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: 3.51 stars
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: 3.28 stars
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: 3.59 stars
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: 3.13 stars
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.

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.

Yellow Sponge Cake

Rating: 2.96 stars
Make two batches of this thin genoise (it's baked in a sheet pan!) for our berries-and-cream-filled Mother's Day Cake.

Barbie Birthday Cake

Rating: 3.58 stars
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: 3.08 stars
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

Hamburger Cupcakes with Pound Cake Fries
Rating: Unrated
Have fun with favorite baked goods by assembling them together to make sweet faux hamburgers with this recipe from Nicki Puza.
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.

Pineapple Buckle

Rating: 4 stars

Adding pineapple rings partway through baking means they sit prettily on the cake and don't sink into the batter.