White (Moist) Cake Recipe

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A perfectly moist and simple white cake paired with a light and fluffy whipped cream buttercream frosting.

white layer cake with whipped cream buttercream sitting on a yellow plate with a fork full of a bite of cake

Another month, another cake. Hop on in, folks– it’s about to get all sweet and heavenly up in here!

I’m back for March’s edition of Cake of The Month with a little elaboration on January’s yellow layer cake.

I mentioned in that post how yellow, white, and vanilla cake are often confused with each other and how they’re all different. I’ve also brought you vanilla cake in the past, so now we’re going to complete the trifecta with what I like to deem “wedding cake.”

How this White Moist Cake Recipe tastes

I used this recipe to make many many cakes for customers back in my cake baking/decorating days, and it was often referred to as “that wedding cake flavor” when I would ask customers to be specific when asking for a “white” cake (spoiler alert: often times, they really wanted yellow).

Do you know the cake I’m talking about? Dense but not heavy, the perfect amount of moisture, a tight crumb that flows seamlessly into the filling and/or frosting surrounding it?

Hopefully you’ve tried the cake I’m describing, and you’re nodding your head in wedding cake delight. Are we on the same cake page now?

Good. So let’s make this “white wedding cake” recipe from scratch.

white layer cake with whipped cream buttercream sitting on a yellow plate with a fork

What is White Cake with Buttercream Frosting?

So white cake. It’s, well, white. It’s not quite angel food cake white, since it does use plenty of butter, but you won’t be adding any egg yolks to this cake batter, so the batter stays fairly white, especially in comparison to its cousin cake, the yellow cake.

Egg whites are the bulk of the glue that holds this whole cake business together, and you’ll need 6 of them for this two layer cake. I know, that’s a lot of wasted egg yolks, but save them! Or toss them in an egg casserole.

You’ll also do something a bit different for this white cake than you normally would for a cake batter.

White (Moist) Cake Recipe ingredients

For this white cake recipe, you will need:

  • all-purpose flour
  • cornstarch
  • granulated sugar
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • unsalted butter
  • heavy cream
  • large egg whites
  • vanilla extract

For the whipped cream frosting recipe, you will need:

  • unsalted butter
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • almond extract
  • salt
  • heavy whipping cream

Moist White Cake Recipe variations

While I personally like flavoring my white cake with just vanilla extract, you can actually add any flavoring to this cake to change the flavor. I often add almond extract to the cake batter itself and have also used citrus extract for a fun citrus punch.

How to make Whipped Cream Frosting Cake

Instead of creaming together butter and sugar, you’re actually going to mix together your flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt and then add room temperature butter right there into the mix.

This is called “reverse creaming.”

You’ll wind up with a sand-like mixture. Here’s a visual for you:

white cake batter in a bowl

To that sandy mixture, you’ll slowlyyyyy add your solution of heavy cream, egg whites, and a hefty dose of vanilla.

pouring wet ingredients into dry ingredients for white cake

Much like we did with our orange creamsicle cake, you’ll add half of this wet mixture to the dry, allow it to fully incorporate, then add the remaining half of the liquid. 

The importance of slowly adding in the liquid to this Moist White Cake Recipe

Your batter can only absorb so much liquid at one time. In order not to overload it with too much at once, adding it in two parts ensures there’s enough room for everyone to be happy and work together properly.

white cake batter in a bowl

It may seem like an unnecessary step, but trust me, it is crucial in producing the perfect texture for this cake.

white layer cake batter in round cake pans ready to bake

The cake will bake up nice and brown on the outside, but the inside will be a perfectly white color with a soft vanilla flavor perfect for pairing with just about any kind of frosting.

Side note: I actually used this white cake to make a berry cake, and it was a fabulous decision on my part. I hope you’ll try that cake, too!

Grab my classic white buttercream, go for some chocolate buttercream, or even try out some orange cream cheese frosting. OOOOOOOOH, or fill it with homemade lemon curd and lather it up with lemon buttercream!


Or. ORRRR, my friend… Cover this perfectly white cake with some out-of-this-world whipped cream buttercream. Ohhhh, yes. Yes, this is the stuff you’re going to want to douse every last crumb of cake with, because it. Is. Magical.

aerial photo of white layer cake with white and silver sprinkles all over it and a slice of cake removed and on a yellow plate in the background

Top this Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting: the Best Frosting for White Cake

You’ll find that the recipe for this whipped cream buttercream is pretty similar to my classic buttercream frosting recipe.

That frosting is simply buttercream frosting with heavy cream as the liquid for thinning.

However, instead of just plain adding liquid to the butter/powdered sugar/vanilla extract business, you’re going to whip this buttercream with heavy whipping cream.

You’ll watch for the frosting to just start getting fluffy. Then, it’s perfectly whipped and ready to use.

whipped cream buttercream on a stand mixer paddle

How to flavor Whipped Cream Buttercream Frosting

Side note about the buttercream, you’ll add just a touch of almond extract to give the buttercream a bit of flavor flair. If you’re not into almond extract or you don’t have any on hand, that’s totally fine.

Just know that the tiniest bit of it can add a whole new dimension to your buttercream game. Just think about it.

If you prefer your frosting a little thinner to make spreadability a bit easier, thin it out with some more heavy cream, but decrease the mixer speed to low at this point.

You definitely don’t want to over-whip your cream, otherwise you’re well on your way to butter all over again. Not what you want.

How to decorate White Cake with Buttercream Frosting

As always, allow your cake layers to cool completely before assembling, and remember that no cake is complete without sprinkles.

Lots and lots. And lots.

aerial photo of white layer cake sliced with white and silver sprinkles all over it

Serving Whipped Cream Frosting Cake

If you’re looking for a very easy, basic white cake, this is totally it. It is easily paired with many flavors and makes a great plain canvas for serving with your favorite ice cream or even fresh fruit.

There is no wrong way to eat white cake, wedding or no wedding, so definitely tuck this recipe away for safe-keeping.

How to store Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

Tips for freezing White Cake with Buttercream Frosting

When freezing a cake, it’s important to tightly wrap all exposed points to prevent air from drying out any of the frosting or cake crumbs. I like to wrap everything in plastic wrap and then again in foil.

Moist White Cake Recipe FAQs

What is the difference between white and vanilla cake?

White cake is typically made without egg yolks, and vanilla cake typically includes the yolks. Aside from that, vanilla cake will often use more vanilla extract and sometimes vanilla beans. See my vanilla bean cake recipe for a traditional vanilla cake flavor.

What is the difference between buttercream and whipped frosting?

Depending on the ingredients included in the frosting, buttercream and whipped frosting can be almost nothing alike. Buttercream is typically made with butter, powdered sugar, and milk or cream. This whipped buttercream frosting is made with heavy cream and an extra step of whipping the mixture. If you are looking for a whipped frosting made strictly from whipped cream, use the recipe and instructions included with my berry cake.

yellow plate that says "enjoy life it's delicious" with cake crumbs and a fork with one small bite of white layer cake on it

And don’t forget, now you’re fully equipped with the cake trifecta (white, yellow, and vanilla), so while you’re at it, might as well make a weekend out of cake baking and eating!

White Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting

A perfectly moist and simple white cake paired with a light and fluffy whipped cream buttercream frosting.
Prep Time20 minutes
Bake Time28 minutes
Total Time48 minutes
Recipe Author Lynn April
Servings: 10 servings



  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour be sure to measure properly
  • 2 Tablespoons (15g) cornstarch
  • 1 and ¾ cups (350g) granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 Tablespoons (171g) unsalted butter softened to room temperature1
  • 1 cup (240mL) heavy cream room temperature1,2
  • 6 large egg whites room temperature1
  • 2 and ½ teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1 cup (227g) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
  • 4 cups (480g) powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ to ⅓ cup (60-80mL) heavy whipping cream



  • Place oven rack on the middle setting and preheat the oven to 350ºF (177ºC). Grease and flour (or use homemade cake release) two 8" or 9" round cake pans.
  • In a large bowl with a handheld mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Blend ingredients together on low until completely combined, about 1 minute. Add the room temperature butter and beat mixture on low speed until it resembles sand (see photo in post text). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula and mix again on low for a few seconds until thoroughly combined.
  • Combine the heavy cream, egg whites, and vanilla extract in a large container with a spout (like a 2-cup glass measuring cup) and mix gently with a fork until blended. With the mixer speed on medium-low, add half of the milk mixture (about 1 cup) to the crumb mixture and mix until blended. Add the remaining milk mixture to the batter and beat again on medium-low until everything is incorporated. Turn the mixer off, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a spatula, and increase mixer speed to medium. Beat the batter for about 30 seconds until batter is smooth.
  • Divide batter evenly between the two prepared cake pans. Bake cakes for about 26-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the tops are lightly browned. Remove from oven and allow cakes to cool in the pans completely on a wire rack before removing and assembling.


  • In a large bowl with a handheld mixer, or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, about 2 minutes.
  • With the mixer on low, add in the powdered sugar, vanilla and almond extracts, and salt. Add the cream and continue to mix until everything starts to come together.
  • Increase mixer speed to high and beat for 3-4 minutes until frosting is fluffy, pausing once or twice to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Be careful not to over-beat the frosting, as whipping cream may start to clump. Decrease mixer speed to low if you need to add more cream to thin to desired texture.
  • For more buttercream troubleshooting tips, see my book, The Home Baker's Guide to Basic Buttercream.


  • Place one layer, bottom side up, on a plate or cake stand. Using a spatula or knife, spread an even layer of frosting over the entire surface. Place the second layer on top, bottom side down, and press down on the top lightly. Spread the rest of the frosting on the cake, beginning with the top and working your way down the sides. Decorate as desired.
  • Cake stays fresh covered at room temperature for up to 4 days. Cake may be covered and refrigerated for up to 7 days.



  1. It is imperative to use room temperature ingredients in this recipe. Allow ingredients to sit out at room temperature at least 45 minutes before beginning.
  2. I strongly encourage using cream in this recipe. It keeps the crumb moist and dense and adds a creaminess to the overall texture of the cake.
Recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated
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    1. I just saw that i can use 8 or 9 inches pan. Other question can i use cake flour?? Thank u!!

    2. Hi Lynn, could I just check… if I’m using sponge/cake flour do I need to omit the corn starch entirely or just reduce it? Thanks

    3. Hi Karina– I’m not sure I know what you mean. Do you mean can you use whipping cream instead of heavy cream? They’re the same thing.

  1. Love your techniques! As a matter of fact, I do the same for some muffin recipes. It helps prevent gluten development and results in much softer and moister cake! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  2. Hello. I need to make a cake in a 18×13 pan. Do I double this recipe? Some say double and some say triple. I want to have 2 layers also. Would this recipe be good for that with the big size? Thanks!

    1. Hi, Candice– I’m not sure how that would work out. That’s a huge pan, and I’ve never made this in anything other than a 9×13. You could try 2 or 2.5x the recipe, but I have no clue how it would work out! Let me know if you try it!

  3. I did this recipe in my thermomix and the frosting is runny. How would you thicken it and make it fluffy again?

    1. Hi, Lisa. Sorry I’m just now seeing this! It’s possible you didn’t whip it enough, or you can add some more powdered sugar to thicken it up again. Hope that helps!

    1. Hi there. Yes, it is. It’s important for the texture of the cake. Without it, I’m afraid it would be a little too dense.

  4. What difference it makes in
    Cakes if egg yolks are omitted other than the colour doesnt go alot yellow.. how is texture different and taste??

  5. I am planning to make celebration cake .. i ve got a small oven so i usually make one good height cake and then do layers my self .. is this cake good enogh for cutting up in layers or its more crumbly as it has got alot of butter .. any technique for getting good layers out of this cake should i refrigerate for sometime and then cut it ??

    1. Hi! I’ve never baked this cake as anything other than 2 layers, so I’m not quite sure what to tell you. Unless you bake this cake in a 9×13 or larger baking dish, I don’t think it will turn out well at all. If you try it, though, please let me know how it goes!

  6. Hi, what is the shelf life of this buttercream? Does this need to be stored in the fridge right away because of the whipped cream?

  7. Can this mixture be double? If so do you think that would be enough to cover a 3 layer cake? Crumbcoat, top coat an a few ruffles on the top.

    1. You can double the cake recipe, yes, but I would do it in two batches. And doubling the buttercream would be sufficient for a three layer cake. You can make the buttercream in one batch.

    1. For sure! You’ll probably get about 2 dozen cupcakes, and I would suggest a starting baking time of 12-13 minutes. Let me know if you try it!

  8. Cake was a flop the cake sank in the middle it was too soft no structure followed recipe as written, also made cupcakes had the same result.

    1. I’m sorry that happened to you. I’ve made this cake lots of times and have never had a problem, otherwise I wouldn’t share the recipe. This same recipe is also featured here, here, and here without issue.

    2. Same issue here with the cupcakes this is my third time doing cupcakes with this recipe.. I’m hoping the cake comes out ok if not I’m screwed for my daughters first birthday

    3. Hey, Kayla– I’ve actually never made this recipe as cupcakes, so I can’t speak to the cupcakes. But I have make this cake several times, and it always works out for me (I used it in this champagne cake too). I’m not sure that’s much help, though. Sorry.

  9. This frosting turned into butter even after mixing it gently for 20 seconds. How do you prevent this from happening?

    1. I would say something went wrong somewhere else. It takes quite awhile for whipping cream to turn to butter, so “gently for 20 seconds” seems strange to me. I’m sorry it didn’t work for you! I’ve made this frosting many times with no issue.

  10. Hi
    I want to make white cake with whipped cream and no butter cream. So can I do this here?
    Also can I use fondate
    Plz guide

    1. Yep, you can put whatever kind of frosting you’d like on the cake. And you can use fondant on the outside if that’s your preference.

  11. 5 stars
    This turned out PERFECT! I make 2 of these in 9×13″ pans & filled & stacked them. Everyone said it was one of the best birthday cakes they’d ever had.

  12. Hi Lynn! I’m making a white layer cake for a baby shower and would love to use this recipe. I need three layers – do you think this can stretch to three layers or should I 1.5x the recipe? I would also like to split up the prep since the decorating will take some time. What is your suggestion for making cakes in advance? Baking and then freezing unfrosted layers until use? Storing at room temp? Lastly, can this frosting be used for piping or is it too soft?

    Thank you!!

    1. Hey, Marla! You’ll be just fine to do 1.5x the recipe. Yes, bake, wrap tightly, and freeze. Thaw overnight in the fridge. And the frosting is perfect for piping! Let me know how it turns out!

  13. Hi – I’d like to try this, but I don’t have multiple pans. Do you think the batter would suffer from being left out while I bake the layers separately?

    1. Hey, Natasha! It’s definitely not ideal, but it might work if you’re able to cool the first layer quickly. Is it cold where you are? You could try putting it outside to cool it off.