Basic Yellow Cake

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by Emjay99

Rich, moist and delicious. I use this recipe as the basis of almost every cake I make, adjusting flavourings for variety. Examples are: adding lemon or orange zest; replacing some of the flour with cocoa powder for chocolate cake; almond flavouring; adding chopped apple or peaches. Endless possibilities. A real reliable standby.

Top Review by Marg CaymanDesigns

I made this in a bundt pan so I could use it as a base for some strawberry shortcake. It took about 42 minutes to test done. The flavor was richer on day two, but I actually think it would be even better with another teaspoon or two of vanilla. I used butter instead of margarine, and buttermilk was my choice of milk.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and set aside.
  3. Cream together the sugar and margarine.
  4. Beat in vanilla and eggs, one at a time.
  5. Alternately add dry ingredients and buttermilk until well blended.
  6. Spread batter evenly into greased and floured cake pans.
  7. Bake for 27 to 35 minutes on middle rack, until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
  8. Cool 10 minutes in pans before removing to wire rack.
  9. Cool completely and frost or fill as desired.
  10. Cake can also be baked in a 13 x 9 inch or Bundt pan.
  11. For orange marble cake: reserve 1 cup of the batter add to it 2 to 3 squares melted and cooled semi-sweet chocolate, add orange zest to remaining yellow batter and swirl chocolate batter through orange batter for marbled effect.

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