Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Prepare two 8" round cake pans with parchment paper lining the bottom and lightly spray the sides with cooking spray.
Add dry ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer and mix for 15-20 seconds on low.
Add wet ingredients to dry and mix on low for 30 seconds.
Turn mixer speed to medium-high and mix for 2 minutes.
Pour batter into the two prepared 8" round cake pans.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 28-30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool on cooling racks for 15 minutes before removing from pans.
Once cakes are completely cooled, use a sharp serrated knife to level the tops and sprinkle lightly with simple syrup.
Wrap cakes tightly with clear food service film and chill for at least 30 minutes - 1 hour before frosting.