This is a classic birthday cake recipe that is perfect for a fluffy yellow cake. Flavorings can be easily adapted for different occasions.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9-inch layer cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans.

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  • Combine sifted flour and baking powder in a bowl; set aside.

  • Cream butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add sugar; beat until creamy, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with milk, beating batter briefly after each addition. Add vanilla and beat until just incorporated. Divide batter equally among the prepared pans.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool completely before frosting.

Cook's Note:

For a different flavor, you can cut back to 1 teaspoon vanilla and use 1/2 teaspoon of almond or lemon extract.

Nutrition Facts

414 calories; protein 6.2g; carbohydrates 58.6g; fat 17.7g; cholesterol 104.3mg; sodium 118.3mg. Full Nutrition
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