Birthday Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting.

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Author Notes: This is a wonderful basic yellow cake from my great friend, Kathleen. Once you've had this cake, it will become your go-to birthday cake. It's easy and it's likely you have all the ingredients in your house, which means you can make it quickly upon discovering at noon one of your dinner guests is celebrating a birthday.MrsWheelbarrow

Serves 10

Yellow Cake

  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 325
  2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Stir in sugar
  4. Add butter, milk and vanilla. Beat at low speed for 30 sec., then at medium speed for 2 minutes, then beat in eggs for 2 min.
  5. Divide batter into two 8" round pans, buttered and floured.
  6. Bake 30-35 min. Cool in pans for 10 minutes, then invert and allow to cool completely.

Chocolate Frosting

  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2/3 cups butter
  • 2-4 ounces melted chocolate
  • 2/3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk, as needed to achieve consistency
  1. Beat together all the ingredients and frost immediately. The frosting will set up in a few minutes.

Tags: Birthday Party, cupcakes

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27 days ago Jessica36

Would this recipe work for cupcakes as well?

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27 days ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

Yes, it works perfectly!

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about 1 year ago Lynn Wainess

Ok. Great start. Now, semi sweet or unsweetened chocolate? I used semi sweet and I think unsweetened would have been better. Chef?

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27 days ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

I prefer bittersweet, but semi sweet is what my friend uses. She like sweeter foods than I do.

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about 1 year ago Lynn Wainess

I just made this cake and the icing did not turn out. First, the recipe does not me ton that you should melt the chocolate with the butter. I figured that out after trying to whip everything together including room temp butter. Also, there is no mention of what kind of chocolate. I used semi-sweet (70%) and the c
Icing was too sweet. Probably best with unsweetened chocolate. Anyone else have these problems?
This is my favorite cake (we call it bumblebee cake in sf) and I will try it again with those adjustments.

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about 1 year ago MrsWheelbarrow

Cathy is a trusted source on Pickling/Preserving.

You're absolutely right.
Beat room temperature butter into the powdered sugar until you have a smooth frosting. Beat in the melted chocolate, vanilla and as much milk as you need to achieve frosting consistency. Then, frost the cake.

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over 1 year ago JenniferF

P.S. I also wondered if you'd ever added citrus zest? I couldn't help thinking that it would make for a fantastic lemon cake with plain cream cheese frosting!

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over 1 year ago MrsWheelbarrow

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So glad you enjoyed it. I think it would be divine with a lemon zest tang!

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over 1 year ago JenniferF

I made this cake for my daughter's birthday Friday night with a chocolate cream cheese frosting. (I do think it would have been better with your frosting or any that was much fudgier.) A very good cake! Almost has a pound cake quality to it. I will definitely use this as a go-to yellow cake. BTW, Hello again, MrsW! We met at Jen and Ed's house last spring!

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about 2 years ago BavarianCook

Thank you, MrsW! This was the right thing for a friend who insisted on yellow cake with chocolate frosting for a birthday cake. The yellow cake is actually quite tasty and I think I will use that recipe again as a base for a rolled up cake. For that I would spread out the batter on a baking sheet and roll it up with a fruit and whipped cream filling. Thanks again!

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about 2 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

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So glad you enjoyed it,

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about 3 years ago QueenOfGreen

Thank you for this! It was 8:54pm, and the grocery store was going to close in 6 minutes, and I was responsible for the office birthday party the next day - thankfully this used all ingredients already on hand!

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over 4 years ago WinnieAb

It's not me who's insane, it's my daughter...she does not like chocolate frosting...

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over 4 years ago WinnieAb

I just found out I need to make a cake for one of my Thanksgiving guests so this is perfect! Do you have a favorite white frosting too?

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over 4 years ago MrsWheelbarrow

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I've never imagined a birthday cake without chocolate frosting! :) But if you insist, I would omit the chocolate, add more vanilla, or even, almond extract. Or, take a different route and add some citrus zest & juice instead of the milk.