by Dan Lepard

This easy vanilla cake is perfect for birthday cakes or cupcakes, and can be halved easily.

Cakes and baking

Buyer's guide

Those marked ‘pure vanilla extract’ are the best quality, if more expensive. Vanilla extract can be used as flavouring in place of the real thing, but avoid using products marked ‘vanilla flavouring’, which lacks the true flavour and aroma of vanilla.