White vanilla cake with cinnamon buttercream icing

Dreamy White Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

This Dreamy white cake with cinnamon buttercream frosting is a basic 1-2-3-4 cake.  Getting it’s name from the proportions of its basic ingredients, it is so easy you will always remember it without even having to reference a recipe.  I have added my favourite cinnamon buttercream frosting to give it a subtle spicy flavour.

Vanilla bean cake with cinnamon buttercream frosting

The proportions of this cake’s basic ingredients are simple

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 large eggs

and to this I add one cup of milk, a tablespoon of baking powder and a scraping of vanilla bean from the pod.  Once the pod is scraped I like to add it to a container with sugar, so that I always have vanilla flavoured sugar at hand.

Vanilla bean cake with cinnamon frosting

This recipe will make a standard 9″ cake, but I love to use smaller 6″ cake tins to make the cake higher,  and allowing me to cut the cake into extra layers .  Same amount of cake , just so much more impressive. This also gives me an excuse to add extra cinnamon buttercream frosting to the inside.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends.

Dreamy White Cake with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
Recipe type: baking
1-2-3-4- Cake
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar (370grams)
  • 3 cups cake flour (384grams)
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • Beans scrapped from 1 vanilla pod (or 2 teaspoons vanilla essence)
  1. Preheat oven to 175ºC (350ºF)
  2. Grease two 9 " round cake pans ( I always line mine )
  3. Beat softened butter and sugar in a mixer for 3 or 4 minutes until light and fluffy.
  4. Add room temperature eggs, one at a time beating well after each one and then add the vanilla.
  5. Stir together dry ingredients in another bowl. Gradually add this mixture to the butter mixture alternately with milk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture, beating just until combined each time. Do not overbeat.
  6. Pour batter in cake tins and bake for about 25 - 30 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool in the cake tins for about 10 minutes before removing from the tins.
  8. Cool completely on cake rack before frosting.

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
Recipe type: baking
Prep time:
Total time:
  • 250g butter
  • 3 cups sifted icing sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tsp milk if necessary
  1. Soften butter in a mixer and beat until creamy.
  2. Add sieved powdered sugar and cinnamon and beat.
  3. Add vanilla extract and use enough milk to get required consistency.


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  • Reply ratna February 27, 2017 at 3:34 AM

    Wow Ev, it sure is dreamy. Love the 1 2 3 4 ratio. Thanks for the tip with the vanilla pods, what a great idea. Have a great week ahead.

  • Reply Sugar et al. February 28, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Wow! Such a gorgeous cake. I love the idea of a 1-2-3-4 cake…definitely handy.

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon February 28, 2017 at 5:34 PM

      Its so simple, yet works perfectly every day. Have a wonderful week. xxx

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