Our Best Vanilla Cakes and Cupcakes

Vanilla cakes and cupcakes, including simple plain white cakes and cupcakes, as well as more upscale versions such as a cozy rum-infused variation, make irresistible desserts everyone will love. Plus, we fill you in on darling ways to dress up these classic treats!

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    Classic Vanilla Cake

    Forget glitzy sprinkles and elaborate icings. Simplicity is best when it comes to classic vanilla cake. Cover the nostalgic dessert in swirls of pure white frosting made with a special ingredient: sour cream.

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    Simple White Cupcakes with Creamy Frosting

    Simply classic, these tender vanilla cupcakes are ready to be dressed up with a swirl of creamy frosting and your favorite toppers.

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    Cherry-Almond Vanilla Cupcakes

    The mellow flavor of vanilla partners with rich almond extract and tart cherry juice in these dreamy pink desserts. Hide a maraschino cherry in the center of each cupcake for a sweet surprise.

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    Vanilla Sparkling Wine Pound Cake

    Make tea time sweeter with a slice of this luscious vanilla pound cake. We add a splash of sparkling wine to its special homemade glaze to give the cake some crisp flavor.

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    Vanilla Ruffle Cake

    When it comes to pretty vanilla cakes, ruffles never go out of style. Use a frosting-filled pastry bag to pipe adorable pink ruffles onto this plain Jane cake. Watch here for tips and tricks on how to decorate!

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    Buttercakes with Sour Cream Frosting

    Sour cream frosting makes a luscious topper for cupcakes that get their moist texture from buttermilk. A filling of strawberry jam makes for a sweet surprise.

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    Raspberry and Vanilla Stack Cake

    Tart raspberries and sweet vanilla bean paste offer delightful contrasting tastes for your dessert tray. We combine the two favorites in this jelly-filled stack cake, perfect for potlucks and summer parties.

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    Black-and-White Irish Cream Cupcakes

    Irish cream liqueur is stirred into the batter, while ganache frosting and white icing lend a mellow richness to these dark chocolate-vanilla combo cupcakes. Use a toothpick to make the impressive swirls.

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    Sprinkle-Me-Happy Cake

    The surprise ingredient in this sprinkle-covered vanilla cake? Sweet potatoes! The earthy root veggie helps keep the cake extra moist, while bananas and pineapple add natural sweetness.

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    Plain Jane Lets Loose Cupcakes

    Add a splash of chocolate liqueur to fluffy white frosting to take these vanilla cupcakes from simple to sensational. Add raspberries or blackberries for an oh-so-cute topper.

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    Cranberry-Vanilla Bean Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

    Bright and zippy, this gorgeous vanilla bean cake features delicious fixes of fruit. Fresh orange peel is baked inside, while sugared cranberries and zesty lemon strips top it all off. 

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    Rum Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake

    Our vanilla bean Bundt cake -- laced with rum and dusted with powdered sugar -- makes a light and cozy dessert for any occasion. Plus, it's less than 300 calories per serving!

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    Vanilla Cake with Buttercream, Berries, and Jam

    For an elegant dessert, place fresh berries and swirls of buttercream frosting between stacks of soft vanilla cake. Don't forget to drizzle on strawberry jam for extra fruity flavor.

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    Italian Cream Cake

    Flaky coconut, crunchy pecans, and smooth spoonfuls of cream cheese frosting take this simple vanilla cake from bland to beautiful. The Italian-inspired cake makes a delicious addition to any party or special occasion.

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    Vanilla Bean-Coconut Cupcakes

    Vanilla infuses these mouthwatering cupcakes with its inviting flavor and aroma. Toasted coconut adds a subtle touch of color and flavor as a garnish.

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    Spring Cakes and Cupcakes

    Say hello to spring with these adorable dessert recipes. We've chosen our cutest cake and cupcake recipes for you to try, including cake recipes with ruffles, flowers, sprinkles, and more. Browse our sweetest collection yet.
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