Skip to main content

I like my desserts simple. Do not overcomplicate things -- give me a regular chocolate chip cookie or a plain pound cake, and I'm a happy camper.

My absolute favorite dessert of all time is a Magnolia layer cake - vanilla on vanilla. If you've ever visited the famous New York City bakery, you know that they are known for their incredible cupcakes. The cake is dense and moist and not too sweet, and the buttercream is out of the world creamy deliciousness. 

I used to get Magnolia once a week when I lived in the city, and even more often when I started commuting into the city regularly (there's one located inside of Penn Station). But since I now mostly work from my home in Long Island, I rarely get to indulge in a Magnolia treat. 

So I've been on a quest for years to find a dupe. But, until very recently, I was failing in my pursuit. It turns out it take months of at-home quarantine-ing for me to get the fix I needed. All that time, I was looking for a good alternative bakery when I should have just looked in a recipe book. I ordered myself the Magnolia Bakery cookbook and adapted it a bit after a few tries. Here is how to make the ultimate vanilla-on-vanilla cake. Relatively easy, super delicious, and way less expensive than a trip to the city. Enjoy!


Cake Ingredients

1.5 cups of self-rising flour

1.5 cups of all-purpose flour

1 cup of salted butter, softened

2 cups of sugar

4 large eggs

1 cup of milk

1.5 tsp of vanilla extract

Recommended Articles

Skip the Crowds and Take A Family Ski Trip to Waterville Valley

Skip the Crowds and Take Your Family Skiing in Waterville Valley

After a sizable snow storm over Martin Luther King weekend, there were plenty of lift lines and skiers heading to Vermont. Amazingly, most of them drove right past an awesome resort. I'm encouraging families to skip the crowds on the next winter holiday and take a family ski trip more

Image placeholder title

Keeping your New Year's resolutions

The New Year is off to a fresh start, and many of us are committed to doing something or many things with more intention this year. But it's tough to stay on track. In fact, “Quitters Day”, which falls on January 14th this year, is the day when most people give up. How can you more

Mini Banana Waffle Pies

Kids in the Kitchen: Mini Banana Waffle Pies With Peanut Butter Dipping Sauce

School has started back for many (us included!), and today's Kid's in the Kitchen recipe makes for a perfect breakfast or after-school snack. We made ours for an after-school snack the other day and my second grader loved it. We call this recipe Mini Banana Waffle Pies With more


In an electric mixer, cream butter until smooth.

Slowly add the sugar until thoroughly mixed through.

Add the eggs, beat well.

Add half of the flour, and beat until incorporated.

Add milk and vanilla, and beat.

Add other half of flour, and beat until everything is fully incorporated again.

Scrape down batter, and give it one last beat on medium.

Add batter to a greased 9x12 cake pan. 

Bake on 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes. Keep checking it might need more time!

Frost with buttercream  - 1 cup of unsalted butter, 6 cups of confectioner's sugar, 1/2 cup of milk, 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Mix in electric mixer on slow; don't over-beat or it will be too fluffy.

Want more from Momtrends?

1. The Ultimate Banana Bread Recipe

2. Cooking Fun With Foodstirs

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are our own.

Related Articles