Easy As 1-2-3-4 Cake Recipe

Easy As 1-2-3-4 Cake Recipe

Do you know someone that isn’t the greatest baker? With today’s Easy As 1-2-3-4 Cake Recipe, anyone can bake! Today’s recipe is a traditional super simple 1-2-3-4 Cake Recipe. 1-2-3-4 cakes were a naming convention created to signal to bakers the number of ingredients needed. The baker only needs to know is in which order to place the ingredients. This cake is an easy recipe for bakers as it’s relatively easy to remember – want to try it out.  Can you remember?

…1 Cup Butter,  2 Cups Sugar, 3 Cups Flour, 4 Eggs

The Easy As 1-2-3-4 Cake Recipe is so popular because it’s so easy to remember. Many people use this recipe and refer to it as a base recipe, the fun is actually in adding fun flavors and fillings to this cake. While I can’t trace back the original date of this particular recipe; I did find that it was posted in a recipe book in 1928. It is believed to be an original recipe of the Swans Down Cake Flour company. Today, I am sharing with you, two ways to make Easy As 1-2-3-4 Cake. Try it out and comment below to let me know which method  you prefer better.


  • 2 sticks butter -Softened, I prefer using unsalted in cakes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups sifted flour – Preferably cake flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract


  1. Cream butter in mixer.
  2. Gradually add sugar, creaming until it is light and fluffy.
  3. Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine milk and flavoring.
  6. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, blending lightly after each addition.
  7. Be careful not to overmix, as it can cause your cake to become dry
  8. Prepare 3 – 9-inch cake pans.
  9. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes or until the tester comes out clean.

Baking Tips:

  • Make sure that the eggs are room temperature before using
  • Used softened butter to fully incorporate easily.
  • Use a light-colored baking pan – to avoid over browning

…vintage recipe that I found in my grandmother’s recipes…

Another vintage recipe that I found in my grandmother’s recipes offers a different suggestion for making this delicacy. The ingredients are just a little different. Many of her original recipes from the early 1900’s call for shortening in place of butter. It’s a personal preference whether you like shortening or butter better.

The main difference is the incorporation of the eggs. Separating the egg yolks and egg whites and incorporating them separately allows the egg whites to be whipped accordingly and air incorporated into the dough which will create a really light and airy textured crumb.

Here is the alternate recipe:


  • 1 cupful Snowdrift
  • 2 cupfuls Sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cupful milk
  • 3 cupfuls Flour
  • 4 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. Cream snowdrift, add sugar gradually, screaming into the snowdrift thoroughly.
  2. Add the egg yolks one at a time and beat well.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients together and add alternately with milk to the first mixture.
  4. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold in.
  5. Pour into greased pans and bake at 350 until a cake tester comes out clean.
  6. According to the recipe, it will yield two large layers.
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