French Vanilla Box Cake Recipes

Ever want to make a french vanilla box cake? There are many recipes for this famous classic. These recipes are great for novice bakers and those who have some experience.

If you are looking for a classic dessert, french vanilla box cake is a must. This recipe takes a little time to mix, but it is well worth it. The key is the vanilla bean paste.

The flavor is so deep and rich that you will love it. For flavor variations, you can add different extracts, such as chocolate or banana extract.

French Vanilla Box Cake Recipes
French Vanilla Box Cake Recipes

But if you want the classic flavor of french vanilla, use traditional vanilla extract instead of the paste version of vanilla extract (the paste has a more substantial and very concentrated form).

How To Prepare French Vanilla Box Cake Recipes?

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

Cooking Time: 40 Minutes

Serving Size: 12 slices


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup butter (melted)
  • One cup water with 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean paste.
  • One box of Pillsbury French Vanilla cake mix.


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

2. Mix flour, sugar, salt, and butter (melted) in a large bowl. Mix well, and then add the water with a paste of vanilla bean extract. Mix well until the batter is fully incorporated.

3. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a wet hand or spatula.

4. Bake for 40 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

5. Let cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before inverting and slicing into 12 pieces.

6. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 178
  • Calories from fat: 94
  • Fat: 11.6g
  • Saturated fat: 7.3g
  • Cholesterol: 32mg
  • Sodium: 46mg
  • Carbohydrate: 23.4g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Protein 6.4g

Why Do They Call It French Vanilla?

They called for vanilla because, in French vanilla, you have a creamy vanilla flavor with a more delicate flavor than pure vanilla extract’s dark, intense flavor.

The French Yellow Cake recipe uses the French Vanilla Cake Mix.

Is French Vanilla Yellow?

Yes, they are both yellow. Egg yolks cause color. The color is perfect yellow. The quality of the egg yolks gives these desserts their golden color.

French vanilla and other dairy products contain more yellow than American recipes because of their extra egg yolks.  

Is Vanilla Or French Vanilla Sweeter?

Vanilla has a much sweeter taste than French vanilla. That’s why the French Vanilla Cake Mix has to use 1 cup of sugar instead of the 1 and a half cups of sugar in cakes that call for pure vanilla extract.

French Vanilla Box Cake Recipes
French Vanilla Box Cake Recipes

What Flavor Goes Well With French Vanilla Cake?

You can pair any flavor of ice cream with the cake, so it is really up to your taste buds. Some popular flavors to complement the French vanilla cake’s delicate, creamy flavor include cherry vanilla, chocolate, or cinnamon (or apple) pie.

How Do You Make A Box Cake Taste Richer?

You can make the cake taste richer by adding a small amount of cream cheese icing. Adding some cream cheese icing gives you a lovely rich and creamy taste with the french vanilla box cake.

How To Store?

French vanilla box cakes can be kept in a refrigerator for 3-5 days, but they do not get stale. The flavor of the cake changes when refrigerated, but the texture will remain, so it is still good.


French vanilla box cake recipes are essential to any birthday, holiday, or family gathering. You will be amazed at how easy these cakes are to make once you master the recipe.

I hope you enjoy the recipe and remember to share it with your friends and family.