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!

slice of vanilla cake on a plate

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

Icing

  • 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.

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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

Description:

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!


Ingredients:

Cake

  • 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

Icing

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

Instructions

Cake

  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.

Icing

  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.

Notes:

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.

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Sheralyn Maddux
February 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

MARILEE J TALMAGE
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 »

Tonya
April 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.

Amanda
March 3, 2021 9:58 am

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

Beatrice
February 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.

Rena Pichcuskie
January 13, 2021 12:05 am

Shelly do the white choc. Chips stay whole and chunky in the cake or will they melt into the batter???

Halima Ismail
December 6, 2020 10:06 am

Delicious cake! Perfect recipe and cake for coffee and family get to-gethers!

Alesha McQuerry
November 3, 2020 12:38 pm

how long do you bake for cupcakes?

Marie
September 7, 2020 8:20 pm

I made this cake, put it in the oven, and then sat down and decided to read the reviews. I got so nervous because I didn’t make any of the adjustments suggested in the reviews and saw some people had issues with the recipe as is. I followed the directions exactly and my family members loved it. They even texted me afterwards to make another one soon! Yes, it is rich and sweet, but the name sort of suggested that so for me there were no surprises.

Colleen Goebel
August 23, 2020 10:18 pm

This is an amazing cake – I tweaked a bit – I made a streusel filling with approximate 1/3 cup butter, 1/3 cup white sugar and 1/3 cup flour. I added 1 tsp of almond extract. I poured half my batter into a tube pan and then sprinkled in the streusel filling and then topped with the remaining batter. Baked for 55 minutes . after cooling I put on plate and frosted with powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Then I added semi sweet chocate shavings on top. Heavenly – my guests raved!

Lina
June 6, 2020 3:57 pm

Hi. Anyone use this for cupcakes??

Pam Nelson
May 22, 2020 4:45 pm

Just made this cake and it looks amazing and smells soooooooooooooo good!!!! I used the small box of French Vanilla Pudding,,, 4 eggs,,, 1 cup of sour cream and for the water i used 1/2 cup of Coconut milk and added 1 tsp of vanilla.. Baked for 60 minutes and cooled for 15 minutes. Fell right out of pan on to plate with no problem. Did not add chips to batter. Instead i topped cake with them and drizzled glaze all over.

Mary Hughes
May 19, 2020 10:05 pm

I just made this cake today for the first time and it came out Great with a few changes. I took advice from a couple of other replys on here and only used 8 oz of sour cream… replaced the water with buttermilk and used chocolate chips instead of white… also dusted them with flour. That works BTW. l also added vanilla to the batter. Eating a piece now with a nice cup of Camille and lavender tea. Soooo gooood.

Mary
June 6, 2020 8:10 pm
Reply to  Shelly

I shared the cake with a few of my friends and they loved it. All wanted the recipe. Thanks Again..

Mary Hughes
August 3, 2020 4:26 pm
Reply to  Shelly

Made a couple.more since then for friends. They loved it.

Sam
March 14, 2021 4:06 pm
Reply to  Mary Hughes

Wish I dusted chips with flour. Thanks

Karenb
May 14, 2020 6:53 pm

OMG another FABULOUS recipe from You!!! I have made at least 20 of your cake & cookie recipes over the years, and have never had one that was just “okay.” This cake was so moist and flavorful! My family LOVED it!!! I used the 10 Cup Elegant Party Bundt Pan, ( minus 2 C batter) and baked it much longer, approx. 75 minutes! I was hesitant that the 12 oz. White Chocolate Chips (2 Cups) would produce an “off” taste but this cake really had a GREAT Vanilla flavor and the white chips were not detectable! Thanks for another Keeper!!!… Read more »

Jade Stone
May 2, 2020 8:02 am

It came out perfectly. I let cool two and a half hours before removing from pan. I used the icing from the ridiculous vanilla cake and added two TBS good cocoa powder and half and half instead of milk. Adding it until I had the perfect texture. Threw sea salt caramel chips all over the top.

Sam
March 14, 2021 4:07 pm
Reply to  Jade Stone

Great idea, I almost used carmel chips

Marcie
April 22, 2020 3:22 pm

The recipe calls for sour cream and instant pudding, when you come to the direction it doesn’t tell you when to add those two ingredients

Dan
April 27, 2020 5:00 pm
Reply to  Marcie

Add all ingredients and mix.

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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