You can add fun flavors and colors to cakes, but sometimes what a party really needs is a classic yellow birthday cake. Yellow cake, traditional for birthdays, is rich in color and flavor thanks to the use of real butter and eggs. Paired with classic chocolate frosting, this birthday cake recipe whips up a festive treat that everyone will enjoy!
Classic Yellow Birthday Cake
4 large eggs
½ cup milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups cake flour
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces and softened
PREHEAT oven to 350° F degrees.
PREPARE 2 8-inch cake pans with cooking spray, or 2 (12-cup) cupcake tins with liners.
COMBINE eggs, milk and vanilla and set aside.
WHISK together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.
ADD pieces of butter one at a time on low speed.
BEAT on medium for 1 minute after all butter has been added.
POUR liquid mixture into butter mixture, reserving ½ cup of liquid. Mix for 1 minute.
SCRAPE side of the bowl and add remaining liquid mixture. Mix until well incorporated.
DIVIDE batter evenly into prepared pans.
BAKE 8-inch cakes for 25 minutes, cupcakes for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs.
COOL completely before frosting.