The cake flavor variations below are based on the Vanilla Cake recipe post.

Vanilla Cake Variations

You can use the basic vanilla cake recipe to make different flavors, with a few simple substitutions

Course Dessert
Keyword cake, dessert, lemon, orange, spice


Spice Cake:

  • Replace plain sugar with ¾ cup packed dark-brown sugar.
  • Replace vanilla with 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon cloves or use 1 1/2 teaspoons apple or pumpkin pie spice

Lemon Cake:

  • Replace vanilla with 1 teaspoon lemon extract.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon lemon zest with egg and milk.

Orange Cake:

  • Replace vanilla with 1 teaspoon orange extract.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon orange zest with egg and milk.

Replace the vanilla ingredients with one of the flavor groups below:


  1. Follow instructions for the Vanilla Cake, making one of the substitutions above.

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