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Classic Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

And we’re back! My kitchen is unpacked, the cabinets are stocked, and the oven has been fired up! It feels good to get back to baking and the timing worked out perfectly for Jesse’s arrival back to the States and a pretty important birthday.

Two weeks ago Jesse said goodbye to his 20’s and hello to his 30’s. Unfortunately, I was in the US and he was still in China. Since I didn’t get to make him a cake on his actual birthday, I knew I would I have to have one waiting for him upon his arrival in San Diego. I usually try and make him a fun over-the-top cake (including last years Cookies and Cream Oreo Cake) but this year with everything going on, I just couldn’t get together any over-the-top ideas. So I decided to go basic and classic.

My best friend, Michelle, and I have a running joke that Yellow Cake and Chocolate Frosting is the official cake for boys. It seems like almost all of the boys we know list in their top 3 favorite cakes, if not their all-time favorite. This holds true for Jesse, too. “Mmmm,” he muffled through a half-full mouth, “One of my favorite cakes.”

It works out perfectly for me because I’ve been meaning to add a Classic Yellow Cake to my Baking Basics series. Everyone needs a good yellow cake recipe under their belt, and I this is mine. I love, love, love this recipe. The recipe doesn’t call for extra steps, such as folding in egg whites or using extra egg yolks, so it comes together pretty quickly. And the result is a buttery sweet cake with a soft, tender crumb that is still dense enough to work as a layer cake.


This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Kelsey

    Welcome back! What a great recipe. Happy birthday Jesse!

  2. sara

    Love this! I’m a big fan of yellow cake, but I have to be honest that when it comes to yellow cake, I usually resort to cake mix! Love the homemade recipe – this looks so delicious.

  3. Cynthia

    I burst out laughing when I read the “official cake for boys” part. My hubs is all about this, and sadly I do not make it enough. Will need to remedy that soon, specially after I saw his face when I showed him your (awesome) shots. Poor hubby! His eyes lit up when he said “Hey! That’s my favorite!” Thanks for the laugh 😉

  4. Rachel

    Yellow cake and chocolate frosting was my number choice for birthday cake growing up. Every year I requested it until I started baking myself and then a whole new world opened up to me! I agree that everyone should have a recipe like this under their belt and I don’t! I can’t wait to try this one.

  5. kmnesterable

    Came out delicious, did you mean combine the melted butter with cocoa power in the frosting recipe?

    1. Jessica

      Oh goodness, yes! Thanks for catching that. Correction made. Glad you liked it!

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