Homemade Yellow Cake and Variations

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Recipe by SweetsLady

I was in search of a great yellow cake made from scratch that would taste good if not better than the box. I use this one all the time for my catering business. It makes a thick cake. 6/3/08 Made some changes to make it better.

Top Review by Buttons1mbc

I had to make a wedding cake. I usually use pound but my niece wanted a vanilla layer cake. I have a recipe but it is very light in texture. This recipe was delicious, moist and dense. It was firmer than a traditional layer cake but not as heavy as a pound. It was exactly what I needed. This recipe will replace my orginal recipe. It really was good.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream together butter, shortening, sugar, and pudding.
  2. Add eggs in one at a time.
  3. Add in sour cream and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add flour mixture into butter mixture alternately with milk starting and finishing with flour mixture.
  6. Pour into well greased and floured 13x9 pan.
  7. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes.
  8. Variation for White Cake: Use 4 egg whites instead of the 3 whole eggs.
  9. Variation for Spice Cake: Add 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/4+1/8 teaspoon ground allspice, 1/4+1/8 teaspoon ground cloves to the flour mixture.
  10. Variation for Chocolate Cake: Use chocolate pudding mix and 1/3 cup cocoa. (I then up the milk a little.).

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