Baking & Pastries/ Sweet

Oma’s ClassicVanilla Cake

19 July 2023

Sometimes you’re just in the mood for something simple, something classic, old fashioned flavours, no extra drizzles or frizzles. Like this cake my grandma used to make. It’s a basic recipe with a hint of lemon zest. The cake is dense, yet fluffy. Crumbly, yet moist. Not too sweet, but still rich in flavour. 

Oma’s Classic Vanilla Cake

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By Saffron Serves: 12 slices


  • 200 g unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 150 g fine granulated sugar
  • 8 g vanilla sugar or 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 4 medium sized eggs
  • 200 g self raising flour
  • A good pinch of salt
  • Zest of half a lemon (or more to taste)



Preheat the oven at 175°C.


In a large bowl whisk together the butter, sugar and vanilla until it lighter in colour and it's a creamy mixture. ± 3 minutes.


Add the eggs 1 at a time, making sure it's fully incorporated into the mixture before adding the next egg.


Mix together the self raising flour and salt in a separate bowl. Slowly add it to the wet ingredients, about 50 g at a time, until fully incorporated.


Grease a baking tin and lightly dust it with flour. Pour the mixture into the tin.


Bake the cake for ± 50-55 minutes. About 5 minutes before the end time prick a wooden skewer into the cake, if it comes out clean it's ready, if not it needs a few more minutes.


When ready remove the cake from the oven and let it cool in the tin for a few minutes. Then take it out and let it rest and cool completely on a cooling rack.


  • You can also use this mixture to make cupcakes, then the baking time is ± 20 minutes!
  • Store the cake for upto a week in an airtight container. You can also easily freeze it, just cut into slices, put a piece of baking paper in between the slices and wrap the pieces together in clingfilm and then in a sealable bag or airtight container. When you want to eat it it needs to defrost for ± 30 minutes. It will keep for upto 3 months in the freezer.

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