White Wedding Cake

White frosted with white icing on white plate

This isn’t really a wedding cake, although I suppose you could cook it in layers and turn it into a wedding cake.  Cake decorating is not something I excel at.  We just call it wedding cake because that is the flavor I have always tried to recreate.  You know, that simple white cake with white icing that were once very common at weddings.  Many internet bakers claim they use variations of this recipe for wedding and birthday cakes.

I was saving this recipe for a white cake until I had enough time and gumption to make one of every recipe I have used over the years and doing a taste test.  It didn’t mean I could not bake one in the mean time though, so I did and made one simple change to the only recipe I have used in the last 5 years or so and Andy declared it the best wedding cake I have made yet.

His first question was, “Is this recipe going on the blog?”  When I told him no, he was adamant that it really needed to be there.  He kept saying over and over it was the best one yet and I need to use this recipe from now on.  I told him this is the same recipe I always use.  “No, it’s not, there is something different and it’s really good.”

The recipe I had intended to use for this recipe has been around on the internet for quite some time now, WASC Cake, white almond sour cream cake.  There is some debate out there about who had the first one and which one is best.  One poster swears it was hers first, and then someone else swears the other poster was first.  Either way, the debate and differences can be seen here.  I use the Rebecca Sutterby white almond sour cream cake version.

I can’t really call my version WASC cake though since it does not have sour cream in it.  I had a container of plain Greek yogurt in the refrigerator that I had opened for chicken gyros and didn’t want to waste it, so I thought why not use it instead?

This cake is truly baked at 325 degrees F, it is not a mistake in the recipe.  It cooks slowly and prevents the cake from getting a huge dome in the middle.  I usually use a 9 X 13 pan because I am lazy and the looks of the finished product do not affect the taste.  I do not make cakes for others, but if I did, I would use cake pans that allow for layering and different sized tiers.  I do not have bake time for other pans, I would need to be checking the different sized pans before I could tell you how long to bake them for.  I start checking this white cake around 35 minutes if I can’t smell it yet.  It will start to lightly brown on the top about 10 minutes before it is done.  If it takes a little longer that’s OK.

Different days require different baking times for me, even using the same pan I always use.  I start checking the cakes for doneness as soon as I can smell them.  Once a toothpick inserted into the very center of a cake comes back clean or with a few crumbs, I know it is time to take it out of the oven.  I try my best to avoid over baking cakes.  It dries them out and makes the edges crispy (yes, this is from personal experience).

There are also buttercream recipes all over the internet and I have tried to make several.  In the end I end up going back to my own way, which was inspired by so many I would need a whole post devoted just to the ones I have tried in my 35 years of baking.  Some were good, some were not.  One thing is for sure among all of them, they have some form of fat and some powdered sugar in varying ratios.

The icing recipe included in this post are no more than the way that I make it.  Feel free to use any version you want.


White Wedding Cake

Delicious white cake with white buttercream icing. Tastes like old fashioned white wedding cake. Simple enough for beginners.

  • Author: Beth Mueller
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Slices
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


White Cake

  • 1 box white cake mix, Pillsbury Traditional White is our preferred mix
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Baking spray

White Buttercream

  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 pounds Powdered Sugar, about 7 1/2 cups
  • 1/3 cup of milk, more may be needed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter flavored extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


White Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degree F.
  2. Spray 9 X 13 baking pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  3. Place cake mix, flour, and sugar into bowl of stand mixer. Mix just until combined.
  4. Add water, yogurt, egg whites, oil and extracts.
  5. Mix on low speed until combined.
  6. Turn mixer to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes.
  7. Pour into prepared pan and place in preheated 325 degree F oven.
  8. Set timer for 35 minutes. If you begin to smell the cake before the time goes off, check the cake by sticking a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean or with just a few crumbs but no wet batter, the cake is done and it needs to be removed from the oven.
  9. Once the timer goes off, and you have not removed the cake already because it was done, check the cake for doneness by using the toothpick method.
  10. If the cake is not done after 35 minutes, continue cooking the cake and checking for doneness every 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how wet the toothpick was when testing the cake.
  11. When cake is done, remove from oven and cool completely before frosting.

White Buttercream

  1. Place butter and shortening in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Using the blade attachment, mix on medium high for 5 minutes.
  3. Add powdered sugar 2 cups at a time and mix on slow until all sugar is incorporated.
  4. Mix milk, extracts, and salt in a small bowl.
  5. With mixer turned off, add milk mixture to icing.
  6. Turn mixer to slow and mix until incorporated.
  7. Turn mixer to high and allow to run for 5 minutes.
  8. Test icing for consistency. If you want a thinner icing, add milk 1 tablespoon at a time and mix for 1 minute.


Cake recipe can be doubled for larger pans, adjust baking time.  Cupcakes can be made with this recipe, again, adjust baking time.  Can be made in smaller pans for layering, adjust baking time.  This cake needs to be supported if stacking greater than 2 layers high.

Icing recipe will easily cover a 2 layer 9 inch cake, amounts can be halved if cake is being served in a 9 X 13 pan.


  • Serving Size: 1 3" X 3" Slice
  • Calories: 627
  • Sugar: 9.81 g
  • Sodium: 466 mg
  • Fat: 35.73 g
  • Saturated Fat: 12.9 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 20.7 g
  • Trans Fat: 2.28 g
  • Carbohydrates: 71 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 7.2
  • Cholesterol: 24 mg

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43 thoughts on “White Wedding Cake

    1. Hi Rachelle!

      Thanks for visiting our blog!

      Since a box cake mix is a complete mix, I wouldn’t use just flour for the cake mix. If you wanted to try it without a mix you might try using 2 1/2 cups flour, 2 cups white sugar, 1/2 cup powdered milk, and 2 teaspoons baking powder.

      I have never tried this option, so I can’t comment on an outcome.

      Let me know how it turns out if you decide to try a substitute!


    1. Hi Christieann!

      Using yogurt or sour cream in this recipe is what gives the cake extra moisture. You can try the recipe without the addition of either, it might come out a bit dry and the bake time may need to be reduced.

      If you are not opposed to using dairy substitutes, like soy or almond products, you could use any of those yogurt or sour cream options. I am amazed at the number of options most stores carry these days.

      Happy Sunday!

  1. Is the flour Cake Flour, Self Rising flour, or All Purpose flour?
    I’m always confused when a recipe just calls for flour.

    1. Hi Gayle!

      All-purpose flour is one I use for this recipe. Unbleached to be more precise, but bleached works just fine.

      Anytime I see a recipe that calls for just plain flour, I use unbleached all-purpose flour.

  2. Hello! I don’t care for butter flavored extract. Is there a substitution you would recommend? Or, just omit? Thank you.

    1. Hi Sally!

      I wouldn’t call it super strong, but you can taste it in there. It can be omitted or reduced. If have never had anyone complain that the almond flavor is overwhelming or anything.

      If you have tried the new Blue Bell Bride’s Cake Ice Cream, the flavors are very similar!

  3. This turned out more like pound cake and the outside of the caje was really thick and crumbly. I wanted a flakey moist cake like a bakery.

    1. Hi Candace!
      Sorry that this cake didn’t turn out for you. When I make it, it has small crumbs but nothing I would consider crumbly. The texture should resemble an old fashioned wedding cake which had texture similar to pound cake with a little bit of spring like an angel food cake. Short of buying a commercial bakery mix from a restaurant supplier, this recipe is the closest I have ever gotten to the cakes I was trying to recreate.

      1. Thank. Actually lowering the temp to 300 fixed the problem. This is my go to white caje recipe now. Im still trying to find a good yellow cake recipe tho. I actually used this recipe and just used yellow cake mix instead of white and three whole eggs instead of 4 egg whites and it did pretty good but it tastes more like a box cake mix than i would like. Any suggestions?

        1. Hi Candace!
          SO happy you found a solution that works for you! Oven temperatures can vary by quite a bit. I have never tried to make a yellow cake with this recipe. You could try a cheaper cake mix, I find that the high end cake mixes do not work as well with this recipe.

  4. I haven’t tasted it yet however, mine in a 9×11 pan didn’t rise well. It left a bit of a indentation in the middle. On the bright side I had enough frosting to fill it up and still had at least a third left over. Tons of frosting. Hopefully it will taste great as I made it for my husband’s birthday.

  5. Update. ..I tasted it the cake was very good, the frosting only need half the amount maybe a quarter of amount. The frosting was way to sweet.

    1. So glad you liked the taste. This does make a lot of frosting! Sometimes I freeze the leftovers and thaw them in the refrigerator for another use, other times I used the left over frosting to frost the cut sides of my cake to keep it from getting hard, I figure no one ever complains about extra icing on a cake!

  6. Hi! I’m new to baking….Can this be turned into chocolate cake by adding cocoa powder or would you suggest actual chocolate cake recipe?

    1. I have seen some recipes that substitute chocolate fudge cake mix for the white. In addition, adding a tablespoon of instant coffee to the batter will help boost the chocolate flavor. Vanilla is the only flavoring I would use if i were going chocolate. Enjoy!

  7. Im looking to use 2 spring form pans for a wedding cake. 9 and 8 inch. Would that work? And if so would all the batter be placed in the 9 and half divided in the 8? Help!

    1. You might need to make more batter but it should work. The baking times will be different on the pan sizes and thickness of the cakes will make a difference.

      I would suggest a practice run and checking for doneness at 25 minutes. I would also grease and flour the spring form pans rather than just use a cooking spray and allow the cakes to cool completely before removing them from the pans.

    1. I have made these as cupcakes. Baking time will depend on the amount of batter you use for your cupcakes. I sometimes use taller baking cups for larger cupcakes and those take a bit longer than standard sized liners. Standard size should take 15 to 20 minutes. I always stick a toothpick in the center of one of the cupcakes in the middle of the pan. Even when using taller liners I start checking at the 15 minute mark if the center doesn’t look wet, these have taken as long as 30 minutes for me.

      Just a side note, in my experience, the icing has a tendency to slide off the cupcakes after a couple of days, so I would not prepare these too far in advance.

    1. Interesting concept! I have never tried cookies since this batter is thin. If it’s just the flavor you are looking for rather than a texture thing you could try just adding almond and butter extracts to a sugar cookie dough.

    1. I’m sorry to hear you are having difficulty with this recipe.

      It can be a bit sticky on the top, especially on humid days. If you mean sticky and thick on the inside it may have been under-cooked or under-beaten. Sometimes, depending on which cake pan I used, it takes longer to cook, up to 15 minutes longer. I have several pan that are supposed to be 9 X 13 but actually aren’t, a few of mine make taller cakes and those pans take much longer. Make sure you are mixing it at least 2 minutes to get some air into it.

      This cake should have a finer crumb with less air bubbles than a regular cake mix. Think more like pound cake texture.

      Additionally, another commenter said she reduced her oven temperature to change the texture of her cake. 325 Degrees F is where I bake mine at. My oven runs true to temperature.

  8. Yes, I meant the inside of the cake. I mixed it for the 2 minutes and I was thinking maybe undercooked? I didn’t realize it until after it cooled though. I used two 9 inch pans for 35 min. I will have to practice some more lol. I’m new to this! Thank you so much for your quick feed back!!

    1. Hi Lisa!

      I love hearing that someone is “new to this” but is not giving up and keeps practicing! This is how it all starts – the love of cooking.

      Next time you bake these, or any cake or cupcake, try using a toothpick or skewer to test the center of the cakes. (I have been known to use a butter knife if I can;t find the toothpicks!)

      Please reach out if you have more questions. You can also email me directly!

  9. Love this cake. Made it for our 50th anniversary and again for a neighborhood gathering. One comment was too rich but it was almost gone. I. Would like to replace some of the sugar for an artificial sugar if it would raise ok. I can reduce some of the sugar in iceing as it is good but you do not need all of it . I saved some for cupcakes. Love almond flavering too!

    1. Hi Joan!

      Congratulations on 50 years!! I am so happy hear that you enjoyed the cake! If you choose to use a sugar replacement, just make sure you use one that is formulated for baking, following the manufacturer’s recommendations for equivalents, and it should be fine. This does make a lot of frosting! I freeze extra I have, allow it to come to room temperature, give it a good mix and it’s good to go.

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