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Best Vanilla Cake with Buttercream Frosting

Classic Vanilla Cake with buttercream frosting decorated with coconut shavings and chocolate covered acai and blueberries
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 1 KG
Author Chhavi


  • unsalted cooking butter 1 cup i used amul at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cup granulated Sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 ½ cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups all purpose flour maida
  • 1 tablespoon Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Coconut shavings
  • nutties or Chocolate

Vanilla Buttercream

  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1-2 teaspoon milk
  • 1-2 drops of color i used this gel color



  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  • Cream/whisk together the butter and sugar till fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs one at a time.
  • In a bowl mix the flour,salt,baking powder and baking soda together and mix well.
  • Add the ⅓ of the dry mixture and mix well.Add ½ the buttermilk.Add the ⅓ flour mixture.Add the rest of the buttermilk followed by rest of the flour mixture.
  • Combine well but do not over whisk the batter.
  • Distribute the batter in two prepared 19 cm baking pans.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes till the skewer inserted inside comes out clean.


  • In a bowl hand mix the icing sugar and the butter.
  • Whisk the mixture with hand

How to frost

  • Let the cake cool completely.
  • Use the buttercream when it is at room temperature.Cold buttercream will not spread well.
  • Put two teaspoon of buttercream under the cake, on the surface you will use to keep under the cake.Be it a cake base or a plate so that the cake doesn't move when you decorate it.
  • Coat the cake with a light layer of buttercream first.This is the most important step.Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Now generously coat the cake with second layer of frosting.Stick the coconut shavings and nutties or acai berry coated chocolate.
  • Pipe flowers on top using a piping bag and the flower piping nozzle.Grate chocolate over the flowers.


If the cake looks too brown but is not cooked cover it with aluminium foil and bake for another 10 minutes and check again.
I used two different sized pans.You can experiment with the shapes and sizes.
Buttermilk-I added one cup of curd and half a cup of water to make the buttermilk.