Easy Vanilla Cake

This recipe happened sort of by accident recently and has become my go-to easy vanilla cake recipe; I’d started making a chocolate cake and once I’d put in the flour and sugar in a bowl together I realised I didn’t have any coco, so I improvised and the result was glorious. It is a toss together, quick and easy, basic, simple but sweet and a perfect texture for cutting into shape for birthday cakes or as a base for colouring for a rainbow or “tie-dye” cake.

It does have a lot of sugar, so this is a treat cake not an every-day cake.


  • 2 cups of self raising flour
  • 1.5 cups of sugar
  • 250mls of milk
  • 125mls of oil (I used a light olive oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla essence (depending on how vanillary you want it)


1. Preheat oven to 180 deg

2. Sift flour and sugar together into a large mixing bowl.


3. Add milk, oil, eggs and vanilla.


4. Mix with a hand held mixer (or in a food processor) for 2-3 minutes until the mixture thickens a little. *


5. Pour into a prepared baking tin. It makes quite a big batch, you could divide it into two cake tins for layering and this will cook a lot quicker. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the middle springs back when pressed, or when you poke a knife in it comes out cleanly. Keep an eye on it towards the end of cooking, it does go from perfectly cooked – to over cooked – pretty fast.

6. Remove from tin and allow to cool and ice or decorate as desired.



(Some crushed up easter eggs sprinkled on top)

*to make an easy rainbow cake divide mixture into 6 bowls, add food colouring, and pour colours into the tin one by one starting with red through to purple (I confused myself and made my rainbow upside down – oops)


Also the cake does rise up a fair bit, but if you want a flat surface it’s beautiful to cut, even while still hot.

Rachel Stewart

Rachel is the founder of Parenting Central. She is raising two children, boy and girl, with her partner. Rachel is obsessed prams, car seats, carriers and all things baby. She has worked in the baby industry for several years, for both suppliers and also in a retail setting and has developed a passion for connecting parents with the right products to make their lives easier. When Rachel isn't playing with prams she's enjoys crocheting, drinking coffee (sometimes wine) and spending a little too much time on Facebook.

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