What Is Cake Batter Flavoring Used For?

For my son’s birthday, he asked for a cake batter flavored cake, and I thought, “Doesn’t cake already taste like… cake?” But, oh, I was so wrong! His little request sent me on a journey to discovering the many uses of cake batter flavoring. It’s been really fun seeing the different baked goods I can jazz up with a dash of cake batter! Have you ever pondered: what is this flavoring used for, too? Let me share what I found out!

What can you put THIS flavoring in?

This flavoring can only be added to bakery items and ice cream. Let’s get that straight from the get go here. Don’t try to be a hero and find a way to have cake batter flavored lasagna or anything! But, what baked goods or ice cream are best for that cake batter flavor to be imparted to?

I found that any baked good or ice cream that is vanilla flavored is perfect for adding some cake batter flavoring to. Why? Because vanilla is like chicken; it can take a lot of different flavors added to it because its own flavor is very mild and lends itself well to add-ons.

Adding cake batter flavoring to ice cream

Vanilla ice cream, especially the homemade kind, is a pretty perfect candidate for cake batter flavoring! And, sprinkles! Making confetti cake batter vanilla ice cream is super fun and delicious. Kids love the flavor. A word of caution though. The flavoring is kind of dark so your lovely white color will darken to a yellow. It’s still pretty, but looks more like yellow cake than white cake, if you can picture it.

Adding cake batter flavoring to cookies

What’s the best cookie to add cake batter flavoring to? Vanilla sugar cookies! There’s not a whole lot of competing flavors in a plain sugar cookie, so the cake batter taste and smell can really come through. The cookies cook the same when a little cake batter flavoring is added so don’t worry about your cookie consistency. For an extra layer of fun, throw in some confetti or white chocolate chips.

Can you add cake batter flavoring to chocolate flavored desserts?

In my opinion, cake batter and chocolate don’t really mix. The chocolate overpowers the cake batter flavor and you can’t really taste it anyway. Plus, when I want to indulge in chocolate, I want rich, dark chocolate taste and I don’t want anything impeding that! Chocolate ice cream is the same; stick to vanilla when thinking about adding cake batter flavoring.

Adding cake batter to cake

So, the moment you’ve all been waiting for! Did my son get his cake batter flavored cake after all?

The answer is… of course! I was planning on making a vanilla cake anyway, so adding the cake batter flavoring just upped it a notch. The cake batter flavor intensified on top of the actual cake batter flavor of “just cake.”

The color of the cake darkened a bit by adding the cake batter flavoring, but the consistency and texture of the cake remained the same. And hey, since this was a special cake, we went for 4 layers!

If you prefer cupcakes over cake, go right ahead and add the flavoring to cupcakes. Just make sure you’re adding the flavoring to vanilla cupcakes. You may be able to add cake batter flavoring to another mild flavor of cake like strawberry or cotton candy, but agin, like with chocolate, people don’t really like obstructing another flavor.

Vanilla really is the magic flavor that can take additions, whereas other flavors can’t.


Q1: Is McCormick Cake Batter Flavoring the Same as Butternut Flavoring?

  • A: Not exactly! The McCormick flavoring has its own unique, sweet, and buttery profile that mimics the taste of classic cake batter. On the other hand, butternut flavoring combines a nutty, buttery essence with a hint of vanilla. While both add deliciousness to your bakes, they bring different taste experiences to the table.

Q2: Can You Flavor a Cake with Extracts?

  • A: Absolutely! Extracts are like magic potions in the baking world. Vanilla, almond, lemon, or even peppermint – the options are endless. Just a few drops can transform your cake from plain to extraordinary, infusing it with rich and intricate flavors.
Q3: What Do You Do with Cake Batter Extract?
  • A: Cake batter extract isn’t just for cakes! Here are some creative uses:
    • In Baking: Enhance cookies, cupcakes, and frostings.
    • Desserts: Spruce up your puddings, custards, or ice cream.
    • Beverages: Add a twist to milkshakes or coffee.
    • Breakfast: Level up pancakes or French toast batter.
    • DIY Treats: Create your own flavored lip balms or sugar scrubs.

Q4: What is Cake Batter Flavoring Made Of?

  • A: Typically, it’s a blend of vanilla extract, butter flavoring, and sometimes, hints of almond. Manufacturers might add coloring or other natural flavors to achieve that nostalgic cake batter taste.

Q5: How Much Flavor Extract to Add to Box Cake Mix?

  • A: As a rule of thumb, start with 1 teaspoon of extract for a standard box of cake mix. However, feel free to adjust according to your taste buds! Remember, it’s easier to add more than to fix an overly flavored cake.

For great flavor pairing combinations, check out this chart:

Cake FlavorIdeal Pairing
ChocolateRaspberry or Mint
VanillaStrawberry or Caramel
Red VelvetCream Cheese
LemonBlueberry or Coconut
CarrotWalnuts or Cinnamon

If you’d like to try the recipe for this moist and delicious cake batter flavored cake, let us know how it turned out in the comments! And, check out some of our delicious savory recipes, too!

Cake Batter Flavored cake

Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This moist and soft vanilla and birthday cake batter flavored cake is the best cake to serve for special occasions!


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 4 large eggs, room temperature

  • 2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp cake batter flavoring


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour two round 9-inch cake pans. Put parchment paper at the bottom of each pan, too.
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each one. Add the vanilla extract and cake batter flavoring.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and add the milk, alternating in batches and mixing after each addition. Don’t overmix.
  • Pour the batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let the cakes cool before removing from pans.


  • Add confetti for extra fun!

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