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Yellow Cake

I’ve been searching for a good Yellow Cake recipe for some time now.  I’ve finally found a keeper!

Yellow Cake

I’m one of those crazy people who is in love with every flavor of cake EXCEPT chocolate.  Give me vanilla or white any day, I’ll seriously jump up and down for spice cake, lemon is luscious and red velvet is a major favorite.  I feel the same way about yellow cake.  It’s just simply flavored and buttery.  Chocolate = not so exciting to me.

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

I’m sort of okay with chocolate frosting though.  It’s kind of like topping vanilla ice cream with hot fudge… it just works brilliantly well.  This smooth, velvety, rich and fabulous chocolate frosting recipe I shared yesterday works nicely with yellow cake.  So get on that and print it out if you haven’t already.  You’ll want to have it on hand for future baking of cakes and cupcakes because it’s that awesome.  The yellow cake here is pretty major too.  The texture is fluffy and perfect.  And the flavor is spot-on.  The two layers rise up nicely to the top of the pan, and they’ll rise up even and flat too if you use CAKE STRIPS, which I recommend to every single person I know.  They WORK, and you will want to use them on every cake you bake.

Yellow Cake Recipe

And there is my keeper-recipe Yellow Cake.  I must say that it turned out exactly as I was hoping.  It was quite delicious, and I would love to be able to share a slice with you!  Since that’s not really possible, go forth and make this cake for the people in your life!  You’ll make those people really happy… because everyone needs a little cake now and then.

Yield: One 9-inch 2-layer cake

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 30 min

Yellow Cake


3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated white sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two 9-inch round cake pans with nonstick baking spray (or grease and flour them). I like to line them with rounds of parchment- it helps with getting the cake out of the pan intact.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. In a larger bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter. Beat in the sugar and mix until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the dry ingredients in two parts- mix in half of the dry ingredients, then half of the milk, then the rest of the dry ingredients, and then the rest of the milk + vanilla. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl as you are mixing to incorporate all of the ingredients.

3. Divide the batter between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 20 to 25 minutes, then run a knife along the edge of each pan and invert onto a rack to cool completely. Be sure to peel off the parchment paper and toss it!

4. Your cakes are ready to frost, or you can wrap them and keep them overnight until you are ready to frost your cake. I recommend using the Chocolate Frosting Recipe on this site for the Yellow Cake. It makes plenty of frosting for a two-layer cake.

SOURCE: (Adapted a little from Food and Wine magazine)

46 Responses to “Yellow Cake”

  1. postedSep 18, 2014 4:08 AM

    That looks flawless! Nothing like an old-fashioned yellow cake. 🙂

  2. postedSep 18, 2014 4:31 AM

    I love yellow cake, but hate dry cake. Yours looks fabulous and I can’t wait to try it 🙂

  3. postedSep 18, 2014 5:00 AM

    What a great looking cake and I just posted a vanilla cake yesterday and my opening line was you’ll never miss the chocolate because like you, I honestly love white or yellow cakes so much! I mean I do like chocolate cake, but the right yellow or white cake? YES!! Yours is PERFECT. I can see how fluffy and great it is! And that frosting, okay, that’s the chocolate fix I need 🙂 pinned!

  4. postedSep 18, 2014 5:01 AM

    I adore yellow cake! And this frosting – yum! Pinned!

  5. postedSep 18, 2014 5:03 AM

    Do you think you could substitute butter, milk for a low fat version. Would you have a healthy low fat vanilla icing

    • postedSep 21, 2014 12:07 PM

      I’m not big on trying to sub lower fat ingredients in baking as they don’t usually turn out a good result. So I can’t recommend, sorry!

  6. postedSep 18, 2014 5:35 AM

    I like chocolate but not some of the artificial chocolate flavor found in many things. Your yellow cake looks very moist — the way a cake should be. I am definitely pinning and trying this.

  7. postedSep 18, 2014 6:34 AM
    Gayla Bauer

    Finally a person after my own heart! I’m not all excited over chocolate cake either. I’m not good at making cake from scratch but I’m going to try yours because it looks really, really good. Thank you!!!

  8. postedSep 18, 2014 8:09 AM

    Yellow cake is one of my favorites!! Love this one.

  9. postedSep 18, 2014 8:16 AM

    Looks so yummy! One question though. …do you sift the flour after you measure the 3 cups or before you measure 3 cups? Thank you!

    • postedSep 18, 2014 8:34 AM

      I set the sifter over the bowl and measure 3 cups directly into my sifter.

  10. postedSep 18, 2014 8:32 AM

    We should have a non chocolate lovers club! Wondering how many are out there!

  11. postedSep 18, 2014 9:09 AM

    I have been searching and baking and trying to find the perfect yellow cake too . . pinned and can’t wait to try this recipe, Lori!

  12. postedSep 18, 2014 9:25 AM

    Gotta love classic yellow cake with chocolate frosting!

  13. postedSep 18, 2014 9:41 AM

    I need to make this now! It looks awesome!

  14. postedSep 18, 2014 9:45 AM

    That totally looks like a keeper to me! I love a simple yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Classic and sweet! One of the many perfect and delicious cakes we learned to make in pastry school for any occasion.

  15. postedSep 18, 2014 3:16 PM

    You sound just like my daughter…in a house full of chocoholics, this is her kind of cake. I’m saving this for her next birthday! Perfect.

  16. postedSep 18, 2014 5:52 PM

    Lori does this frosted cake freeze well?

    • postedSep 21, 2014 12:06 PM

      I’m not sure as I have not frozen it. Maybe it might dry out a little?

  17. postedSep 19, 2014 5:16 AM

    Beautiful Lori!! Nothing like a good slice of buttery yellow cake with chocolate frosting!

  18. postedSep 19, 2014 5:34 AM

    You frosted this absolutely beautifully Lori! And yellow cake is my husband’s favorite so I’ll definitely be trying this for him 🙂 Pinned!

  19. postedSep 19, 2014 8:30 AM

    My husband adores yellow cake with chocolate frosting….thanks for this recipe, I shall make it one day!

  20. postedSep 19, 2014 8:31 AM

    I LOVE cake and I love chocolate but I’m with you, I don’t love chocolate cake or really even chocolate frosting. White cake with white frosting (double the frosting please!) and I’m in heaven. Thanks for the tip about baking strips. I’ve never heard of them and will need to get some.

  21. postedSep 19, 2014 12:36 PM

    I grew up eating yellow cake — out of a box, yes — but never think to make it these days. This is such a deliciously classic cake, and it has to be extra amazing with that incredible frosting! Pinning.

  22. postedSep 19, 2014 2:33 PM

    You can definitely cut me a slice of this yellow cake.. it looks so delicious!

  23. postedSep 19, 2014 6:53 PM

    This looks super moist and delicious!!

  24. postedSep 20, 2014 7:47 PM

    This cake is gorgeous Lori! My husband is the chocoholic when it comes to cakes but I love love love yellow cake! I’ve been on the hunt for a great recipe and can’t wait to find yours. It looks perfect – pinned!

  25. postedSep 20, 2014 10:11 PM

    Everyone needs a good yellow cake recipe! This looks perfect!

  26. postedSep 21, 2014 7:29 PM

    This cake looks perfect as well as that gorgeous chocolate frosting!


  27. postedSep 22, 2014 9:40 PM

    made this yesterday for my sons bday and it was a to dry: /,probably won’t make again but it was good

    • postedSep 24, 2014 7:54 PM

      Oh no! Mine was not dry at all. Any chance you are at a higher altitude or you may have baked it too long?

  28. postedSep 25, 2014 11:20 PM

    I think I baked it just right tho…And I don’t really know what higher altitude ok ,I’ll bake it one more time soon : )

  29. postedOct 1, 2014 1:58 PM
    Candace Frazier

    I am an experienced baker and I was very disappointed at how this recipe came out. The cake layers rose beautifully, but had no flavor and were dry. I also made the chocolate frosting you suggested. I was bitter, and never got to a spreading consistency. The ingredients for this cake were by no means cheap and I am sorry I wasted them and my time on these recipes.

    • postedOct 11, 2014 7:17 AM

      That’s a bummer. The recipe comes from Food and Wine magazine. It turned out great for me (twice!) Sorry you did not enjoy it.

  30. postedOct 5, 2014 7:51 PM

    Hi! I just saw this. It’s the first yellow cake recipe I saw on pinterest and pinned it. I went in the kitchen and immediately made it. My husband loves yellow cake. They are in the oven as I type. It was super easy to make! It looks beautiful and I can’t wait to taste!

    • postedOct 7, 2014 11:13 AM

      Hope you like it!

  31. postedDec 14, 2014 9:59 AM

    Can I use cake floor instead of all purpose flour?

    • postedDec 15, 2014 7:58 PM

      No- they have different functions

  32. postedFeb 11, 2015 8:40 PM
    Lynn thomas

    Can you use unbleached flour in yellow cake recipe?

  33. postedMar 9, 2015 11:23 AM

    Do you know about how many cupcakes this recipe would make?

    • postedMar 21, 2015 7:00 AM

      A two layer cake should always turn out about 24 cupcakes. Maybe a little more.

  34. postedJul 13, 2015 7:01 PM
    Kristen Whitcomb

    Maybe Candice used cake flour…because I have been a cake maker for over 30  years-this was moist and favorful. I have deleted all my other yellow cake recipes. This is the only one I’ll use  now   . My hubby and 3  sons  agreed it was fabulous yellow cake. Appreciate your posting i t!Rave erviews from me to you!

  35. postedSep 11, 2017 3:29 PM

    Can I use this recipe to make cupcakes, I’m looking for a yellow cupcake recipe if you have one.

    • postedSep 11, 2017 8:36 PM

      They should bake up just fine as cupcakes!

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