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? One basic batter makes all these and more. Raspberry-Cream Layer Cake, Cappuccino-Chocolate Cupcakes, and Chocolate-Vanilla Marble Cakes each use this entire batch of batter. For the Pineapple Buckle, halve the recipe -- leftover batter would deflate if stored.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Hamburger Cupcakes with Pound Cake Fries

Rating: 4 stars 43
Have fun with favorite baked goods by assembling them together to make sweet faux hamburgers with this recipe from Nicki Puza.

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.

Miniature Yellow Butter Cakes

Rating: 3 stars 18
These baked classics are even sweeter in small versions, topped with a decadent chocolate glaze.

Inspiration and Ideas

Everyone's Favorite Birthday Cake
Rating: Unrated 227
An easy and delicious cake that's suitable for any occasion from baker Matt Lewis of Brooklyn's Baked bakery.
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.
Yellow Cake
Rating: 3.5 stars 171

To make the skirt for a doll's dress cake like this one: Make half the recipe, and bake in a buttered and floured 3-quart, 9 1/2-inch-diameter stainless-steel bowl at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.