Iconic Southern Living White Cake Recipe Revealed

Each December, Southern Living features a big white cake as its cover girl.  We have the winning recipe for this years’ Southern Living White Cake and it looks divine.

In certain circles, the reveal of the SL White Cake recipe is almost as big as the Time magazine Person of the Year, or Oscar nominations.  Seriously.  The tradition of the big white cake on the cover has been around since 1995 and the winning recipe is always sinfully delicious.



This year, SL is awarding the crown to a Snowy Vanilla Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream.  This cake is dense, moist and rich, topped with a buttery, tangy and thick frosting that will delight all your guests.  The test kitchen bakers go through dozens of recipes each year in search of the winner.  So make this one for your holiday gathering and you won’t go wrong.



WATCH:  The 2017 Southern Living White Cake winning recipe


Here’s your ingredient list:
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups salted butter, softened
  • 7 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 3 1/2 cups cake flour, plus more for pans
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Vegetable shortening
  • 1 (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 2 (16-oz.) pkg. powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Visit Southern Living for the complete recipe, including how to make the adorable ornament toppers.


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