How to Bake a Cake From Scratch– Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe


Learn how to bake a cake from scratch with this well tested yellow birthday cake recipe.  We made helpful step-by-step videos to guide and assist you in making your first cake without a box mix.  A yellow cake with chocolate frosting is so cheerful and inviting.  One bite of fluffy cake with creamy chocolate frosting can transport you back to childhood.  Don’t be shy if you want to add some colorful sprinkles or go a more sophisticated route with fanciful garnishments.

Baking a cake can be intimidating if it is your first time so be prepared.  Read more about the basic rules of baking and making a perfect cake from scratch with our secrets on how to bake a perfect cake.Homemade Yellow Birthday Cake Recipe:
Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1 Cake


6 tablespoons butter (room temperature)
2 cups of sugar
4 egg yolks, at room temperature
3 eggs, at room temperature
1/2 cup canola oil
1  1/3 cups of sifted cake flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour plus 2 tablespoons
1 teaspoon of salt
1  1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 cup of milk (heavy cream or whole mikl)
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (see recipe below)



Adjust oven racks to the center.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease (or line with parchment paper and grease parchment) three 8-inch round cake pans or one 8 x 12 oblong pan or one standard bundt pan.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl, then whisk the mixture by hand to ensure that the ingredients are well mixed.

In a bowl, using a stand or hand mixer, add the butter chopped into large chunks.  On a low speed, beat the butter until the texture is smooth and creamy (this should take about 30 seconds).  Turn the mixer off and scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Next, turn the mixer back on at medium speed and add in sugar gradually.  Let the butter and sugar be whipped together for a couple of minutes until the butter and sugar are well blended and creamy.  Turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides again.

Turn the mixer back on at low speed and slowly pour in vanilla extract and oil, alternating the two until well combined.  Next, Add in egg and egg yolk one at a time and mix until batter is fluffy.  Once all the eggs are added, turn off the mixer again and scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Turn on the mixer at medium speed, and alternate adding the flour mixture and milk.  Continue to let the mixer beat everything together until the batter is well blended.

Spread batter evenly in cake pan, then tap pan on counter several times to eliminate air bubbles.  Bake cakes until golden for about 35 to 40 minutes.


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