Vanilla has come to describe something that is bland, but this cake will make you reconsider the lowly vanilla cake. Promise!

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The Best Vanilla Cake Ever

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  • Author: Liz Sloan
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups of batter 1x



1 box white cake mix

1 cup flour

1 cup white sugar

¾ teaspoon salt

1 1/3 cup water

2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sour cream

4 large egg whites


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 

Prepare your cake pan(s) by greasing with butter and dusting with flour. This will make two full height 6” cake layers, two medium height 8” cakes or one 10” layer.

In a large bowl, whisk together cake mix, flour, sugar and salt. Add remaining ingredients and beat with a mixer for 2 minutes, or until well blended.

Scoop batter into prepared cake pan(s) filling each about ¾ full. Bake for approximately 45-55 minutes for two 8” cakes in the same oven. Adjust time depending on cake pan sizes. 

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