Yellow Cake Recipe

yellow cake with white frosting
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Prep time
15 minutes
Cooking time
35 minutes
Total time
50 minutes


The yellow cake recipe is a popular choice for cake decorating. The subtle flavor lends itself well to all types of fillings and frostings.

This cake is commonly referred to as a butter cake recipe or a vanilla cake recipe.

You can use this recipe as a base to create a variety of other flavors.

Use cake flour that does not have leavening added to its ingredients. Have all ingredients at room temperature for best results.

Makes Two 8" cakes


2 1⁄2 c
Cake Flour
1 1⁄2 c
3 t
Baking Powder
1 t
1⁄2 c
butter (softened)
1 c
1 1⁄2 t


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour two 8" cake pans.
  3. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer.
  4. Add softened butter and half of milk to the bowl. Beat on low until ingredients are combined.
  5. Add vanilla extract.
  6. Add another 1/4 c. milk and beat on medium speed for one minute.
  7. Add eggs, one at a time, beating between additions.
  8. Add remaining 1/4. c. milk. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed to aerate the batter. Scrape down the bowl and beat, as necessary.
  9. Pour batter into the pans and bake 25 - 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the enter of the cake.
  10. Cool 10 minutes in the pans before inverting onto a wire cake rack.(Flip the cake over twice so the flat side faces down. This will prevent the cake from cracking down the middle as it cools).
  11. Allow the cakes to cool completely before filling and frosting.


Other yellow cake recipe flavor options:

You can easily vary this recipe by replacing the vanilla extract with almond extract, for a hint of almond flavor.

To create a marble cake recipe, follow the directions for the yellow cake recipe. Pour 1/3 of the batter into each cake pan. Return the bowl to the electric mixer and add 1/2 c. cocoa powder. Beat on low until just combined. Spoon 1/2 the chocolate batter atop the yellow cake batter in each cake pan. Use a butter knife to swirl the chocolate batter into the yellow cake batter. Do not overmix the two batters or you will just create a lighter colored chocolate cake in the center of a yellow cake. Bake the cakes as per the yellow cake recipe, above.

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