I’m sharing this recipe with you on Easter because I was super excited to try this cake out and knew that if it was a success I wanted to bring it to our Easter celebration.
Not only was this recipe SO easy, but it was also so delicious! This is actually my mother-in-law’s cake recipe. She made a birthday cake for my niece’s birthday last month while we were visiting for Spring Break and I was so amazed at her skill. She let me in on a little secret, it’s the icing that wins everyone over.
I don’t know about you, but there is something really special about a homemade cake. Especially one like mine, that’s a little lopsided and definitely appears to be made from scratch. My MIL’s cake was much more beautiful than mine (see photos below) but that’s the beauty of this recipe… you can decorate it any way you would like. If you’re more artistic than I am, the sky is the limit with how you can create a beautiful cake.
If you have a steady hand, you could write on the cake or even use various cake toppers. I’m definitely going to make this cake for our next birthday (Eden in June!) and purchase some cake toppers depending on her theme.
Save a bundle of money at your family’s next celebration with this recipe and don’t forget to let me know if you try it!
Easy Cake Recipe
Prep Time: 1.5 hours
- White Cake Mix and ingredients to go with cake (I like Betty Crocker brand)
- Any decorations you’d like, sprinkles, M%M’s, cake toppers, etc.
FOR THE ICING:
- 4 sticks of room temperature butter (yes! the temperature matters)
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons warm whole milk (yes! the temperature matters)
- pinch of salt
- Mix cake mix according to package. Add an extra egg for a more dense, less likely to crumble cake and you can sub out the vegetable oil for butter for a more moist cake!
- Bake cake according to package in a shallow cake pan, this will ensure your cake is less likely to burn and you can layer the cake in 3 layers with one box of cake mix.
- Once the cakes are baking, mix the icing together by starting with the room temperature butter in a large electric mixer.
- Next, slowly add in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract.
- Once those 3 ingredients are well combined, slowly add in the warm milk and pinch of salt… mix well
- After your cakes are baked and cooled in a cooling rack, you’re ready to ice them. Start with one cake and ice the entire thing covering it completely, then add next cake and do the same… finally add the third cake and ice the cakes to their entirety. This icing recipe should cover the cake completely.
- Decorate any way you’d like! Allow to dry and enjoy!