Ultimate Vanilla Celebration Cake by Nielsen-Massey

  • Total Time

    4h 5m
    • Prep Time

      1h 30m
    • Bake Time

      2h 35m
  • Serves


  • Skill Level

  • Dietary Needs

    • Nut free
    • Vegetarian
  • 5 Reviews

    5 star rating

There's cake then there is the Nielsen Massey Ultimate Vanilla Celebration Cake. A classic 4 layer Vanilla sponge cake, infused with a Vanilla syrup to make it extra moist, filled and covered with an indulgent Vanilla Bean buttercream. The pièce de résistance are the Rose Water Meringue Kisses and Macaron decorations. Whilst this cake looks like a real showstopper it actually isn't as complicated as you would think (but your guests don't need to know that!) 


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, gas mark 5). Put some water in a cake tin or roasting tin and set in the bottom of the oven. Prepare four 7" sandwich tins by lining with baking parchment.

  2. Cream together the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon or electric hand whisk, until pale and fluffy.

    • 400g Unsalted Butter (Softened)
    • 400g Billington's Golden Caster Sugar
  3. Add the eggs in 3 parts, beating well after each addition so that the egg is well incorporated. Add the vanilla. Sift the flour into the mixture and fold in lightly with a metal spoon, until the mixture is even. Add the milk and mix.

    • 6 Free Range Large Eggs
    • 1 tsp Nielsen Massey Vanilla Extract
    • 400g Allinson Self-Raising White Flour
    • 3 tbsp Milk (Whole)
  4. Spoon the mix into tins and bake for 20 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

  5. Whilst the cake is cooling make the vanilla syrup by heating together the sugar and vanilla in a pan until all of the sugar has dissolved. 

    • 100g Billington's Golden Caster Sugar
    • 1 tsp Nielsen Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
  6. Carefully poke holes in the top of your sponges and pour over some of the syrup allowing the sponge to soak it up.

  7. To make the buttercream; beat together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla bean paste until soft and fluffy. You can add a drop of milk to loosen the buttercream if needed.

    • 300g Unsalted Butter (Softened)
    • 600g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
    • 1 tbsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
  8. Layer the sponge with jam and buttercream, then coat the whole cake in buttercream. Pop in the fridge to chill before adding an additional layer of buttercream. To get a smooth finish, run a pallet knife under boiling water before smoothing round the cake. 

    • 1 Raspberry Jam (Jar)
  9. Decorate the cake with Rose Water Meringues Kisses and vanilla Macarons.

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  1. 5 star rating

    Amazing cake but can I use oil which will make the cake lighter and fluffier?

    By creaming together butter and sugar, the cake will rise more evenly, creating a fluffier cake and lighter crumb. The advantage of using oil in a cake is that the batter is looser, which helps the texture of the cake as well as makes the cake lighter.
    Happy Baking!

  2. 5 star rating

    I love your recipes! I was wondering if you can tell me how to make this cake with three 8inch cake tins please??

    I would recommend instead of 400g to use 525g.
    8 eggs instead of 6 and 4 tbsp. milk instead of 3.
    Hope this helps.
    Happy Baking!

  3. 5 star rating

    Hi I love you recipes, can you tell me how to make this 3x 8inch - 7 or 8 eggs? Thank you xxx

  4. 5 star rating

    First time I’ve ever made a big cake, everyone loved it and now I’m making it again for my little boys first birthday. The recipe is really easy to follow and the cake is so tasty!

  5. 5 star rating

    It looked amazing and tasted great!!

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