Basic Yellow Cake Recipe

There’s nothing more classic than a homemade yellow cake. Whether you’re baking it for birthday party or just for fun, this basic cake recipe is bound to be an instant favorite. Pair it with a delicious homemade chocolate buttercream icing for a treat that will certainly stand the test of time. Light, moist, and oh so sweet, this homemade yellow cake is the perfect canvas for decorating.
Makes: 12 Servings
Skill Level: None

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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom of two 8-inch round cake pans and line with waxed paper or parchment paper. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. Cream sugar and butter together until light. Add eggs and vanilla to creamed mixture and beat until thoroughly mixed. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Continue beating one minute. Spread batter evenly in prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool layers in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool completely. Fill and frost as desired.

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sifted cake flour

3 cups sifted cake flour

baking powder

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder


1/2 teaspoons salt


1 3/4 cups sugar

butter or margarine

2/3 cup butter or margarine


2 eggs


1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla


1 1/4 cups milk




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How to Make a Yellow Cake
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