Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
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Perfect Yellow Cake

A rich, buttery, yellow cake that everyone will love!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 sticks butter 1 cup
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 2/3 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 325 and grease extra well (or line with parchment and grease parchment) 2 9 inch round cake pans, 3 8 inch round cake pans, or one 8 x 12 oblong pan or one standard bundt pan*.
  • In a stand mixer, cream butter and add in sugar gradually. Cream until sugar is smooth. Add in one egg at a time and mix until fluffy.
  • Mix the flour with the baking powder and salt.
  • Alternate adding in the flour mixture and milk.
  • Stir in vanilla.
  • Spread batter evenly in cake pan, then tap pan on counter several times to eliminate air bubbles. (I like to drop mine a few times from two inches up, making a great big noisy fuss.) Bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then run a knife around edge of pan. Invert onto rack and discard parchment, then cool completely, about 1 hour.


This cake can be made in a variety of pans. You can use 3 8 inch round cake pans, 2 9 inch round cake pans, one 8 x 12 oblong pan, or one standard bundt pan. Make sure to grease the pans well especially if you're using a bundt pan!!