I’m a scratch baker and have been searching and trying a ton of yellow cakes to find the perfect one. I think this might be it!


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp butter flavoring
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cups whole milk


    Pre-heat oven to 350. Grease and flour 9×13.
    Cream shortening and sugar very well.
    Add eggs one at a time and also add vanilla & butter flavor.
    In seperate bowl sift dry ingedients together and add alternating with milk.
    Bake 40-45 min


MeeMaw12 Says... 24 Sep 2010 , 4:55am

This is almost the same yellow cake that I've been baking since high school, for 44 years! The only difference is 3 cups of flour. I got this recipe from the Auburn University cookbook dated 1966; it's called "Standard Butter Cake". It tastes delicious, just as I'm sure yours does.

treit333 Says... 24 Sep 2010 , 6:00am

you do mean shortening-not butter right?

rb822 Says... 25 Sep 2010 , 1:45pm

any idea if i can substitute margarine for the shortening?

calicopurr Says... 29 Sep 2010 , 9:23pm

Why don't you try it treit333 and rb822 and let us know?

JenniferF Says... 30 Sep 2010 , 1:33pm

I made this recipe this afternoon and it was really, really good. I have also been trying out scratch recipes but didn't find anything as good as this. It's not as yellow as I expected with four yolks, but I'll just call it vanilla cake. Yum. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It will save me from baking another two dozen test recipes!

FonDont Says... 12 Oct 2010 , 6:24am

I'm going to try 1/2 c. real butter, and 1/2 c. shortening. I'm into cakes for the flavor, and try to use butter whenever possible, but sometimes shortening is necessary to achieve the best results in a recipe.

lyndim Says... 8 Nov 2010 , 11:51am

I tried this recipe twice! First time, came up short on flavor, so I added a bit more butter flavor and butter flavor shortening. The flavor was a bit better. So my search continues for scartch yellow cake.

Rhonlynn Says... 16 Jun 2011 , 8:00pm

This is really good. I don't like my butter flavoring, but in this cake, it tasted good. Enough batter to make an 8 x 3, 6 x 2 and a 5 x 2. I didn't change anything, except I used hi ratio shortening, and added 1/4 t spoon of almond extract. I use Penzey;s double strength vanilla. This is very good. It will be what I use. It did take it a long time for the 8 x 3 (as usual). It is not as yellow, so next time i might add yellow to it, or simply call it vanilla. Even my family likes it.

Do-ne Says... 5 Oct 2011 , 10:36pm

This recipe is great!! I substitute the shortening with butter and it turn out great! :)) I made a spongebob cake with this recipe :)

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