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World's Most Delicious White Cake

World's Most Delicious Three-Layer White Cake, and Chocolate Frosting.

From "The Infinite Feast: How to Host the Ones You Love—Recipes from the Big Easy . . . and Beyond" by Brian Theis, 2020 Click here for more on my best-selling cookbook!

You say it’s your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Here’s a first-time-on-the-internet doubleheader recipe exclusive: my World’s Most Delicious Three-Layer White Cake and Chocolate Frosting! Be sure to pick up some festive candles and toppers at your nearest baking specialty store or order them online! (For example, search eBay or Etsy for "vintage ballerina cake candle holders, or toppers.")

‘Cause we’re going to a party, party! 🎉 🎂

World's Most Delicious Three-Layer White Cake

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, more for pans

2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon and 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened, more for pans

2 large eggs, 4 large egg whites

1 cup whole milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease and flour three 8-inch cake pans.

In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt. Using your hands, add butter to dry ingredients, work together till sandy in texture. With electric mixer, on slow speed, add each whole egg and egg white, one at a time. Batter may be lumpy to start with. In small bowl, combine milk and vanilla extract. With mixer on medium, add milk mixture to batter in two additions, combining completely.

With large spoon, divide batter evenly among three pans. Shake each pan side to side to even batter out. Bake, rotating pans from front to back once, till a toothpick comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Don't undercook. Cool completely, then frost!


Chocolate Frosting

(For a 3-layer cake, double the recipe)

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room


½ cup Dutch processed cocoa powder

4 cups confectioners’ sugar

½ teaspoon salt

2 to 3 tablespoons milk, more as


In large bowl using electric mixer on low speed combine butter, cocoa powder.

Blend in sugar a cup or so at a time, salt, and milk till smooth and creamy.

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