Happy Birthday Cake


Say happy birthday with this cake! It's one of my mother's cake recipes for birthdays. I love it — it tastes great.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
1 (9-inch) 3-layer cake


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 4 eggs, separated and divided, at room temperature

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 pinches salt, divided

  • 1 cup milk, room temperature


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8- or 9-inch-diameter cake pans.

  2. Cream sugar and butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.

  3. Sift flour, baking powder, and a pinch salt together into a bowl. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in three batches, alternating with milk, beating batter briefly after each addition. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat for 1 more minute.

  4. Beat egg whites with a pinch salt in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the egg whites into cake batter to lighten it; then gently fold in remaining egg whites. Pour batter into the prepared pans.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the cakes springs back when lightly touched with a fingertip and a tester inserted into the centers comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.


You can use a 9x13-inch baking dish to make this cake. Follow the recipe as written and bake it for about 55 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

215 Calories
2g Fat
44g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 215
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 125mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 65mg 1%

* 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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