LILY BAKES: Five Ingredient Vanilla Cake

The latest from our resident kid baker
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Lily Barnes is our 11-year-old resident kid baker. Each month she shares an original recipe that kids can make at home with their parents, plus a few behind-the-scenes tips and tricks to make your treat extra special. Here is Lily’s recipe for Five Ingredient Vanilla Cake:


I chose to make a cake in celebration of school being out for the summer! This cake has only five ingredients and is easy to make. I think this will be cool for kids to make with their families because it’s simple and there are ways to add your own special touch.—Lily


  • 3½ cups self-rising flour
  • 1½ cups granulated white sugar
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon  vanilla extract 


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F  and line a 9 x 13 inch cake pan with parchment paper. 

  • Add all flour and sugar to a large mixing bowl. Mix together on low. 
  • Add ⅓ cup of oil and 1 cup of water. Mix until a batter forms. 
  • Add in vanilla extract. Then add in the remaining oil and water and mix until combined. 

  • Remember to scrape your bowl and mix, making sure all flour chunks are gone.
  • Pour batter into a baking pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Ice and top your cake with your choice of buttercream, glaze, or whipped topping and berries. 

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