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Basic White Layer Cake

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Makes

16 servings

Every recipe file should contain a standard delicious cake like this. Topped with your favorite flavor of frosting, it's great for any occasion.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Greendale, Wisconsin
Basic White Layer Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/3 cups buttermilk
  • 2-1/2 cups frosting of your choice

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour two 9-in. round baking pans. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Transfer to prepared pans.
  2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Spread frosting between layers and over the top and sides of cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 370 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 292mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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