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Best Yellow Cake Recipe with chocolate frosting

Best Yellow Cake Recipe

The absolute Best Yellow Cake Recipe that's so moist & delicious. Just like the classic yellow cake grandma made. Perfect for birthdays, parties & more.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cake, yellow cake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
chill time 2 hours
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 slices


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1-2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter – softened
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk


  • Preheat over to 350 degrees.
  • Heavily coat 2- 9″ round baking pans with a non-stick spray like Baker’s Joy. Set aside.
  • Combine flour, cake flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt in a mixing bowl & whisk to sift. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together butter & granulated sugar using the paddle attachment.
  • Combine eggs & yolks into a measuring cup.
  • Pour in eggs, oil & vanilla into butter mixture & continue to beat.
  • Add in 1/3 of the flour mixture & mix until just combined.
  • Pour in 1/2 the buttermilk, mix.
  • Repeat the process again with the remaining flour & buttermilk, scraping down the sides of the bowl between mixing.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick test is clean.
  • Cool in pans at least 10 minutes.
  • Run a knife around the edges to loosen from the pan.
  • Invert the cakes onto a wire rack & continue to cool.
  • After about 20 minutes of cooling, wrap each cake layer in plastic wrap to help the cakes retain their moisture. (especially if you live in a dry climate)
  • Chill the cakes in the refrigerator or freezer prior to decorating to make spreading the frosting easier.
  • Frost with chocolate buttercream frosting.
  • Store in an airtight container.