Cake recipes #1: My new go to yellow cake

This is my new favorite yellow cake, called the best birthday cake by If you haven’t checked out this blog it is a must! So many recipes and wonderful tips.


  • 4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (480 grams) cake flour (not self-rising)
  • 2 teaspoons (10 grams) baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon (5 grams) table salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup, 1/2 pound or 225 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (400 grams) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups buttermilk (475 ml), well-shaken


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter two 9-inch round cake pans and line with circles of parchment paper, then butter parchment. (Alternately, you can use a cooking spray, either with just butter or butter and flour to speed this process up.)
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy, then beat in vanilla. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. At low speed, beat in buttermilk until just combined (mixture will look curdled). Add flour mixture in three batches, mixing until each addition is just Incorporated.
  3. Spread batter evenly in cake pan, then rap pan on counter several times to eliminate air bubbles. (I like to drop mine a few times from two inches up, making a great big noisy fuss.) Bake until golden and a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then run a knife around edge of pan. Invert onto rack and discard parchment, then cool completely, about 1 hour.

So lovely and moist, enjoy!

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Tara, Nova Scotia,

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Michal Bulla ...

Woohoo, our first recipe and it will be the first one forever ;) Thanks.

Valley Kool Cakes (well half of it~Tara) ...

Happy to be the first of many, I am sure. I’m baking it right now actually =)

Elena Z ...

Have you ever tried replacing the buttermilk with sourcream? I hardly ever have buttermilk on hand so I usually just substitute with SC in a recipe that calls for it. I’ll give it a whirl! Always looking for a better yellow cake! Thank you! :)

Valley Kool Cakes (well half of it~Tara) ...

No I haven’t but that is a great idea! Let me know if it works out. Meybe I will give it a go the next time as well =)

StuckOnTheFarm ...

EZ, if you don’t have buttermilk on hand you can always add a bit of lemon juice to milk and let it sit for a couple minutes, it will give you the same effect.

Valley Cool, does this cake stand up to being covered in fondant? Thx :)

CrystalMemories ...

I used this yesterday on my daughter’s horse cake and it got rave reviews from the guests. Also, her cake was fondant covered with part of a 6" and a gum paste horse on top and I did not notice one bit of sagging…so I would say “Yes, it holds up to fondant covering” :) Thank you for the recipe!!

Valley Kool Cakes (well half of it~Tara) ...

So sorry StuckonTheFarm, I just saw your post. And as CrystalR said it does hold up under fondant. I have had no problems with it at all.
I am so glad that it was a hit CrystalR!

StuckOnTheFarm ...

lol! thanks Valley Kool. :) I haven’t tried it yet, but looking forward to it!

FatCat ...

Unsalted butter is not something I have on hand on a regular basis. Do you know if salted butter or margarine would be OK? I could always reduce the added salt.
Thanks :)

Valley Kool Cakes (well half of it~Tara) ...

Hi Fat Cat, If I don’t have unsalted butter I use regular butter, I have not tried margarine in this particular recipe. But I use it in the vegan cakes I have made. And if you find you are sensitive to the salt just reduce the amount added, I find it doesn’t make a difference, I have had it both ways and yummy each time.

FatCat ...

Thanks so much, I can’t wait to try it.
I am in the process of finding the perfect recipe that I can confidently use for orders. Up until recently I used a mix that I bought from our local baking supply shop and my clients would request that cake but something has changed and the cakes shrink and have crates in the centre so I am trying out new scratch cake recipes. My favourite so far is an oil based recipe.

Mikooklin's Cakery ...

How many cups does this make? I need 10 cups. Should I double this recipe for that?

Valley Kool Cakes (well half of it~Tara) ...

Yes, I would double it to be safe.

CrystalMemories ...

I’m making this again :)…and I just saw the question about how many cups of batter it makes…it’s right at 8 cups, just FYI…