you for being such a good person that we need in this world right now. Can’t wait to try this!

    Sincerely & with Warm Regards,

    Cindy

  13. Dorothy McCarthy

    I just love all of your recipes, they’re easy to follow and they come out great. I have made your no kneed bread many times. I have told many people about you even my anesthesiologists before I went under for shoulder surgery, you are the greatest, Dorothy

    • Debbie in California

      Oh. I love seeing the sweet messages to Jenny. I feel protective of her when people send annoying comments.
      I have to say, this is one of the cutest comments I’ve ever seen on any blog.
      I can just see your anesthesiologist and the rest of the team smiling as you shared your adoration for Jenny. ( Hope your shoulder is on the mend!)

    • ❤️ Jenny Can Cook ❤️

      I thought the same thing. How sweet, Dorothy, that you were thinking about bread at a time like that. It must have made the doctors hungry for a sandwich. I hope there were no crumbs on your gown in the recovery room. 😍

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