Servings: 1 cake
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
Passive Time: 0 minutes
Mixing - Step One:
2 cups sugar
Mixing - Step Two:
2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 and 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup vegetable oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).
In a large mixing bowl, beat the sugar and eggs together until slightly thickened, about one minute with an electric mixer.
Then add the flour, milk, oil, baking powder, and vanilla. Beat the mixture for another minute, just until the batter is smooth and creamy -- do not overbeat.
Line one 9x13-inch rectangular baking pan (or two 9-inch round cake pans) with parchment paper and grease the sides and bottom well. The parchment paper is for removing the cake from the pan(s) easily, but it is optional otherwise.
Pour the prepared cake batter into the baking pan(s).
Once the preheated oven is ready, bake the cake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the tops are golden and a toothpick poked into the center of the layer comes out clean. (A single rectangular pan will take longer to bake than two round ones.)
Loosen the sides of the cake from the pan with a thin knife, then turn it out onto a rack and peel off the parchment paper. Let it cool completely before frosting.