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Nigella’s amazing vanilla cake

When I was pregnant with my little girl, I spent a fair amount of time watching cooking shows – that’s probably the reason why she is such a good eater!! and yes it’s her adorable hand in the picture below, trying to steal a sugar butterfly!

One of my favorite cooks is Nigella Lawson, amazing results with little effort and easy execution: just my type of cooking!

I saw this beautiful cake on one of her shows, I tried it and I loved it! It is moist, aromatic, rich and perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea or with a good cup of coffee!

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Sweet little fingers on the cake


  • 225 g of room temperature butter
  • 300 g of sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 300 g of plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grounded cinnamon
  • 250 g of (non-fat) yogurt


  1. I use the kitchen aid with the whisk to mix the batter: mix 225 grams of room temperature (or softened in the microwave) butter with 300 grams (yes indeed!) of sugar until nice and creamy.
  2. Add 6 eggs (it is a rich cake, but totally worth it, believe me!) and whisk together.
  3. Add then 300 grams of flour and half a teaspoon of baking soda, as well as a teaspoon of vanilla extract (a good one is expensive but goes a long way!). I also add half a teaspoon of grounded cinnamon to the original recipe.
  4. Last but not least add 250 g of non-fat yogurt (works with whole fat too).
  5. Put the batter in your lovely tin and bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes at 180 degrees.
  6. Let it cool down for 10-15 minutes, turn it over on a nice cake stand and decorate with icing sugar (or even better vanilla sugar) when it has completely cooled down (here in Singapore it will never really cool down, but, you know, room temperature will do!), add sugar butterflies or other decorations, if you feel like. It’s going to be a success, for sure!
  7. Enjoy!
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Nigella’s amazing vanilla cake

If you want to impress, it is definitely worth investing in a very good baking tin. It will make such a difference when turning the cake out and it will look so special, even if it is only a simple vanilla cake!

I love the baking tins from nordic ware*, they are beautiful and very durable. If you happen to find them on sale, go for it, they are worth it!

*affiliate link: this post contains affiliate links, meaning I recommend products I’ve used and may receive a commission if you purchase them too (at no additional cost to you).

When I bake this cake in winter, I like to add a pinch of cinnamon too: it makes it taste like Christmas!

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Take a bite of my vanilla cake

Looking for something with chocolate? Have a look at my grandmother’s Marble cake!

Or how about some sugar-low muffins, perfect for your kid’s lunchbox? Then head to Belma´s pull apart muffins.

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Laura Matteucci


Ich bin Laura, in Italien geboren, jetzt in Österreich zuhause. Zwischendurch habe ich in ChinaSingapur und den USA gelebt.

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