Simple Vanilla Cake Recipe

I’m sharing this simple Vanilla Cake recipe that I was trying out for a mini-cake size.

It’s also one I use when doing a half Kg cake recipe.


Ingredients required:

  • All – Purpose Flour   – 163 gms
  • Baking Powder         – 4 gms
  • Sugar                          – 75 gms
  • Margarine                 – 80 gms
  • Vanilla Essence        – 7 ml (1/2 Tbspn)
  • Eggs                           – 2 pcs
  • Milk                           – 50 to 100 ml


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C or 350°F. Grease and flour a round 6 inch mini cake pan and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, measure and sift the flour and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, measure the margarine and sugar. Then in a small bowl, break the two eggs and vanilla essence and beat them together.
  4. Cream the sugar and margarine until white for about 3 to 5 minutes. Pour in the egg mixture and beat for about a minute until well incorporated. Add half the dry ingredients and fold them in with a spatula. Then add the remaining half of the dry ingredients and fold them in while gradually adding the milk. Ensure your batter is smooth and has a drop consistency.
  5. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and place in the middle rack of your pre-heated oven.
  6. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a clean knife or skewer inserted comes out clean.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the pan for about 20 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and let it cool completely on a cooling rack or tray. Your cake is now ready for frosting.

You can frost your cake as shown below if you would like. For directions on how to assemble and frost it, click here.

Your cake is ready to eat!
Your cake is ready to eat!

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Baking with Amari offers learning experiences to those who want to experience & know what Bakers & Cake Decorators do in a practical, hands-on settting. We train our students using Cookswell original charcoal ovens. We also offer basic business start-up training for those who want to start small baking businesses. We do groups vocational training anywhere in East Africa as well. We hold classes in our home-based bakery workshop located on Ndwaru road in Riruta, Nairobi; off Naivasha road, next to Pelida School.

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