The Best Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting

The Best Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting

The classic vanilla cake, yellow cake, birthday cake (whatever you wanna call it) done right. It’s soft, fluffy, vanilla-y, and chocolate-y! Simple and perfect.

4 complete two-layer vanilla cakes with chocolate buttercream frosting in 5 days. I baked them, I big-time scarfed taste-tested them, and then I had enough of them… for a month.

But alas, the cake still wasn’t exactly the way I wanted it to be.

One of the things I love about cooking is that you can feel as you go along (typically), but with baking you really do need to stick to a single method and follow through until the end before you can see if it’s a hit, a miss, or something in between. I prefer cooking because it allows me to be creative and plus, my day job is basically baking. I mean, it’s scientific research if I gotta be exact but troubleshooting is troubleshooting. Change one variable and wait to see what the outcome is only after putting in your blood, sweat, and tears.


  • ½ cup Butter (1 stick), softened to room temp
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 2 ¼ cups Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs, room temperature
  • 2 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder (I prefer to use aluminum-free baking powder)
  • 1 cup Buttermilk, room temperature
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 ¾ sticks Butter, softened to room temperature
  • 5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • ¾ cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • ½ cup Whole Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
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