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Yellow cake recipe, baked in 3 layers, frosted with chocolate buttercream, and served on a pale green plate.
Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
40 mins

Moist & buttery yellow cake recipe from scratch! A true classic with chocolate buttercream, this easy recipe is made from basic pantry staples.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make yellow cake, what flavor is yellow cake, yellow cake, yellow cake from scratch, yellow cake recipe
Servings: 10
Calories: 745 kcal
For the Yellow Cake Layers:
For the Easy Chocolate Frosting:
To Make the Yellow Cake Layers:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F, mist three 6-inch cake pans* with non-stick spray, and line them with circles cut from parchment paper.

  2. Place the cake flour, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer, and stir on low speed to combine.

  3. Add the butter, mixing on medium-low speed until the mixture resembles damp sand (about 1 minute).

  4. Mix in the eggs and the additional yolk until fully incorporated.

  5. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula, then add the sour cream, milk, and vanilla.

  6. Mix on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, to aerate the batter and build the cake's structure.

  7. Divide the batter equally between the prepared pans, and bake until the edges are golden brown, the cake feels springy when pressed, and a toothpick inserted in the thickest partcomes out clean (approximately 35 to 45 minutes).

  8. Cool completely before filling and frosting.

To Make the Easy Chocolate Frosting:
  1. Place the butter, salt, and cocoa powder in a large mixing bowl, and add about 1/3 of the powdered sugar.

  2. With an electric mixer, beat on medium speed until combined.

  3. Add the remaining powdered sugar (in 2 more additions), beating until combined.

  4. Stir in the cream** and vanilla, then turn the mixer up to medium-high speed and whip the frosting until light and fluffy.

Recipe Notes

*Can also be made in three 6-inch or two 9-inch pans, in one 9x13 baking pan, or as 24 cupcakes.  Adjust bake time as needed.

**The amount of cream needed can vary. Start with 3 tablespoons and add more if necessary. You just want it to have a nice spreadable consistency, without being too loose or runny.

For more info on the frosting recipe, click here: Easy Chocolate Frosting.

Nutrition Facts
Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 745 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Fat 40g62%
Saturated Fat 25g156%
Cholesterol 155mg52%
Sodium 414mg18%
Potassium 231mg7%
Carbohydrates 94g31%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 68g76%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1269IU25%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 81mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.