This recipe is so easy and soooo good! I like to swap out the vanilla and use other extracts, or add some lemon or orange zest-very good! Here’s the video on youtube showing how I make it:

Easy Yellow Cake


  • 2 3/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. Crisco shortening
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 c. milk


    Preheat oven to 350, grease and flour pan(s).

  1. Sift together dry ingredients in a medium bowl. In a large bowl cream the shortening and sugar until somewhat fluffy and creamy-about 4 minutes. Add the vanilla extract, then the eggs and mix until just blended. Alternate adding the flour mixture and milk in three parts beginning with the flour and again mix until just blended. Pour into pan(s) and bake for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out with just a few crumbs. This recipe can make a 9×13 layer or a 2 layer 8″ or 9″ cake.


AnnaJo Says... 7 Sep 2009 , 8:38am

Thanks Serious_Cakes will try today. P.S. I spent two days seen all your youtube videos, I love them, thank you for doing them. Please make more : )

vaguirre2116 Says... 24 Sep 2009 , 12:07pm

Hi, Would love to see your videos, can you post the link.

thanks a bunch!

staciecakes_ Says... 6 Nov 2009 , 11:29am

I just have to say your recipe is a lifesaver. I needed a quick yellow cake for a baby shower. I was skeptical at first using crisco, but it actually came out better than using butter. Thank you so much for posting this recipe.

princesitarita Says... 19 Jan 2010 , 3:03pm

Hello! If I wanted to use this for a 12 inch cake what do I need to do?

Cinico Says... 27 Jan 2010 , 3:04pm

I have this cake in the oven right now!! I am excited to taste it. I have made scratch before using butter instead of crisco but I don't like them. Hopefullly I will like this one better. Oh and I saw your video on youtube and wanted to say thank you for posting it, it was awesome.

shill016 Says... 2 Feb 2010 , 9:43am

It tastes like really sweet cornbread.

SeriousCakes Says... 16 Mar 2010 , 12:12pm

Where I come from, corn bread is salty, fried and gritty. This cake is not any of those things.

moocow86 Says... 19 Mar 2010 , 12:24pm

too funny i watch your videos on youtube and here you are never thought id find you on here .. not that you wouldnt be just never thought it hahah =) thanks for the recipe

HeidiL Says... 14 Apr 2010 , 7:19am

This is a very good yellow cake recipe. Cake is moist and flavorful. Perfect! Thanks for sharing!

mommy2landonmason Says... 29 Jun 2010 , 6:25pm

Tired this out tonight, it is so good! very moist

BakerzJoy Says... 3 Jul 2010 , 3:09pm

Just tried this cake after searching endlessly for a yellow cake and all I have to say is WOW!!! Awesome flavor and very moist. Client raved and now It's a keeper!! Making it again tonight for the firefighters tomorrow for the 4th of july flag cake. Thanks for posting!!

ChrisJack1 Says... 10 Aug 2010 , 6:23am

I was wondering if you think it would be ok to use butter flavored shortening? I'm looking for a recipe to make a cake for my son's birthday, but he wants a buttery cake.....

SeriousCakes Says... 13 Aug 2010 , 12:04pm

I haven't tried butter flavored shortening with this, it would probably work the same. However, McCormick and Wilton both make butter flavorings that you could add, I love McCormicks Vanilla Butter and Nut flavoring, tastes sooooo yummy!!

CoutureCakeCreations Says... 5 Sep 2010 , 3:11pm

Just tried this recipe and now it is my new recipe for cakes. I love it!! Thanks for posting such an easy and great tasting recipe.

carmenid Says... 25 Jan 2011 , 8:37am

I tried to comment on your video but it's not allowed. Can you tell me if this is dense enough to stack please?

minnie28 Says... 4 Mar 2011 , 4:15pm

Waoo thank you for this recipe.. is very easy and taste really good.

cakeeffect Says... 10 Mar 2011 , 10:42am

I tried with butter flavored shortening, which gave it a nice flavor but it was sort of gritty, like cornbread.

Kenikenmaui Says... 2 Jul 2011 , 9:39am

Would this cake be dense enough for stacking, carving, and themed cakes?

KaysKidz Says... 23 Oct 2011 , 12:04pm

Just pulled this cake out of the oven. All I've done is taste the crumbs and it's to die for!!!!! Can't wait for it to finish cooling so I can get this puppy frosted and decorated so we can eat it!! The only thing I did with the recipe was add yellow food coloring to give it better color. Otherwise, I followed it to a T!

newbreed Says... 19 Dec 2011 , 11:26am

this cake is the bomb! MOIST MOIST MOIST! I have been searching for a universal batter that can be used for many flavors and this is it. I Personally, think that it is sorta bland as is. I used 1/2 the recipe in the plain form - as the recipe is listed above. then I took 1/2 of the recipe and added 1 tblsp. cinnamon, and a couple shakes of the apple pie spice to the mix. then I placed it in cupcake molds w/ papers- and on top, I added a struesel mix that I just made up on a whim. it was like, brown sugar, cinnamon, and a little bit of butter to hold it all together. mixed just a little till struesel like and put a little on top of each cupcake. It was DELISH! you could add butter and almond extract for a delicious butter almond wedding cake, or coconut extract and some coconut for a killer coconut cake. I have LOTS of ideas and experimenting to do with this one. but, TRULY happy with the first batch.

jules87 Says... 24 May 2012 , 10:32pm

Did not like this at all. I agree with another poster-tastes like sweet cornbread. It was slightly smoother, but didn't taste anything like a yellow cake.

QueenBCreations Says... 4 Oct 2012 , 6:19pm

I also did not like this at all. Sweet corn bread is a very accurate description. Tried it with icing also and it did not compliment... not a keeper.

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