Recipe: Vanilla layer cake

It may look extravagant but our recipe for this triple-layered vanilla cake is simple. The vanilla infused sponge is slathered with vanilla buttercream icing to make the perfect spring treat.

Two layers of flapjack are sandwiched together with creamy chocolate in this simple recipe.

Two layers of flapjack are sandwiched together with creamy chocolate in this simple recipe.

Serves 8
500g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
250g caster sugar
5 eggs
4 tbsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp baking powder
300g plain flour
pinch of sea salt
165ml double cream
500g icing sugar
deep 20cm round cake tin

To make the cake: Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas mark 3 and grease and line the cake tin. In a large mixing bowl, cream 250g of the butter with the caster sugar, using the back of a wooden spoon. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, making sure they are fully incorporated each time. Mix in 2 tbsp of the vanilla extract, then sift in the baking powder and flour, folding in thoroughly. Stir in the salt and 150ml of the cream. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hr 10 mins until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool for 3-4 hrs.

To make the icing: Place the remaining butter in a large mixing bowl and gradually smooth in the icing sugar, spoonful by spoonful, using the back of a spoon, until integrated. Mix in the remaining cream and vanilla extract.

Remove the cake from the tin and discard the baking paper, then carefully cut the cake into three equal slices horizontally. The top may need to be levelled off. Place one disc of cake on a serving plate. Spread a quarter of the butter icing on top, then cover with another disc of cake. Top with a third of the remaining icing and cover with the final cake layer. Cover the entire cake with icing, smoothing down the sides with a spatula. Leave to chill for 30 mins before serving.

More recipes with for layered desserts in the March 2019 issue of LandScape magazine...

  • Lemon curd and shortbread jars

  • Custard slices

  • Orange curd pancake stack

  • Sticky toffee layered pudding

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