How To Make A Cake From Scratch


Learning how to make a cake from scratch can be easy with a good recipe and a watchful eye. These basic ingredients can be found in most kitchens, so it is easy to whip up a cake from scratch for an impromptu occasion. By using wholesome ingredients you control the quality of what goes into this favorite dessert. This recipe makes enough for a 9-by-13 inch cake pan or two round 8-inch cake pans that can be easily stacked and frosted.

Ingredients you will need:

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose or cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease the cake pan.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl, set aside.
  4. Blend until smooth: butter, sugar, vanilla extract and milk in a separate bowl.
  5. Break eggs in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
  6. Incorporate the eggs into the butter, sugar and milk mixture.
  7. Add in the dry ingredients and mix well. Use a hand mixer on medium setting or a hand whisk to make sure the cake mixture is smooth with no lumps.
  8. Pour the entire cake from scratch mixture into the greased cake pan with a rubber spatula. Split the mixture evenly when using two round cake pans. Gently tap the pan bottom on a hard surface to get rid of tiny air bubbles.
  9. Place on the center rack in a preheated oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes.
  10. Watch carefully and test by poking a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean, it is done.
  11. Place finished cake on a cooling rack for fifteen minutes before applying frosting.


  • Make sure baking powder is fresh. It can become rancid after six months.
  • Separate eggs in a separate bowl to make sure they are not “bad” and remove any broken shell pieces.
  • Allow at least twenty minutes for the oven to fully preheat.
  • Check for doneness at 30 minutes to prevent over baking.
  • Cake flour has a lower protein or gluten content. This will make the cake lighter and fluffier.
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