Ridiculous Vanilla Cake

This is the most Ridiculous Vanilla Cake… seriously the softest, most moist cake EVER – it literally melts in your mouth! A vanilla cake recipe topped with sweet icing and garnished with white chocolate chips – you’ve got to get in on this goodness!

Make sure to check out my Ridiculous Chocolate Cake too! It’s INCREDIBLE!

Ridiculous Vanilla Cake Is An Easy Vanilla Cake with Pudding Mix!

A few years ago I made a chocolate cake. It was insanely fudgy and soft and EASY. I decided to call it Ridiculous Chocolate Cake because…well…it was. And then I started getting requests for a Vanilla version…which leads us to today.

I created that vanilla cake recipe essentially just swapping out the vanilla cake for the chocolate and really, REALLY loved it. It was soft and crazy moist, almost like a spoon bread or a bread pudding texture. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t have shared it….BUT some of you guys found it TOO soft and TOO moist.

So I want you to know I heard you.

It was an easy fix, honestly…one that a lot of you left comments about, which I love! If something isn’t working for you, let me know!

slice oof vanilla cake on a plate with forkful

This Vanilla Cake Recipe Is Updated and Improved!

The alternations were minimal, but made an impact that I think works great. It leaves you with an extremely soft, moist cake, but not “wet” in texture, which was the issue some of you were having.

What Have You Changed?

The only change I made tho this recipe from the original posting back in 2016 is the amount of sour cream. In the original recipe I used 16- ounces, and I reduced that to 8- ounces in the current version. If you made the original and loved it you can stick with the 16- ounces.

The updated version with less sour cream produces a less heavy cake. You’ll get a rich and delicious texture, without it being quite as “wet”.

Recipe Ingredients:

  • vanilla cake mix
  • instant vanilla pudding
  • sour cream
  • eggs
  • vegetable oil
  • water
  • white chocolate chips


  • powdered sugar
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • white chocolate chips to garnish

How To Make Ridiculous Vanilla Cake:

The steps are easy! Please note as this this a common question: You use the cake mix as an ingredient! You don’t follow the instructions on the box at all. Just use the dry cake mix as you would your flour, sugar, baking powder etc.

Baking Tips:

Make sure you grease the pan HEAVILY especially if you use the white chocolate chips. You can use a baking spray or grease the pan with butter or shortening and then lightly dust with flour or powdered sugar

The cake is so soft to begin with and a few white chocolate chips might melt to the side of the pan and stick if not greased properly.

Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes before inverting the pan onto a cake plate or platter.

The most Ridiculous Vanilla Cake!

What If It Sticks To the Pan?

Oh I feel you. This has happened to me time and time again. The only answer is that your pan wasn’t greased heavily enough. I’ve done it, trust me.

If this happens, depending on how much sticks, know that you will be icing this cake and garnishing it with white chips, which will cover up a whole lot of imperfection!

The Pan I Recommend…

Like I said, I have had my fair share of cake disasters while flipping it out of a bundt pan. It’s enough to make you cry! Along with greasing the pan heavily I use THIS PAN and literally have never looked back. I recommend this to SO many people and truly feel like it’s the best. I can’t say that I have had any issue with sticking since using this one.

Slicing and serving vanilla bundt cake with a drizzle of white icing

What If You Don’t Have Vanilla Cake Mix?

I hate to say this, but the cake mix in this recipe is the secret sauce. If you don’t have access to a boxed cake mix (I know in some countries they aren’t available) try making my Sour Cream Pound Cake from scratch and add the white chocolate chips. It’s a close dupe!

If You Don’t Like White Chocolate…

Can we still be friends? Ha! Yes, of course! But if you really just aren’t a white chocolate fan, you can ABSOLUTELY omit the white chips from this recipe.

Do You Have To Make This In a Bundt Pan?

Nope! You can bake this is an assortment of different pans. Please note, however, this is a denser-style cake, which I prefer in a bundt or tube pan style. But it will work in other pans too:

  • 9×13 pan: Decrease your bake time to estimated 30-35 minutes
  • 2- round 9 inch cake pans: Decrease your bake time to 25-30 minutes
  • cupcakes: Decrease bake time to 20-25 minutes
cutting and serving ridiculous vanilla cake

Looking For More Vanilla Cake Recipes? Try These:

As noted, this recipe was originally posted in 2016. The recipe and images have been updated in 2021.


Ridiculous Vanilla Cake

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
  • Yield Yield: serves 10 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American


This is the most Ridiculous Vanilla Cake… seriously the softest, most moist cake EVER – it literally melts in your mouth! A vanilla cake recipe topped with sweet icing and garnished with white chocolate chips – you’ve got to get in on this goodness!




  • 1 (15.25 ounce) box vanilla cake mix
  • 1 (4 serving sized) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 (8- ounce) container sour cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups white chocolate chips


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • white chocolate chips to garnish



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Liberally grease a 10- inch bundt pan with butter or shortening and lightly dust with flour. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine all the cake ingredients. Mix on low for 30 seconds until combined and then on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 50-55 minutes, until the cake is set. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then invert the pan onto a cake plate.


  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla. Pour over the cake.
  2. You can ice the cake when it’s warm or cooled.
  3. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips if desired. Note – if you sprinkle white chips on the cake when it’s warm they will melt slightly.


This cake was originally posted in 2016 using 16- ounces of sour cream. I received a fair amount of comments letting me know you thought that produced too dense and wet a cake. I updated the recipe in 2021 using 8- ounces of sour cream. Wanted to include this note for those of you who enjoyed the original recipe!

Store airtight for up to 3 days at room temperature.

Nutrition Information:

1 slice
64.3 g
523.4 mg
28 g
83.4 g
8.8 g
77.3 mg

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Swap out 1 cup of sour cream with:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar plus enough cream to make 1 cup







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Sheralyn Maddux
Feb 19, 2021 7:27 pm
Reply to  Shelly

I have read the recipe & was wanting to know if the ingredients in the icing are the right measurements
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
white chocolate chips.

I would think it would need more liquid 1 1/2 cups powdered to 1 Tablespoon & milk & 1 teaspoon

The cake sounds delicious

Sheralyn Maddux

Apr 28, 2022 8:23 pm

I must have done something wrong because 1 tablespoon of milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla to 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar was not even close to enough liquid to make the glaze.

Apr 17, 2022 8:38 pm

What I mean is …Suppose can’t find Vanilla Cake Mix Can I use Butter cake mi

Apr 17, 2022 8:36 pm

Ridiculous Vanilla Cake Recipe

Kristi Dillard
Apr 17, 2022 1:31 pm

I have white cake mix or yellow butter cake mix…which should I use??

Mar 31, 2022 10:51 pm

This was really good. Followed directions as written but only baked 40 minutes.

Jan 29, 2022 3:13 pm

I added some butterscotch chips omg in the oven now cant wait

Jan 5, 2022 10:20 am

This cake is so amazing! It tastes incredible and is so soft and moist. My husband really liked it and he isn’t a big cake person. I didn’t use the icing, but sifted powdered sugar on top instead. This recipe is definitely a winner!

Nov 6, 2021 10:27 am

Can I use semi sweet chocolate chips instead of white chocolate chips?

Oct 18, 2021 1:20 pm

This cake was delicious. I used only 1 cup of chips. I didn’t realize my French vanilla cake mix already had pudding in it but it didn’t take away from the cake at all. Will be making it again soon. Thanks for an awesome recipe

Judy Campbell
Oct 3, 2021 6:44 pm

I found this to be everything you said it was.: easy moist and so good! I made following your new directions without any changes, and in a bunt pan and made sure to grease it well and dusted with flour, it came out perfectly. This was such a good crowd pleaser, I will make it again and again, thanks for sharing your talent.

Sep 3, 2021 5:00 pm

If you do cupcakes or molds, make sure it’s filled less than halfway super delicious though omg!!!

May 21, 2021 12:38 pm

I tried to make this and the batter was so thick it would never “pour” and I could barely smooth it in the baking pan. It would hold a spoon straight upright. From that I knew it was way too dense. I found a very similar recipe that called for 4 eggs, rather than 3, 1 cup of oil rather than ⅓ cup and ½ cup of milk rather than ½ water. That additional liquid turned it into a batter. It was also delicious. When I read the reviews I was surprised to see no one commented on this super… Read more »

May 5, 2022 11:13 pm

Mind was super thick as well

Apr 30, 2021 10:07 pm

I’m interested in the chocolate chip question that Rena asked, does the chocolate chip melt throughout the batter while cooking or stay chunky? I see that quite a few people have tried this recipe so if anyone could obliged that’ll be great.

Mar 3, 2021 9:58 am

So i am going to try a 3 layer , would this be good with a Swiss meringue buttercream?

Feb 6, 2021 9:23 pm

This cake was ridiculously delicious. Such a big wow factor for an easy and quick cake. Everyone absolutely loved it.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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