This simple vanilla cake with raspberry cream cheese frosting makes a perfect birthday cake!! No-fail tender crumbs, sweet and tart raspberry cream cheese frosting and simple chocolate decoration is a match made in heaven!
If you’d ask anyone what’s their favorite birthday cake, you’ll get different answers. Some will say they love classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Others prefer chocolate cake all the way. And there are those who want simple vanilla cake on their special day.
Classic vanilla cake may sound boring. But our today’s vanilla cake is nothing but boring. And here’s why.
Vanilla Cake Layers
I’m sharing a special technique for making the batter, that guarantees the most tender crumbs.
Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting
Then we’ll take things up a notch by pairing it with amazing raspberry cream cheese frosting. You see that beautiful pink frosting there?
It has no food coloring!!! The magic ingredient is freeze-dried raspberries. Because they’re so potent in flavor, it adds amazing flavor to cream cheese frosting without added moisture, which could make a runny frosting.
And why stop there? Wrap the cake with a beautiful, but totally effortless, chocolate design, and you’re well on your way to impress the birthday girl (or boy)! You can check out my easy tutorial for chocolate cage design here.
Another great idea to decorate a cake: dust crushed freeze-dried raspberries over the cake for that elegant look!
Vanilla Cake with Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting
For Vanilla Cake:
- 1 ½ cups 190gr all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup 75gr unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ cup 150gr granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- ½ cup 120ml buttermilk, at room temperature
- 1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting:
- ½ cup freeze-dried raspberries
- 8 oz 225gr cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream or milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- To make the cake, line 2 9-inch (23cm) round cake pans with parchment paper and spray the pans with cooking spray as well.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- Cut the vanilla pod lengthwise and scrape the seeds inside.
- In a mixing bowl with paddle attachment, or using a handheld mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, 1-2 minutes. Add eggs, buttermilk, scraped vanilla beans and vanilla extract and mix well, about 3 minutes. Stir in the flour mixture and mix until everything is well combined, 2-3 minutes.
- Divide the batter into cake pans and bake for 23-25 minutes, or until the inserted tooth pick comes out clean. Let the cakes cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then transfer to wire rack to cool completely. (At this point, cake layers can be wrapped and stored at room temperature for up to 1 day.)
- To make the frosting, place the freeze-dry raspberries in between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, crush the berries into a fine powder. Alternatively, you can pulse the berries in a small food processor. Sift the powder through a fine mesh sieve to remove the seeds.
- In a large mixing bowl with paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter until nice and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Add powdered sugar, raspberry powder, heavy cream, vanilla extract and salt. Beat on low until the mixture is combined, then increase the speed to medium high. Beat for about 3 minutes, or until the frosting is smooth and fluffy.
- To assemble the cake, place one layer of vanilla cake on a cake platter. Using a small offset spatula, spread about 1/3 of the frosting evenly and place the second cake layer on top. Cover the whole cake with the remaining frosting. Refrigerate the cake for at least 1 hour before serving.