Classic Yellow Cake

Classic Yellow Cake

4.7(975)

Buttery vanilla meets creamy chocolate in this easy take on classic yellow cake. Want to give your guests something more to smile about? Let it rain rainbow sprinkles!

Cook Time
30 minutes
Total Time
55 minutes
Yield
16 servings

How to Make It

1. Step
Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and line 2 9-inch (22 cm) round cake pans with parchment paper.
2. Step
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3–5 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl 2–3 times. Add eggs and the egg yolk, 1 at a time, beating for 30 seconds between each addition, or until just combined. Add the vanilla and beat until incorporated.
3. Step
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
4. Step
Add ¼ of the dry ingredients to the batter and beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds, or until fully combined. Add ¼ of the buttermilk and mix for another 30 seconds, until well incorporated. Continue alternating with the remaining dry ingredients and buttermilk. Beat for 3 minutes more.
5. Step
Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans. Bake the cake for 25–30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven and let cool slightly, then remove from the pans and let cool completely on a wire rack.
6. Step
Make the frosting: In a large bowl, cream together the butter, cocoa powder, and salt with an electric hand mixer on medium speed until very thick and well incorporated, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
7. Step
Turn the mixer speed to low and gradually alternate adding the powdered sugar and milk. As the sugar is incorporated, increase the speed of the mixer. Add the vanilla and beat until the frosting is smooth and fluffy, about 1 minute.The frosting will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Bring to room temperature before frosting the cake.
8. Step
Add a small dollop of frosting to a cake stand. Arrange four pieces of parchment paper around it. Place 1 cake round on the stand. Add a large dollop of frosting to the top of the first cake and spread evenly. Add the remaining cake layer on top and frost completely.
9. Step
Decorate the top with rainbow sprinkles, if desired.
10. Step
Remove the parchment paper. Slice and serve.
11. Step
Enjoy!

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