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This Vanilla Sugar Skillet Cake Recipe is baked in a cast iron skillet and uses basic pantry ingredients. It's light, moist and delicious!

The Best Vanilla Cake Recipe from Scratch

Make the best vanilla cake recipe from scratch for an impressive yet easy dessert. Bake it in a cast iron skillet or a regular cake pan. Both are wonderful!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 pieces


  • 1/2 cup shortening I used Crisco
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla sugar
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • Powdered sugar for dusting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, or large mixing bowl with a hand mixer, beat the shortening and milk for 3 minutes.
  • While still mixing, add the vanilla sugar.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Add the flour mixture to the shortening/milk mixture in three batches. Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl very well.
  • Separate the yolks from the whites of 4 eggs. Add the egg whites to the batter and beat until mixed. Don't overmix.
  • Spray a 10-inch cast iron skillet with Baker's Joy OR coat well with shortening and dust with flour.
  • Pour batter into prepared skillet.
  • Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cake is done when a knife inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack. Lightly dust with powdered sugar if desired.
  • If not using vanilla sugar, add 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract or vanilla paste with the regular sugar.