Molly’s Blog – Uncle Vernon’s Vanilla Cake

It was Uncle Vernon’s birthday at the weekend so I decided to make him a cake.  When you’re 9 months old, it’s got to be a really easy one and this one is simple.  Mum wanted to help with icing it so I let her, but regretted it immediately when I saw the mess she’d made of it (it started to sag around the edges after a while).  Still though she did her best, so as a reward I let her lick the spoon….

You will need: 

Vanilla cake and frosting ingredients (adapted from the Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days book)

Dry ingredients

  • 160 g unsalted butter
  • 560 g caster sugar
  • 480 g plain flour
  • 2 flat tbsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt

Wet ingredients

  • 480 ml whole milk
  • 2 tsp good quality vanilla essence
  • 4 large eggs


  • 800 g icing sugar
  • 240 g unsalted butter (softened at room temperature)
  • 75 ml whole milk
  • 1 tsp good quality vanilla essence


Mix all the dry ingredients together until it resembles a sandy mixture.  Separately mix all the wet ingredients and add to the dry.  Mix both together until it becomes a smooth batter.  Pour into 3 x 8 inch lined cake tins.  Bake for 20-25 mins at 180 C.

For the frosting – mix all the ingredients together and beat with an electric whisk for 5 minutes until light and fluffy. Use to sandwich the layers together and ice the top and sides.


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