Best High-Altitude Birthday Cake


This is the best birthday cake recipe that's been perfected for baking at a high altitude of 6,000 feet. It is a dense and moist cake. Frost as desired.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
2 9-inch cake layers


  • 1 ¾ cups white sugar

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • cup unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 5 large eggs, room temperature

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

  • 2 pinches salt

  • 2 ¼ cups milk

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line two 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Grease and flour the bottoms and sides of the pans, making sure to remove excess flour.

  2. Beat 1 ¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar and butter together in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, until well incorporated.

  3. Sift together flour, 1 tablespoon plus ¾ teaspoon baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.

  4. Mix milk, vanilla, and almond extract together in a third bowl.

  5. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk mixture to butter mixture; blend well. Evenly distribute batter between the 2 prepared cake pans.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

  7. Remove cakes from the oven; let sit for 5 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks before removing cakes from the pans.

Cook's Note:

It is imperative that you do not open the oven at any time to check on the cake while it is baking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

378 Calories
13g Fat
58g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 378
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 225mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 156mg 12%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 132mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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