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Yellow Cake Recipe

Yellow Cake Recipe

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What You'll Need:

  • 3/4 Cup of Softened Butter (salted or unsalted, depending on your preference)
  • 1/2 Cups of Granulated Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs
  • 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • Optional: 2 Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder (to make a chocolate cake) or 1/8 Cup of Almond, Orange, Lemon, or Other Flavored Extract (to make a flavored yellow cake)
  • Optional: Several Drops of Food Coloring (to tint your cake, if desired)
  • 3 Cups of Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • Shortening, Extra Butter or Baking Spray (to grease your pans)
  • 2 Round Cake Pans for a Layer Cake, 1 Rectangular Cake Pan for a Sheet Cake, or 1 Shaped Cake Pan
  • A Whisk or Electric Mixer
  • A Spatula
  • A Few Toothpicks
  • A Baking Rack
  • A Plate or Serving Platter

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally as you mix.
  3. Slowly beat the eggs, vanilla extract and milk into the butter and sugar mixture. If you are adding food coloring and/or an additional flavored extract or cocoa powder, mix them in, too.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift together the baking powder, salt and flour.
  5. Mix the sifted dry ingredients in with the wet ingredients a little bit at a time, and continue mixing until all of the ingredients are well-blended.
  6. Grease your baking pan(s) using the shortening or extra butter, and then flour them lightly. Gently tap out the excess flour. (Note: If you use baking spray, you don't need to flour the pans.)
  7. Pour the batter equally into the greased and floured cake pan(s).
  8. Bake the cakes for approximately 30 minutes or until they pass the "toothpick test."
  9. Let the cake(s) cool on a baking rack for at least 15 minutes, and then turn them out of their pans. Let them cool completely before icing and decorating your cake.