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3 layer vanilla smash cake with vanilla buttercream filling.
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Small Vanilla Cake

This recipe is perfect for when you only need a little cake! This vanilla cake is full of vanilla flavor and uses simple, everyday ingredients. This recipe yields 12 cupcakes, one 8x8 cake, or 1 round cake.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 small cake
Author Karli Bitner


  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Stir the sugar into the melted butter. The sugar should cool the butter down to room temperature.
  • Add in the eggs and vanilla. Whisk well.
  • Whisk in the flour, baking powder and milk. Whisk until no lumps remain.
  • Bake in a well greased pan at 350° for 15-20 minutes, depending on the pan. Pull out of the oven when a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before removing from pan or frosting.
  • For Smash Cake assembly instructions, see post above.