Boxed cakes are great, but they can never come close to competing with the homemade kind! There’s just something special about a treat made totally from scratch. That’s what you can find in this Vanilla Buttermilk Cake! Every ingredient found within this sweet, moist, vanilla cake comes straight from your pantry and could very easily be locally sourced for even more freshness! This golden beauty is covered in a creamy, rich vanilla frosting to ensure each slice is filled with pure delight. Mmmm! Vanilla Buttermilk Cake is the most delicious labor of love to ever be!

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For the cake:

  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 3 large whole eggs plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into pieces

For the glaze:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar


Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Step 2 –Grease a 9×13-inch glass pan.

Step 3 –In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour, the sugar, the salt, the baking powder, and the baking soda and whisk well.

Step 4 –In a large bowl, add 1 1/2 cups of the buttermilk, the whole eggs, the egg yolk, 2 teaspoons of the vanilla extract, and the vegetable oil and whisk together well.

Step 5 –With the stand mixer on medium speed, slowly add 1 cup of the butter pieces to the flour mixture and mix until it becomes crumbly and resembles sand.

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Step 6 –Add 1/2 the buttermilk mixture to the flour mixture and mix until it is just incorporated.

Step 7 –Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake the cake until it is golden-brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out with a few moist crumbs, about 45 minutes.

Step 8 –Place the cake on a wire rack to cool, about 15 minutes.

Step 9 –Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat.

Step 10 –Transfer the saucepan away from the heat.

Step 11 –Add the brown sugar, the remaining vanilla extract, and the remaining buttermilk to the melted butter and stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Step 12 –Add the confectioners’ sugar to the glaze mixture and stir well until any remaining clumps are dissolved.

Step 13 –Poke holes into the cake with a skewer, then pour the warm glaze over the top.

Step 14 –Let the cake sit, about 30 minutes.

Step 15 –Slice and serve.