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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!
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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.