Here is a birthday cake, it is practical and at the same time it can be made fancy with Decorator Frosting (found on our site). One or more layers can be tinted by adding food coloring.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
1 - 8 inch layer cake
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8 inch round pans.

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  • Sift flour before measuring; resift with salt and baking powder at least twice more.

  • Beat egg yolks until very thick and pale - approximately 5 minutes with a mixer on high speed.

  • In a large bowl, cream butter or margarine and sugar. Blend in eggs. Fold sifted mixture, alternately with milk, into creamed mixture. Stir in vanilla. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until cake springs back when touched. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out, and cool on wire rack. Frost with Decorator Frosting.

Nutrition Facts

647 calories; protein 8.8g 18% DV; carbohydrates 81g 26% DV; fat 32.1g 49% DV; cholesterol 220mg 73% DV; sodium 517.2mg 21% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (15)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2007
GREAT! After reading all the bad reviews I was really wary of the recipe but ended up trying it anyway. This is a wonderful cake and I would highly recommend it to anyone! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/21/2003
This is the worst cake I ever tasted. It tasted like cornbread. It was too salty and heavy. This is not a good recipe at all. Read More
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23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 12
Rating: 1 stars
10/20/2003
This is the worst cake I ever tasted. It tasted like cornbread. It was too salty and heavy. This is not a good recipe at all. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/21/2004
This is the single worst recipe I've ever gotten from this website - the recipes are usually great. The cake tasted like badly cooked pancakes. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/15/2003
Much too heavy and tasteless Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
08/03/2004
I made this for my mom for her birthday and now I feel bad because I worked hard on it. I wanted to make my mom a good cake and this was the opposite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2007
GREAT! After reading all the bad reviews I was really wary of the recipe but ended up trying it anyway. This is a wonderful cake and I would highly recommend it to anyone! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/16/2003
wonderful recipe my family loved it and i didn't have to fuss over it so much. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
06/08/2003
Ill. tasted like banana bread only it didn't have bananas and it wasn't bread. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
04/26/2003
has the texture of cornbread. did not like at all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2009
This cake was a heavier cake like pound cake but I found it to be the best vanilla cake recipe I have ever made. You must use cake flour and you must sift it. For those who would like it lighter I would suggest maybe using 3 whole eggs instead of 7 egg yolks. My only addition to this recipe was a 1/4 tsp of lemon extract. I used a light whipped cream frosting. It would probably make an excellent Jello cake or used for strawberry shortcake. Read More
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