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Vanilla Bean Cake Recipe

  • Author: Rose
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x


simple layer cake or a multi-tiered elegant wedding cake and can be paired with so many fillings and frosting. This is a doctored cake mix recipe.


Units Scale
  • 4 cups of white boxed cake mix (approximately 20 ounces by weight, I prefer Pillsbury)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 3 large whole eggs (use 4 egg whites if you prefer a super white cake, but I find the whole eggs still yield a very pretty white cake)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla bean paste


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Mix together all dry ingredients by hand using a whisk in a very large mixing bowl. Add the liquid ingredients and beat on low speed for 2-3 minutes, until well combined. I use a hand-mixer for this step or I double it and put it in my Bosch mixer when I'm doing big orders!
  3. This recipe will not rise as much as other cake recipes, so fill your pans about 3/4 full. Bake at 325°F (time depends on the size pans used*). Generally, I bake 8-inch round pans for 38-45 minutes or cupcakes for 19 minutes.
  4. This recipe yields enough batter for (2) 8″ round pans that are 2″ deep. I used less batter per pan and made a 3-layer cake for these pictures!
  5. Test for doneness with a toothpick in the center. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then flip them out on a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  6. Layer, frost & enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 40
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: white cake, vanilla bean cake, vanilla bean cake recipe, cake mix recipe, doctored cake mix, vanilla bean paste cake recipe, simple vanilla bean cake recipe

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