Close up photo of a slice of yellow cake with chocolate frosting on a white plate.

Yellow Cake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 12 people
Author Rebecca
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
A classic Yellow Cake recipe is something everyone should have in their arsenal. This old fashioned cake is made with a rich blend of butter, eggs, and buttermilk for a tender and butter cake that's perfect for birthdays and everyday celebrations!

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 2 large egg yolks room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk room temperature

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 325°F and spray two 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and line the bottoms with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl with a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, cream together the sugar, oil, butter, and vanilla.
  • Add the eggs and egg yolks one at a time beating after each addition just until combined.
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold in the dry ingredients in 3 parts alternating with the buttermilk in 2 parts. Begin and end with the dry ingredients. Gently fold until only very small lumps remain. DO NOT use an electric mixer for this step.
  • Evenly divide the batter between the two prepared cake pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. A toothpick should come clean from the center when done.
  • Transfer the cake pans to a wire rack and allow the cakes to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing and allowing to cool completely (about 1 hour) before frosting. Once cooled, frost and assemble the cake as desired.

Recipe Notes

  • Nutritional information does not include frosting.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 385, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 286mg, Potassium: 136mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 27g, Vitamin A: 448IU, Calcium: 71mg, Iron: 1mg