Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake

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Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake (12) Okay, prepare yourselves for a lot of pictures. I tried people. No, I mean it, I really tried. I spent a few hours probably trying to narrow down the pictures of this post but I think I failed. Hey, I got it down to a modest 15 out of…nevermind. Just know that this is only a small fraction of them so you should be grateful, thank you very much. I took way, way, too many.

Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake (14) Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake I’ve had plenty of experience with not getting enough pictures and then having them all turn out to be awful, not fun, so recently I’ve been taking a bazillion pictures for every post and now I’m having the opposite problem. I guess you have to choose your battles so I’m not complaining.

Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake (3) Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake (10) Today feels kind of random but I’m so happy it’s friday. TGIF! Do you guys have fun weekend plans. Well, I’m hoping to be done with baby watch and promoted to auntie. We’ll see.

Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake (4) Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake (8) So, yesterday a bird flew into the house. It was like the cutest little bird I’ve ever seen. We think it was a baby because it could hardly fly and kept bumping into stuff low to the ground. We finally cornered it near an open door and helped it find it’s way outside but I really just wanted to keep it. I jus wanid du geep da baby boid foeva! Pardon the baby talk, I’m practicing.

Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake (6) Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake (2) Now for cake. That was lame. I meant CAKE! Because it’s friday and we get cake so there needs to be some excitement, you with me? Okay, I know Valentine’s day is a little bit far but I’m quickly learning that you have to start early in order to keep up in the food blog world. It can be crazy. Don’t worry, I still have plenty of superbowl stuff coming up still. I just really wanted to share this today.

Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake (11) Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake (7) Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake is a bit of a tongue twister, isn’t it? Yeah, I felt like Hugo Weaving just saying it out loud. Believe it or not, that was the short version. Well, it goes with the huge amount of pictures I took.

Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake (13) Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake (9) I was about to start selling you on how delicious this cake is but decided not to. I think with 15 pictures and the fact that I spent so much time taking so many, sorting, editing, and finally sharing them with the recipe for you today when I should have saved this post a little longer is sufficient in saying how good I think it is. I just couldn’t wait!

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Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 24 servings

Triple Layer Vanilla Velvet Valentine Cake


  • 5 egg whites
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • Frosting:
  • 6 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temp
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons milk


    For Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and grease 3 8-in cake pans with oil. Pour egg whites into bowl of stand mixer and beat until they form stiff peaks. In separate bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add all other ingredients and mix until smooth. Divide batter into pans as evenly as possible. Bake for 25 - 35 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  2. For Frosting:
  3. Beat butter in a large mixing bowl until creamed. Add vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add milk beat until light and fluffy. Add more milk as needed for frosting consistency.
  4. Assemble:
  5. To assemble, spread frosting on one of the cakes and layer a second on top. Repeat for next cake and place the third layer on top. Frost the top and all the sides with remaining frosting until smooth. I did a very basic frosting job and covered it with fresh flowers but feel free to use pastry bags for edging and decorating.
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  1. says

    Oh. my. gosssh!!! Teach me how to make a cake, please?! The last time I tried, the layers starting buckling and sliding off. This is gorgeous, you should be proud Tori! Pinning 🙂

  2. says

    Oh wow, that cake looks so delicious and moist! And all these photos are absolutely gorgeous – I can’t imagine anyone complaining about seeing tons of them!

  3. says

    I almost didn’t see the cake under all those beautiful flowers. It must have taken you a century to decorate. . .and then another century to take the gazillions of pictures. 🙂 The cake looks amazing and I bet is also tasted amazing.

  4. says

    Well this cake is absolutely gorgeous so I don’t blame you one bit! Reminds me of it’s baker too … 🙂 Mmm you had me at triple layer and had me sold with the photos!

  5. Beebah says

    Those pictures are beautiful! Not too many either! I can’t wait to try this recipe! It looks moist, and yummy! I will have to go get some mixed nuts to go with it! LOL! I miss your deserts SO much!
    And I hope you are an Auntie soon too!


  6. says

    Haha…I can totally identify with the taking-way-too-many-pictures thing. But these photos look amazing…it would be tough to cut any of them out! And can we talk about this cake for a minute? Vanilla is probably one of my favorite flavors ever…so I’m pretty sure I could eat this entire cake in one sitting. Not kidding. Pinned!!

  7. Happiness Noel says

    Every picture was done to perfection, the way they were centered, the flowers and petals placed. AMAZING good job. So impressed. The most beautifully presented cake I have ever seen on a blog. BEAUTIFUL. You should be proud and lots of photographs are your trophies and our inspiration. This cake is getting MADE in our house!!!

    • Tori says

      Thank you so much! I love hearing sweet comments but I love it even more to hear that someone is excited to try one of my recipes!

  8. says

    Well I hope you got promoted to auntie this weekend!!

    This cake looks wonderful – I’m a vanilla girl all the way so this is right up my alley!

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