Simple Vanilla Cake

Nothing like eating this plain, old Vanilla Cake. I made it yesterday after a long time of eating various other flavors. And this reminded me of the times I made cake as a kid with my mom. We didn't have any electric mixers - so I used to mix by hand. After every couple of minutes, I would ask my mom "Ho gaya kya? (Is it done?)", and my mom would come, see the softness and tell me to go on. Wow!!! Thinking about it now, I wonder how I did it and I think Technology is great:)

You can top this with any frosting of your choice - chocolate, strawberry, coconut, caramel - and a full fledged party cake is ready with no fuss. You can make layers with frosting in-between.


Preparation Time: 15-20 min
Waiting Time: 35-40 min
Makes: 1 9 X 13-inch cake or 2 8-inch rounds


2 cups Maida / All purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
a pinch of salt
3/4 cup Butter, softened
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Essense


  1. Mix flour, baking powder and salt well.
  2. Beat sugar and butter in a deep bowl till soft. Scrape bowl to beat everything properly. In a stand mixer, this takes about 3-4 min on medium speed.
  3. Add eggs one at a time beating continuously. After adding the final egg, beat for about 2-3 min.
  4. Add flour-baking powder-salt mixture to this slowly beating continuously.
  5. Add Vanilla essence.
  6. Pour the contents to a greased 9" by 13" baking dish.
  7. Bake at 350 F on center rack for about 35-40 min. A toothpick inserted in the cake should come out clean.
Thats my cake all ready to be eaten.


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