Combine all ingredients except icing in a large bowl, beat with an electric mixer about 2 minutes until fully incorporated and batter has lightened in color about one shade.
Pour into greased cake pans (we used two 9 inch rounds), and bake at 350 degrees until done (25 minutes for us). Check by inserting a toothpick in the middle, it’s done if the toothpick comes out clean.
We used this super simple cream cheese icing recipe. If you're going to do a naked cake (as pictured, no icing on the sides), a single batch is plenty. If you plan to ice the sides, then make a double batch. And don't forget our magic pan releaseas a substitute for cooking spray.