This 3 layer vanilla cake recipe that I found on Bigger Bolder Baking is absolutely amazing! Gemma Stafford shares loads of microwave meals and is considered the queen of microwave cooking, so when I decided to try out a microwave cake that was the first place I went to look. And who knew I could even make a cake, never mind cook it in the microwave. This is hands down my biggest baking success ever and my biggest microwave success too!
I am having so much fun with my new LG Neochef and in addition to cooking this awesome cake I am now making regular use of my microwave to cook most of my meals. Who would have thought!
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***Full Disclosure – LG gave me the LG Neochef Microwave for a review and this post is a sponsored post***
So why did I choose a cake for this recipe when I could have chosen any microwave recipe to share? Well the thing is that it is my son’s birthday zooming up on the 20th December and I have always wanted to be able to bake a cake for my kids for their birthdays. Maybe it is a strange thing to want, but I just want to have the ability to do that and I thought if I can get this right I can bake my son’s birthday cake this year.
It looks like this is going to be a reality and I am so excited about it.
I chose a vanilla cake because for both my kids birthday parties (yes my son has his party 3 weeks early every year so his friends are here) when I ordered their cakes because my daughter insisted she preferred vanilla and then my son copied her. So I thought I must make sure to be able to make a vanilla cake.
3 Layer Vanilla Cake Ingredients
- 2 ⅓ Cups Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- 1 ½ Cups Sugar
- ½ Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Melted Butter
- 2 Large Egs
- 2 Cups Buttermilk
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Essence
- ⅔ Cup of Sprinkles
- Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar and brown sugar together in a big bowl.
- Melt the butter in the microwave.
- Whisk the eggs, buttermilk and vanilla essence together until it is completely mixed.
- Add the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and stir it. Add in the butter and stir until it is completely mixed and there are no lumps.
- Add the sprinkles and stir gently until they are just mixed in, but don’t stir too much. You don’t want the colour of the sprinkles to mix into the batter.
- Pour the cake batter evenly into 3 silicone cake tins – make sure they are microwave safe!
- Microwave each cake – the time will depend on your microwave. The recipe I got this from said 2 ½ minutes for each cake but I found that my cakes weren’t done by then. I microwaved each cake in my LG Neochef for 4 ½ minutes.
- Leave each cake to cool completely before turning out of the cake tins.
- Turn each cake out once cooled and level the tops (which I never needed to do).
- Start icing your cake, ice a thin layer first, called the crumb layer. Then put the cake in the fridge to set the icing before adding another thicker layer of icing.
Vanilla Buttercream Icing
- 1 ½ Cups Butter (Room Temperature)
- 5 ⅔ Icing Sugar
- 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Essence
- 2 Tablespoons Milk or Cream
- Pinch Of Salt
- Beat the butter until it is creamy and lighter in colour – about 5 minutes.
- Slowly start adding the icing sugar while beating.
- Once all the icing sugar has been added, add the vanilla essence, salt and milk. Beat for another 3 minutes.
This icing is very sweet, next time I make it I will probably experiment with using a little more vanilla essence and less icing sugar. I also need to practice how to ice a cake neatly, but as this was my first ever attempt I won’t be too hard on myself!
For my son’s birthday on the 20th I am going to be making this cake and adding some blue food colouring to the icing – on his request he wants his cake blue! I also think that having the icing blue will offset the colour of the cake beautifully and make the layers stand out better. I’ll share some pictures after his birthday.