Celebrating Baking a Moment’s first birthday with a classic yellow buttermilk layer cake with fudgy chocolate frosting, and a giveaway from KitchenAid.

Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting | Baking a Moment

Even though I’ve been thinking about this post for months, here I am, finally sitting down to write it, at the last possible minute.

There’s just so much on my heart, it’s hard to even know where to begin!

The thing is, Baking a Moment is something I’ve put my whole heart into.  On this day, and with pretty much every one of the 156 posts I’ve written, since starting this blog one year ago today.

Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream | Baking a Moment

It’s like my third child, and I love it.  For so many reasons.  I love it because it gives me a reason to get into my kitchen and challenge myself.  I love it because it led me to photography, which is so fulfilling to me creatively.  I love it because it helped me to realize how much I enjoy writing, too.

But most of all, I love it because it brought me to you.  I hope that doesn’t come off sounding corny, because I mean it so sincerely.  Creating a post is fun and exciting, and I totally lose myself in the process of building it, but it doesn’t hold a candle to that warm, happy feeling that comes over me when I return to it later, to find such sweet and kind and encouraging words from you, my readers.

Every single word I read from you, every single “like,” or “follow,” or “pin,” even just looking at my stats and knowing that you’re there, without ever even hearing a peep from you, is just such a tremendous joy to me.

So thank you.  Thank you for reading.  And thank you to the other bloggers who have welcomed me into this community so graciously.  I feel so immensely proud and blessed to be a part of it!

Now.  Enough of the mushy stuff!  Let’s talk cake 😀

Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting | Baking a Moment

This is a straight-up, good old-fashioned yellow buttermilk cake with chocolate buttercream.  Just like grandma used to make.  Vintage.  Diner-style.  What could be better for a birthday celebration?!  Am I right?

I based it off of my Even Simpler, More Perfect Vanilla Cupcake recipe, but used buttermilk instead of Greek yogurt.  It bakes up incredibly moist.  It’s got a beautifully fine crumb, and a gloriously buttery vanilla flavor.  This will be your go-to yellow cake recipe, for sure.  It really doesn’t get any better than this, my friends!

Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting | Baking a Moment

You can bake it in two 8-inch pans (double the recipe), or do like I did and get a smaller 6-inch diameter cake with thicker layers.  I just love the look of a 6-inch cake.

To prevent the layers from puffing up too much in the oven and getting that big hump in the middle (that you’ll have to slice off and discard- nothing’s more sad than wasted cake!), bake it at a slightly lower temperature, and extend it’s time in the oven a bit to make up for it.

The frosting is an American-style buttercream, but with a slight twist.  My heart belongs to Swiss meringue buttercream, and it probably always will, but this one takes a close second.  There’s a little bit of cream cheese that just makes it so rich, and so fudgy.  It really is a delicious recipe, and I found it in The Brown Betty Cookbook, which was written by the two women who founded the legendary Philadelphia bakery.  Philly foodies, ftw!

Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting | Baking a Moment

And now it’s time for me to put my money where my mouth is.  I told you I loved you!  I told you I appreciate you!  Now I’m showing you just how much:

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway | Baking a Moment

One very lucky reader will receive their very own, brand spankin’ new KitchenAid mixer, just like the one I use in my own kitchen.  Almost every day.  For close to fifteen years.  I’m telling you, this thing is a workhorse!  You will love having this beautiful, solidly built and powerful appliance in your kitchen.  It’s like my right hand!  HUGE thank you’s go to KitchenAid for providing this fabulous prize!

And huge thanks to the four other bloggers that you see there, that are also helping me to celebrate my first blog anniversary!  These women have become my support system, and I love each one of them so much!  We talk nearly every day and I feel so grateful that they have come into my life.  They are all so hardworking, talented, and inspiring!  Their blogs are fabulous!  You should definitely subscribe 😉  Or at the very least, follow them using the PromoSimple widget below.  It will get you extra entries for the giveaway if you do!

The giveaway:  Eligible to one (1) winner residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.  Must be 18 years of age to enter giveaway.  Starts 8 am 6/12/2014 (EST time) and ends 7:59 am 6/26/2014 (EST time).  To enter the giveaway, you must participate in at minimum, one of the listed entries in the Rafflecopter and an email address must be provided.  Winner will be announced via email and must respond to the subject line: “Congratulations You’ve Won Baking a Moment’s KitchenAid Giveaway” from BakingAMoment@gmail.com within 24 hours of deliverance.  Failure to respond will forfeit your chance in winning and a new winner will be chosen.  KitchenAid will ship the product directly to the winner.  Please be advised items may appear different from the photo shown.  Baking a Moment and its owner are not held responsible for missing/broken items received by the winner.  Good luck and thank you for your entries.  There will be more fun recipes, as well as giveaways coming soon!  See more at https://bakingamoment.com.

Good luck! And thank you so much for making Baking a Moment’s first year an amazing one!!! Here’s to year two 😉

*The Stand Mixer prize for this giveaway is being provided  free of charge, by KitchenAid.  All opinions stated here are straight from my heart.*

Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting | Baking a Moment

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Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Cooling Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hrs 25 mins

Celebrate the next birthday or special occasion with this classic yellow buttermilk cake with chocolate buttercream frosting.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: yellow cake, yellow cake with chocolate frosting
Servings: 10
Calories: 504 kcal
For the Yellow Cake:
For the Chocolate Frosting:
To Make the Yellow Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Lightly mist (2) 6-inch cake pans with non-stick spray and line with parchment.

  2. Place the first 6 (dry) ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and mix on low speed to combine.
  3. Add the butter, stirring on low speed until the mixture resembles damp sand (about a minute).
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl to be sure all of the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  5. Add the buttermilk and vanilla extract. Stir until fully combined.
  6. Divide the batter equally between the two pans, and bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs.

  7. Cool completely before frosting.

To Make the Chocolate Frosting:
  1. Place the cream cheese and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and mix until smooth.
  2. Add the butter and beat until combined.
  3. Stir in the cocoa and corn syrup on low speed. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  4. Add the milk, a little at a time, while whipping, until the frosting reaches a spreadable consistency.
Nutrition Facts
Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 504 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 231mg10%
Potassium 169mg5%
Carbohydrates 71g24%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 54g60%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 749IU15%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.