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Mom's Favorite White Cake Recipe

Mom's Favorite White Cake Recipe

I received this recipe as part of a wedding gift. I have made it for a couple of summer gatherings with friends and most recently when my husband requested that I make it for his birthday. —Tricia Bryan, Bolivar, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:6 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla or white chips
  • 1 envelope whipped topping mix (Dream Whip)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons seedless strawberry jam
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup drained crushed pineapple


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Pour into two greased 6-in. round baking pans.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. In a microwave, melt vanilla chips; stir until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly. In a small bowl, combine topping mix and milk. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes or until thickened. Beat in jam and melted chips until blended. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes or until frosting achieves a spreading consistency.
  • 4. For filling, in a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup frosting with strawberries and pineapple. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with filling. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 502 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 314mg sodium, 79g carbohydrate (56g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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1bdan User ID: 383338 250547
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2016

"What kind of cake is this? It's basically a cupcake. I was very disappointed after spending time carefully following the recipe. The taste isn't all that great either. Not good."

aicenhour User ID: 4627743 248863
Reviewed May. 31, 2016

"I have been looking for a good homemade cake recipe for decorating cakes. This one is a good one! I used all purpose flour, taking out 1 tablespoon of flour out of each cup and substituting 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. cake held up well and tastes great. I reduced the oven temp to 325 because my oven is very hot."

x96817x User ID: 8562758 234222
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015


Okay so i have never made a cake from scratch before but i have to make 2 by this upcoming Monday, i would like to know if i could just make the cake in a 13x9 pan and not add the frosting or filling because im gonna cover it with buttercream icing"

stammick User ID: 7909189 229713
Reviewed Jul. 17, 2015

"This is now MY Favorite White cake. I doubled the recipe for two 10-inch round pans and made a homemade fudge frosting for my husband's birthday. He told me to make sure I don't lose the recipe. I was surprised to find that it cooked in only 19 minutes."

sstetzel User ID: 158954 228091
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"Diana check two things. The age of your baking powder and the temperature of your oven. Old baking powder will cause a cake to fall every time. Also, an inaccurate oven temperature will cause serious issues with the rise.

Sue Stetzel
Field Editor Manager"

DianaDecker User ID: 8418760 228081
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2015

"I made this cake twice and both times it collapsed. I followed the recipe completely and it still collapsed in the oven. Can anyone please help me figure out why this would happen. I really want to try it again but am scared it will collapse again please if u know what I am doing wrong please let me know. Thank you"

Dbellman User ID: 8055933 74994
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2014

"This is the best cake ever...we love it."

jeanjonesjean User ID: 7906812 100656
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2014

"I baked this in an 8 inch square cake pan for twenty minutes and it went well. Good cake; I will definitely make this again."

mrenda User ID: 5393618 94593
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2014

"This is a great cake! Very light and fluffy! I doubled it to make a 9x13 and added a tablespoon of lemon zest and a teaspoon of lemon juice to make a lemon cake. Wonderful! I am going to use this recipe for my sister-in-law's wedding cake."

Ranaboricua User ID: 7441981 116832
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2013

"Around 10 yrs ago my daughter found this recipe in a magazine and made this cake for me on Mother's Day. It became a family favorite. She recently relocated and I will now learn to make it myself. Is the best cake I've ever tasted!!!!!!"

headdy82 User ID: 7303840 162093
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2013

"I made this for my daughter's. Birthday. I had made four batter for a two tiered square cake. I doubled the recipe twice. I even baked them In glass baking dish. The cake came out awesome. It was moist and sweet. I made this cake with Wilton's buttercream icing recipe. I made a hello Kitty cake. I had nothing but great compliments on this cake. Kudos to the mom who blogged this recipe. This will be my go to recipe for now on. I love to bake and I am always looking for the best recipes. This is one for white cake.would recommends to everyone who is good at baking."

Kenadie User ID: 7254301 116831
Reviewed May. 7, 2013

"i loved it, it was so yummy i would make it 1,0000000 times more"

nmujillybean User ID: 2611048 167757
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2013

"I madethe recipe as written for the 6" cake and liked it so much that I used 2.5 times the recipe for a double-layer 8" cake. All the guests commented on how great the cake tasted. I made sure to let all ingredients come to room temp. before starting, I used only the egg yolks and cake flour per the recipe. I greased the pans and used a wax paper circle on the bottom. I also used a wet strip of newspaper wrapped in tinfoil to insulate around the pan and help it bake more evenly and avoid the "high middle, low sides" problem."

hotamale User ID: 2594355 74992
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2013

"There is something missing in the ingredient list for this cake. It turned out bitter, like baking powder and after taking it out of the oven, when it cooled off, it shrunk about 2 1/2 inches in height. This is definitely not a Taste of Home "Kitchen-Tested" Recipe. Might as well throw this one in the trash."

Cwedde User ID: 6768028 162245
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2012

"I used this exact recipe for cupcakes and they were the absolute BEST cupcakes I have ever made! Moist and flavorful, this recipe has become my new secret go-to recipe! :)"

licart User ID: 2677561 100655
Reviewed May. 9, 2012

"please include pan sizes and how to treat pans(lightly greased, lined in parchment or wax paper, etc) with the directions. I would substitute the crushed pineapple when making it."

astarbeyond User ID: 5709416 94246
Reviewed May. 9, 2012

"Using a 6" cake pan and following the recipe as is, this cake was wonderful and very pretty when finished. It was moist and delightful. If everyone would simply follow the recipe as stated they would be as delighted as others who actually follow recipes as printed. I will definitely make this recipe again and again...Love it!"

Ohio46 User ID: 6664480 146768
Reviewed May. 9, 2012

"Why the odd sized pan? Eight or nine inches is standard so I do not see why the measurements don't accomodate that."

sheribo User ID: 6679926 162923
Reviewed May. 7, 2012

"I have made this cake a few times, and each one turned out great. I would recommend not tweeking the recipe to fit your cake pans. You can find 6 inch cake pans easily on the internet and they are very inexpensive (and worth the purchase just to make this cake). This cake is moist, delicious and tender. Try it!"

micheleclow User ID: 6777152 74963
Reviewed May. 8, 2011

"I wasn't impressed with this cake at all. First of all, who has 6" cake pans? I increased it by 1/2 and used 9" pans, but the cake was a little dry on the inside. There are too many other recipes to try to make this one again."

misssixx User ID: 3683409 162092
Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"My cake didn't rise like the cake in the picture at all."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 147573
Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"White cake is a delicious cake that I thoroughly enjoy. The only change I'd make would be to cover it in strawberries, as I love strawberry shortcake and this cake would do just fine as one."

Linda222000 User ID: 4784765 146767
Reviewed May. 6, 2010

"Ican't eat strawberries so I used blueberries"

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