Vanilla Buttermilk Layer Cake

If you would like a cake with super tall layers, bake the cakes in 3 8x3-inch baking pans. If using the smaller pan, you may need to add an additional 5 to 8 minutes to the bake time.

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 9-inch round cake layers, 8 to 12 slices

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (374 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (397 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Special equipment:

Method

1 Heat the oven and prep the pans: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray 3 9x2-inch baking pans with nonstick spray (or butter and flour) and line the bottoms with parchment rounds.

2 Mix together the butter and dry ingredients (reverse cream): In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and Kosher salt on low speed with the paddle attachment (you can also use a hand mixer).

Add the softened butter and mix on medium speed until the butter is incorporated and the mixture becomes sandy in texture, about 30 to 45 seconds.

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Bake on a single rack in the center of the oven for 20 to 35 minutes -- begin checking at 20 minutes and continue baking until the cakes pull away from the sides, the top springs back when touched, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

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5 Cool the cakes: Set the cakes in the pans on wire racks and cool for 15 minutes. Turn the cakes out of the pans and allow to cool completely.