Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting


There’s always a reason to celebrate and make cake right? It’s about time I share a Yellow Cake recipe because it’s a classic we should all know how to make from scratch. This cake is soft and moist with the perfect combination of density and fluff to it, it’s somewhere just between the two. And when you top with with a rich, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate buttercream frosting you know it’s got to be good!

Slice of Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Once you make cakes from scratch you’ll realized there’s definitely no need to return to a box mix. No question, they’re just so much better. They have more flavor and I think they have a better texture. Homemade cakes are much closer to (good) bakery quality cakes than the box mixes. I love making cakes and of course I love eating them, especially this one! It’s perfectly delicious! 

Have you noticed I can’t stop swirling batters and frostings? It’s my stress reliever :). They are just so pillowy, smooth and fluffy, so how do I resist?


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Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

5 from 5 votes
This cake is soft and moist with the perfect combination of density and fluff to it, it's somewhere just between the two. And when you top with with a rich, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate buttercream frosting you know it's got to be good!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 14
Calories: 643 kcal



  • 1 1/4 cups (160g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups (135g) cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 2/3 cups (356g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (8 oz) buttermilk

Chocolate Buttercream ( recipe link below)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 2 9-inch round baking pans, line with parchment paper and butter parchment. Lightly dust pans with flour and shake out excess, set pans aside.
  2. Sift all-purpose flour and cake flour into a mixing bowl. Add baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk 20 seconds, set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whip together butter and granulated sugar until pale and fluffy (if not using a paddle attachment that constantly scrapes bowl, then stop mixer occasionally throughout entire mixing process and scrape down sides and bottom of bowl). Blend in vegetable oil. Mix in eggs one at time then blend in egg yolks. Mix in vanilla. Add in 1/3 of the flour mixture then mix just until combined, then add in 1/2 of the buttermilk and blend until combined, repeat process once more then finish by mixing in remaining 1/3 of the flour mixture. Scrape down sides and bottom of bowl with a rubber spatula.
  4. Divide batter among prepared cake pans. Bake in preheated oven 25 - 29 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pans several minutes, run knife around edge to make sure they are loose, then invert onto wire racks to cool (once halfway cool I recommend wrapping with plastic wrap until completely cool). Frost with chocolate buttercream once cool. Store in an airtight container.
  5. For the Chocolate Buttercream Frosting follow link HERE.

  6. Recipe source: Cooking Classy
Nutrition Facts
Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 643 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 339mg 14%
Potassium 174mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 76g 25%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 56g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 20.9%
Calcium 6.6%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • Deb: Looks so yummy! Great pics! April 9, 2015 at 7:11am Reply

  • Amber @ The Bewitched Baker: I could not agree more: you’ve got to make cake from scratch. You just HAVE to. There’s no comparison.

    My mother made a cake just like this for birthdays while my brother and I were growing up, and I’ve made the same cake for my friends and family. You’re right when you say there’s always something to celebrate. :)

    Thanks for sharing! Every basic cake recipe out there encourages people to try the “from-scratch” method! :) April 9, 2015 at 6:57am Reply

  • Jenna: What a gorgeous classic looking cake. I bet it tastes delicious!! April 9, 2015 at 6:20am Reply

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I would take yellow cake with choc frosting ANY DAY over most any other combos of cake! When it’s done right, yellow cake is amazing and you most clearly did this one RIGHT! :) April 9, 2015 at 2:42am Reply

  • Elle @ Only Taste Matters: Beautiful! I love how your have both the oil and butter. A great balance of tenderness and flavor. And the half and half in the buttercream must taste amazing! So rich and decadent! Everyone should have a go to yellow cake recipe and i think I just found mine. April 8, 2015 at 4:42pm Reply

  • Josie: OMG your cakes are drool worthy :) April 8, 2015 at 2:55pm Reply

  • Tasbih @ Cleobuttera: Gosh that looks divine! I can’t get enough of yellow cakes and this certainly looks like one I’d love to devour. That light and fluffy crumb looks irresistible. Can’t wait to try it. Pinned! April 8, 2015 at 2:51pm Reply

  • Brittany: This is my comfort food! Although mine usually comes from a box :) Will try this! April 8, 2015 at 12:17pm Reply

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