Yellow Cake Recipes

Yellow cake is the perfect base for most any kind of filing or frosting. We have our favorite yellow cake recipes, including your standard sheet cake recipe. Don't miss how to make a classic batter in in under 30 minutes.

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Classic Yellow Cake Batter

Rating: 3.5 stars 628
Layer cake, cupcakes, or loaf cake? Our basic yellow cake batter recipe makes all these and more. This classic, all-purpose batter will help you turn out Raspberry-Cream Layer Cake, Cappuccino-Chocolate Cupcakes, and Chocolate-Vanilla Marble Cakes. The buttermilk in the batter is not only a flavor enhancer with its subtle tang, but it also keeps the cake moist and tender. Be patient creaming the butter and sugar, as this important step ensures the final product is light and fluffy.

Simple Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Rating: 3.5 stars 600
This easy all-purpose yellow cake takes just a bit longer to make than one from a packaged mix, but it's worth it.

Raspberry-Cream Layer Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 280
Pretty pink whipped cream is an irresistible filling and frosting in this delicate raspberry layer cake that comes together in just one hour. It's a light and cheerful dessert to serve at a baby shower, birthday party, or on Mother's Day.

Light and Fluffy Yellow Cake

Whipped egg whites are the secret behind this airy, moist cake. Decorate each layer with our Chocolate Frosting for a spectacular birthday or special-occasion dessert.

Yellow Butter Cake

Rating: 3 stars 1316
This is the kind of classic, all-American layer cake that birthday memories are made of. It's guaranteed to please a crowd. To make an 8-inch layer cake, as featured on"Martha Bakes," use 1 teaspoon salt and finish with Mrs. Milman's Chocolate Frosting.Adapted from"Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook."

Blitz Torte

Rich orange-flavored pastry cream is sandwiched between layers of meringue-topped yellow cake in this decadent dessert. Martha made this recipe on "Martha Bakes" episode 713.

Basic Yellow Cake

It's super tall, super moist, and altogether irresistible. Buttermilk and vegetable oil are the MVP ingredients in our delicious yellow cake.

Yellow Sponge Cake

Rating: 3 stars 50
Make two batches of this thin genoise (it's baked in a sheet pan!) for our berries-and-cream-filled Mother's Day Cake.

Fish Birthday Cake

Templates make it easy to build this aquatic creature. Just cut out the parts, assemble them, and frost. When you bring this cake to the table, we guarantee you won't have to fish for compliments.

Barbie Birthday Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 24
When assembling the cake, use a new doll and wrap it in plastic before putting it in the center of the cake. Candles should absolutely not be used, because Barbie's hair is flammable.

Yellow Cake with Lemon Filling

Rating: 3 stars 65
This rich yellow layer cake with sour-lemon filling and chocolate frosting has been one of Martha's favorites since she was a child. Buttermilk adds depth to the dense cake; the frosting creates an impressive presentation when spread atop it. To set the frosting, chill the frosted cake for about 10 minutes before serving.

Inspiration and Ideas

Dog Cake
Raise the woof with this 3-D canine cake, which is baked in two standard 9-by-13-inch baking pans. A pastry bag fitted with a large, plain round tip is all you need to create his curly coat.
Miniature Yellow Butter Cakes
Rating: Unrated 18
These baked classics are even sweeter in small versions, topped with a decadent chocolate glaze.
Banana Split Cake
Rating: 3.5 stars 50

Instead of cake and ice cream, try a birthday party dessert inspired by both. This gooey trifle overflows with layers of vanilla cake, vanilla pudding, whipped cream, bananas, and drippy chocolate sauce.